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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 2004 to June 2013:


  • 120 students have completed the program over the past 6 years. Dept of Education requires that we track students for 6 years.
  • 98% attended at least one quarter/semester of college
  • 83% have graduated from a four year college
  • An additional 13% are currently in the midst of their college programs
  • Over 53 students have participated or are currently participating in the Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program(PSEOP)

Special Recognitions for undergraduates during the past nine years:

  • Six students received the Mayor's Medal of Honor .
  • Four 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.
  • Three students have been speakers at their high school's graduation.
  • Seven students were selected to attend Flourish Camp.
  • Six sophomores were selected to attend the Northern Stars Leadership Conference.
  • Seven students had poems or photo essays selected for national publication.
  • 31 students participated in their school's academic honor societies.


Scholarships and Special Honors

- Of the students who graduated between 2005-2012:

  • 96 students have received at least one scholarship
  • The total amount of scholarship money that has been received by students is approximately $385,249.00
  • Twenty-two scholarships involving statewide competition have been received
  • Six students were awarded the national Dell Scholars Scholarships
  • Nine Upward Bound students have received Beat the Odds scholarships.
  • Twelve students participated in Study Abroad Programs

Upward Bound graduates are currently attending: 

  • Augsburg College
  • Rochester Community & Technical College
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Winona State University
  • North Dakota State University
  • Mayo School of Health Related Sciences
  • St. Cloud State University
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • University of Minnesota Rochester
  • North Dakota State University
  • Metropolitan State University
  • The Art Institutes International Minnesota
  • University of St. Thomas
  • Rutgers The State University of New Jersey

Last Updated: September 11, 2014


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