How to Apply

Upward Bound is generally considered a four year commitment. The ideal time to apply is during the student's eighth grade year. However, interested ninth and tenth graders are still encouraged to apply.

To Request an Application, You May:

  • Visit to room 110 Sneden Hall - located at 415 E Fulton Street
  • Phone call to 616-234-2190 and request an application
  • Email to and request an application

Completed application process includes:

  • Parent income verification
  • Parent signature
  • Photocopy of prospective student's social security card
  • Recommendation from student's school counselor
  • Recommendation from a teacher of the student
  • Copy of educational transcript
  • Copy of most recent report card
  • Copy of most recent standardized test scores
  • Student written essay/questionnaire
  • Scheduled interview with Upward Bound staff (call 616-234-2190)

In order to consider an application complete, these documents MUST accompany the application when submitted.