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TRIO Upward Bound
Peni Mounga, Director

Spafford Hall 106

1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401

Rachael Gilbertson, Secretary

Phone: 605-626-7782

Email: University College

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Upward Bound at Northern
"NSU Upward Bound gave me confidence to be myself and know I can achieve a lot if I put my mind to it. If I wasn’t in the program, I don’t know if I would’ve gone to college.”
Kelsey Long
NSU business management graduate, NSU masters degree candidate

Northern's Upward Bound Program helps students graduate from high school and successfully complete postsecondary education.


Upward Bound is a federal grant program designed to inspire and support students in their pursuit of postsecondary education. The program offers services throughout the academic year and during a 6-week residential summer program at Northern.

Upward Bound offers eligible students expert help with:
  • Academic advising
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
  • ACT preparation
  • Time management
  • Financial and economic literacy
  • Scholarship preparation and completion
  • Cultural experiences
  • Choosing a career, and
  • Selecting a college or university


During Northern's summer program, students attend classes in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages.  

School Year Program
• Meet monthly with an Upward Bound advisor
• Maintain good attendance at school
• Participate in weekend  workshops
• Stay in good academic standing (2.5+ GPA)
• Work with Upward Bound tutors
• Receive a monthly stipend
Summer Program
• Six weeks' free room and board on Northern's campus
• Educational instruction in math, science, computers, art, composition, reading and Spanish
• Use of Northern's computer and science labs
• Individual advising and tutoring
• Hands-on learning
• Free college visits and educational adventures in cities such as Minneapolis, Chicago, Kansas City, and Denver
• Potential to earn high school AND college credit
• Weekly stipend
Bridge Program
Qualified  graduating  Upward  Bound  seniors  who have attended the summer program are eligible to earn college credit! Enroll at NSU for a summer class­, and Upward Bound picks up the tab for room, board, tuition and books.
How to Get Involved
To be part of NSU Upward Bound, applicants must:
• Be a 9th-11th grader at Aberdeen Central High School or high schools in Britton-Hecla, Doland, Frederick, Langford, Sisseton, Waubay, Webster, or Wilmot, S.D.
• Want academic support to help prepare for college
• Aspire to attend and graduate from college
• Meet income and parental education guidelines