Sampson COunty Schools UPward Bound

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits


Our Mission

Upward Bound prepares students for a better future and helps them succeed in life. We give students the knowledge they need to go to college. We provide students with the opportunity to attend college.  


Our Impact

Upward Bound has made a great impact on the Sampson County community and students. We help the community through volunteer activities. We help improve Sampson County through activities like reading to children and teaching them about different cultures. We also show students that there are many opportunities outside of Sampson County. We help students choose and explore what they want for their future. We help them make informed decisions about college and careers by taking them to college tours and different  job locations. The students participate in fun and engaging field trips and they receive a better education doing things they enjoy. Through our program, we help students become more focused so they can be successful and achieve their goals.



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Our Programs

Upward Bound is all about how far your education can take you. We show kids what colleges and universities are good for the career they aim for. We show them the importance of volunteering and helping out their own community.

Upward Bound provides support to participating students to help them prepare for college. This program also provide opportunities for students to be successful in college. Upward Bound serves students who come from low income families. The goal for Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in.

Some programs we offer these scholars include community service, college and university visits.


community service

We help our community in many ways. For example, we go to the local Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Food Bank, and we help them organize their items.

Movies and Plays

Students are able to learn lessons and explore cultures through movies and plays. Some of the shows we have seen are “The Hate You Give”, “Black Panther”, and a play about Martin Luther King Jr.

college and university Visits

Some colleges and universities we have visited include NCState, University of North Carolina Wilmington , Pembroke, and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. We tour these schools to learn more about them and the opportunities they offer to students.

after school activities

We also visit the local library and read to kids and act out books for kids. We also teach students different careers.

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- Walt Disney