What is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound is an academic support services program sponsored by Robert Morris University and funded through the U. S. Department of Education.  Upward Bound is designed to identify and select qualified high school students who, with support, will enter and graduate from a four year college/university.


Upward Bound provides opportunities for the academic development of high school students.  The program helps to motivate students towards the successful completion of their high school diploma, and facilitates the process of transition into an institution of higher education.

What services are available to you?

  • One-on-one academic and personal counseling
  • Academic skills assessment
  • Personal and professional development programs
  • Study skills workshops
  • Time and stress management workshops
  • Tutoring
  • Standardized test preparation (ACT/SAT, PSAT, PLAN, EXPLORE)
  • Cultural and educational enrichment activities
  • Audio-visual library
  • Computer lab
  • Mentoring
  • Assistance completing financial aid forms and college/scholarship applications for post-secondary education.

Do I qualify for this program?

  • The U.S. Department of Education and Robert Morris University have a set criteria.

 Students must be:

    • At a low family income level.
    • Potential first generation college student.
    • U.S. Citizen, national or permanent resident.
    • Enrolled at one of our target schools (Lincoln Park High School, Curie High School and John F. Kennedy High School).

If you are interested in joining the program, attending our activities, or looking for more information visit RMUTRIO.org.

Our Staff

Student Support Services Staff

Angelica Castaneda
(312) 935-6015

Alexander Ramirez Mendoza
Student Coordinator/Financial & Career Counselor
(312) 935-6017

James C. Jackson
Student Advisor/Instructional Focus
(312) 935-6014

Alyssa D. Simmons
Administrative Assistant
(312) 935-6100

Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction is available for all SSS participants on Monday – Friday between 8:30am-6:00pm

Upward Bound Staff

Carolyn M. Basley
Director Upward Bound/ Educational Talent Search
(312) 935-4556

Amy Lawrence
Assistant Director
(312) 935-4568

Yolanda Pittman
Academic Coordinator
(312) 935-4564

Diana Dalnes
Project Assisant
(312) 935-4569

Educational Talent Search Staff

Carolyn M. Basley
Director Upward Bound/ Educational Talent Search
(312) 935-4556

Veronica Infante
Assistant Director
(312) 935-4553

Danielle Mitchell
Educational Specialist
(312) 935-4556

Diana Dalnes
Project Assisant
(312) 935-4569