Skip to main content

Cornell University

David M. Einhorn Center for
Community Engagement

An integration of the Public Service Center and
the Office of Engagement Initiatives

Cornell Upward Bound

Hey Cornell - Summer staff hiring is live! Want to work in Ithaca during the summer and make a difference in the lives of young scholars? Apply today!

"In my 32 years of Public Education, Upward Bound has been the most effective, dependable and impactful community program that Elmira High School has collaborated with." -Chris Krantz, Principal

Upward Bound, one of eight TRIO Programs funded by the US Department of Education, is a free college preparatory program for qualifying students. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and/or high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. Through Upward Bound, students develop the skills and motivation necessary to ensure their high school graduation, college enrollment and success in pursuing a higher education. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. Upward Bound provides a collegiate environment whereby selected students participate in enrichment courses and activities to prepare them for college.

Welcoming the class of 2025

During the winter of 2021/2022, 37 9th-grade students in each of our target school districts committed themselves to applying to become the next class of Upward Bound. This class is ready to achieve goals, make friends and make an impact on the world around them. Join us in congratulating them! If you attend one of our target schools and would like to know more about joining Upward Bound, please reach out today.

Program History

The Upward Bound program has been effectively working with high school students in Elmira and Groton since 2007. In 2012, Cornell’s Upward Bound program was successfully refunded to serve and was expanded to include Newfield & Spencer – Van Etten School districts. Most recently, in 2017, Upward Bound received another 5 years of funding to continue to provide services to the students and families of these districts as well as being awarded a second grant which increased numbers of students served and allowed the addition of Dryden and Candor school districts.

Summer and Academic Year Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Upward Bound employs a large community of Cornell students and community members to facilitate all aspects of our college preparatory program. Staff can be Cornell students at large, students with federal work study awards, community members, and local NYS educators. Upward Bound staff are integral to the delivery of the educational and enrichment services we offer our students. Opportunities for facilitating tutoring, hosting Upward Bound Clubs, designing enrichment programming, supporting program logistics, facilitating career and college exposure programs, etc. are open throughout the summer and academic year. See below for open positions.

Academic Year Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

None at this time.

Contact Information

Liz Millhollen, Upward Bound Associate Director