Welcome to the TRIO Upward Bound Rural Program

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 Upward Bound Rural Program Overview

 Upward Bound Rural is a free, year-round college preparatory program for high school students. It is 100% grant funded by the federal government. The goal of the program is to prepare low income, potential first-generation college-bound students for success in post-secondary education. Students attending a target school in George West, Sinton, or Odem must qualify in order to be selected. Once selected, students remain in the program until their graduation from high school and completion of their first summer semester of college.

 Mission Statement

Our mission is to assist low-income, first-generation college-bound high school students in the successful completion of secondary education and prepare them academically and socially for enrollment and completion of higher education.

Participating High Schools

George West High School Odem High School Sinton High School

Academic Year

From September through May, students attend classes on specified Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Instruction is offered in mathematics, laboratory science, English, reading, writing, speech, history/government, and life management skills which include study skills, career awareness, and related topics. Tutoring is also offered on Saturday class days.

Academic Saturdays

UBR participants meet with the academic advisor and staff ONCE a month on a Saturday to receive supplemental instruction. Participants have the opportunity to attend student enrichment workshops/events and enhance their academic skills in English, Reading, Writing, Math.

Summer Component

Starting in June, the students attend a six-week summer program. Classes, cultural events, and field trips are held from Sunday evening through Thursday afternoon. The summer program offers instruction in mathematics, English, laboratory science, foreign language, life management skills, computer science and fine arts.

Bridge Program

After graduating from high school, qualifying Upward Bound Rural students enroll at Coastal Bend College for their first summer semester. Students are assisted with the admission and financial aid process, as well as their academic transition to college. In addition, tutoring, counseling, and various other services are offered.


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Students must be:
1. Low income and/or potential first generation college (neither
parent has a bachelor's degree)
2. At least 13 years old
3. Entering the 9th or 10th grade of high school
4. Be a student attending a target school
5. Be a citizen, national, or a permanent resident of the U.S.


The 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now open. The redesigned FAFSA has significantly less questions to answer and more students could qualify for the PELL grant. This is a key step in the college admission process and we are here to help. We are now taking appointments for FAFSA assistance. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm. If you would like to schedule an appointment for FAFSA assistance, please click here.


E-Scholarships - (Login credentials provided to Senior Participants only)
Apply Texas Help for Bridge Participants & TSI Testers
Appy Texas for Bridge Participants & CBC Dual Credit
Recommendation Form
Consent for Treatment of a MinorFERPA Release Form
Permission Slip Form


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Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Summer Hours:
Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

3800 Charco Road
Dougherty (Student Union Building)
Room 122, 128, and 129
Beeville, TX 78102









TRIO Upward Bound Rural Staff
Stephanie Hollis
Hollis, Stephanie
Director, TRIO Upward Bound-Rural Program
Stephanie Gonzales
Gonzales, Stephanie
Administrative Assistant, TRIO Upward Bound Rural Program
Sucess Coach, TRIO Upward Bound Rural Program