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The TRIO Upward Bound program at the Cambridge Campus and Coon Rapids Campus offers area high school students opportunities to develop motivation and skills necessary to complete high school and enroll in post-secondary education following high school graduation. This is a free service provided by a federal grant. 

Upward Bound Activities are designed to meet the following objectives:

  1. Increase academic performance of program participants
  2. Increase motivation of participants to complete high school and pursue post-secondary education
  3. Provide informative career and educational opportunities for all participants
  4. Increase participation in cultural/educational opportunities beyond those available through high schools
  5. Provide tutoring services, academic advising and counseling to program participants
  6. Provide assistance in completing the application process for admission to a postsecondary institution

    Kyle Vadner, (651) 317-9641

    director of trio

    upward bound Cambridge Campus

    dannica smelter, (320) 416-0055

    trio upward bound advisor
    St. francis High school

    Amanda Otto, (612) 460-1967

    trio upward bound advisor
    cambridge-isanti high school

    amanda spencer, (763) 200-6302

    trio upward bound advisor
    braham high school and mora high school

    Ace Schwartz, (651) 419-6889


    Main Office: 

    1170 x1 upwardbound



    Virginia acevez, 763-433-1323

    TRIO Upward Bound
    Anoka High School, Champlin Park High School

    Nicole carlson, 763-433-1316

    trio Upward bound
    Park Center high school, osseo senior high school

    joshua lee, 763-433-1265
    trio upward bound 
    blaine high school, coon rapids high school

    Nou yang, 763-433-1357
    trio upward bound
    park center High school, spring lake high school

  • Upward Bound is a free program that offers three primary required components:

    • Tutoring
    • Saturday sessions
    • Six-week summer program

    Services included:

    • Advising services
    • Career exploration
    • College campus visits
    • Assistance with college applications, financial aid and study skills
  • Upward Bound at Anoka-Ramsey is 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department of Education determines the eligibility criteria that students must meet in order to participate in the Upward Bound program. All participants must be either U.S. Citizens or have permanent residency status (must be able to provide program with permanent residency number).

    Students should be motivated to work to prepare for graduation and get ready to enter college. In addition, students must meet at least one of the following two requirements:

    1. Be a first-generation college student (neither parent, or parent that you live with, has completed a four-year bachelor's degree) and/or
    2. Come from a family that reports modest income (this year's tax information is required with your application and UB staff will determine eligibility)

    Students are not required to have a minimum GPA.

    It is expected that students accepted into Upward Bound take the program requirements seriously. Upward Bound is a privilege and needs to be treated as such. Students accepted into the program that do not meet the participation requirements may be put on probation or excused from the program to allow other students to join.

  • Please complete this eligibility form. After you submit, our staff will follow up with you on next steps.

    Given that you are eligible for our program, you will receive our application which requires:

    1. One Teacher Recommendation Form

    2. Counselor Recommendation Form (includes your most recent MCA scores and transcript)

    Applying does not guarantee admission into the program. Completed applications are reviewed by our staff to determine need for the program and best fit. The top candidates are selected for an intake interview with the student and parent(s). After intake interviews are all completed and additional paperwork is turned in, students are then selected for admission into the program.

    Feel free to call (763-433-1170, ext. 1) or email the Upward Bound office ( to schedule a meeting with an Upward Bound advisor to talk about the program and see if it is a good fit for you.

  • Print, complete and provide an Expression of Interest form to the Upward Bound advisor at your High School.

    These forms are also available:

    • by calling the Upward Bound office at the Coon Rapids Campus: 763-433-1170, ext 1
    • at your high school counselor's office
    • at your high school's Upward Bound tutoring location

    Upward Bound Tutoring Schedule 

    High School Day(s) of Week Time
    Anoka Tues & Thurs 2:45 to 4:45 pm
    Blaine Tues & Thurs 2:45 to 4:45 pm
    Champlin Park Mon & Wed 2:45 to 4:45 pm
    Coon Rapids Mon & Wed 2:45 to 4:45 pm
    Osseo Mon & Wed 2:15 to 4:15 pm
    Park Center Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 2:15 to 4:15 pm
    Spring Lake Park Tues & Thurs 2:45 to 4:45 pm
  • Upward Bound does not provide scholarships. However, we work with students to apply for college scholarships.

Supplementary Information

  • Contacts

    Upward Bound 
    Cambridge Campus Rm D229
    763-433-1170, ext 1

    Upward Bound
    Coon Rapids Campus Rm SC122
    763-433-1170, ext 2

  • Serving Area Schools

    Cambridge Upward Bound
    Braham Area High School
    Cambridge-Isanti High School
    Mora High School
    North Branch High School
    Princeton High School
    St. Francis High School

    Coon Rapids Upward Bound
    Anoka High School
    Blaine High School
    Champlin Park High School
    Coon Rapids High School
    Osseo Senior High School
    Park Center High School
    Spring Lake Park High School

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