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UND TRIO Programs- Upward Bound History
In 1966, the first grant proposal for Upward Bound at UND was written and submitted by Dr. Craig Miller, Director of the Memorial Student Union. The grant application was successful and Upward Bound officially received federal funding that year. The program’s mission was to provide educational access to disadvantaged (low-income, first generation) high school students from across the state and promote both their enrollment in higher education and their completion of a four-year degree.
The first Upward Bound Program was housed in the Memorial Union, and Dr. Miller became the first Upward Bound Director. During these early years the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Bernard O’Kelly, was a great supporter and advocate for the program, and it continued to thrive. In 1980, Neil Reuter was named Director of Upward Bound. His work as director during the following 27 years provided consistent support and guidance in program development, as federal regulations concerning Upward Bound operations became increasingly structured and academically oriented.
Throughout its 43 year history at UND, Upward Bound has served approximately 3,300 students. The Upward Bound summer program, a six week residential experience, particularly has been effective in providing impetus for students to achieve educational success. Former students from the Upward Bound Program continue to support the program through: membership in the UND TRIO Alumni Society; mentoring current students; and advocating nationally for the program.