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What are the results?

Four years after high school graduation, Upward Bound participants were four times more likely to have earned a college degree as were comparable non-participants. Thus far, 98% of RCTC Upward Bound graduates have enrolled in postsecondary education.

Profile of Graduates from September 2007 to June 2014:

  • 97 students have completed the program over the past 7 years (The Dept. of Education requires that we track students for 6 years after graduating from high school.)
  • 99% attended at least one quarter/semester of college
  • 16% have graduated from a two year college
  • 30% have graduated from a four year college
  • 2% have graduated with a master's degree
  • An additional 13% are currently in the midst of their college programs
  • Over 26 students have participated or are currently participating in the Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program(PSEOP)

Special Recognitions for undergraduates during the past eight years:

  • Four students received the Mayor's Medal of Honor
  • Six students received the Outstanding Youth in Olmsted County Award
  • One student was the recipient of the Microsoft/Boys and Girls Club national digital arts competition
  • Upward Bound student representation on the Boys and Girls Club Governing Council and competed at both state and national competitions
  • Upward Bound student representation on the Olmsted County Youth Commission 
  • Upward Bound student representation on the Olmsted County Human Rights Commission
  • Upward Bound student representation on the Diversity Council
  • Two students were selected to attend Flourish Camp
  • Three poems or photo essays from students were selected for national publication
  • 25% of the students participated in their school's academic honor societies
  • One student wrote a fiction book and had it published

Scholarships and Special Honors

- Of the students who graduated between 2007-2014:

  • 84% of the Upward Bound students have received at least one scholarship
  • Four Upward Bound students were awarded the national Dell Scholars Scholarship ($10,000 each)
  • Five Upward Bound students have received Beat the Odds Scholarship.($500 to $2,500)
  • Eleven Upward Bound students have received the Upward Bound Scholarship ($250-$500)
  • Five Upward Bound students participated in Study Abroad Programs

Upward Bound graduates are currently attending: 

  • Stanford College
  • University of Iowa
  • Rochester Community & Technical College
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Winona State University
  • North Dakota State University
  • Yale University
  • St. Cloud State University
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • University of Minnesota Rochester
  • Metropolitan State University
  • The Art Institutes International Minnesota
  • University of St. Thomas
  • Rutgers The State University of New Jersey
Contact Information
(507) 285-7210 or 1‑800‑247‑1296
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