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Upward Bound STEM

Fact Sheet

In 2013, Chico was awarded a fourth Upward Bound in the form of a STEM program.

Upward Bound STEM is a year-round program for motivated students with academic potential and who are interested in math, science, engineering and information technology. Participants must have a goal of attending college. Upward Bound STEM provides the following services to students:

• Weekly academic tutoring
• Test preparation workshops
• Parent workshops in their native language
• Six week summer residential program
• Leadership development
• Laptop and equipment loan program
• Assistance with A-G college prep course selection
• Financial aid and college application assistance
• College visitation trips
• Research with university faculty and graduate students


Participant Eligibility

Participants must be entering grades 11 or 12. Family income must meet the criteria established by the US Government OR neither of the parents have a 4-year college degree. Selection is also based on recommendations from teachers, grades, test scores and a personal interview. You must be attending one of the following high schools:

Oroville H.S. River Valley H.S. Pleasant Valley H.S.
Live Oak H.S. Willows H.S.  

-or- from any MESA, Educational Talent Search (ETS) or Upward Bound program in Northern California.


2013 Annual Low-Income Levels for Participant Eligibility:

(Effective January 24, 2013 Until Further Notice)

Size of Family Unit 48 Contiguous States, D.C., and Outlying Jurisdictions Alaska Hawaii
1 $17,235 $21,525 $19,845
2 $23,265 $29,070 $26,775
3 $29,295 $36,615 $33,705
4 $35,325 $44,160 $40,635
5 $41,355 $51,705 $47,565
6 $47,385 $59,250 $54,495
7 $53,415 $66,795 $61,425
8 $59,445 $74,340 $68,355

For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,030 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $7,545 for Alaska; and $6,930 for Hawaii.

The term low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The poverty guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register, Vol. 78, No. 16, January 24, 2013, pp. 5182-5183.

(Source: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/incomelevels.html)


Profile of a New Upward Bounder:

There have been 241 participants accepted by Upward Bound Math Science since 2004. Of those participants:

the mean grade level is 10th grade
the mean GPA is 3.55
the mean reading ability is .08 years below grade level
the mean taxable family income is $6,512 for a family of 6 people
the mean education of the father is grade 5.8
the mean education of the mother is grade 5.7
168 or 70% are both low income and first generation
125 or 52% are female
116 or 48% are male
116 or 48% are Asian
79 or 33% are Latino
31 or 13% are White
2 or 1% are African-American
8 or 3% are East Indian
2 or 1% are Native American
0 or 0% are Pacific Islander 

California State University, ChicoDivision of Student Affairs