Upward Bound Math-Science is a federally funded TRIO grant originally developed from the Educational Opportunity Act of 1964. Upward Bound Math-Science is designed to increase the success of income-eligible students in post-secondary education. Carl Sandburg College received its first TRIO Upward Bound Math-Science grant in the Fall of 2017. 

The program, which serves Abingdon-Avon, Galesburg, Knoxville, Monmouth-Roseville, and ROWVA school districts in Knox and Warren Counties, is designed to help high school students excel in secondary and post-secondary education. The program serves 60 area high school students, grades 9-12 on an annual basis. Once a student has been selected to participate in the program, he or she will continue to receive Upward Bound Math-Science services throughout their high school career. Limited follow-up services are provided as Upward Bound Math-Science staff track program graduates as they complete their post-secondary education.

Participants of TRIO Upward Bound Math-Science attend all functions and activities at no cost to them.



  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States attending high school at 1 of the 5 high schools served in Knox County, IL or Warren County, IL;
  • Meet income eligibility guidelines and/or
  • Be a first-generation college bound student (meaning neither parent with whom you reside holds a four-year college degree); and
  • Complete the Upward Bound Math-Science application process.


Upward Bound Math-Science Services

Academic Year Services

The Sandburg Upward Bound Math-Science program offers a number of services to its participants throughout the school year. Weekly, Upward Bound Math-Science staff meet with program students at their schools of attendance during a free period or during the lunch hour. Topics of discussion at these meetings range from academic skill development to college and financial aid assistance. Upward Bound Math-Science staff also meet with students outside of the school setting at least a few times each month. A College Saturday event is held once a month on the Sandburg campus that involves topics related to college success. Upward Bound Math-Science also provides its students with off campus experiences each month, and these may include college visits, trips to museums, theater performances, etc.  

Academic tutoring is a service offered to all UBMS participants on a weekly basis. For the 17-18 school year, the tutoring schedule is as follows;

  • Monday-Thursday, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. with program staff in the UBMS offices.
  • Monday-Thursday, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the UBMS tutor in the UBMS offices.
  • Online 24/7 through the Carl Sandburg College Brainfuse tutoring portal.  (All UBMS participants are provided with a login to access Brainfuse)
  • After-school tutoring provided at each partner school (schedules to be released).

Sandburg UBMS participants are also expected to complete 8 hours of community service each program year. Students can either participate in Upward Bound Math-Science volunteer activities or they may take part in community service opportunities elsewhere. It is important for UBMS participants to be active members of the community and make a positive impact on others. 



Summer Program

The Upward Bound Math-Science program includes a summer component that participants attend each year.  Following freshman and sophomore years, participants indulge in a five week, on-campus program. While on campus, students work on projects, take classes in math, science, English, and foreign language, attend college visits, take field trips, and even participate in some community service opportunities.

After their junior year, students will have the opportunity to complete a professional internship for their summer experience. Internships take place over the months of June and July and participants are allowed to work up to 15 hours per week with their employer. Based upon a student's academic and career interests, UBMS staff will arrange for a professional internship within the UBMS target area. Students gain valuable career insight as part of their summer opportunity and are able to get an early start with their professional networking.  

As part of the summer program experience, students are paid a stipend based upon their attendance and participation.

Newly graduated seniors can participate in the Summer Bridge program for their summer experience. Graduates are able to take up to three (3) credit hours for free at Carl Sandburg College. The Summer Bridge program provides a great opportunity for newly graduated seniors to build on their college experiences and complete credits with the support of the UBMS staff.

Upon the conclusion of the on-campus summer program, Upward Bound Math-Science will take an extended trip. Some destinations could include: New York City, Denver, Charleston, St. Louis, Chicago, or Houston. Students will have the opportunity to explore STEM related fields of study, visit college campuses, attend cultural events, and have fun with friends and UBMS staff!

UBMS Application Packet

The Carl Sandburg College Upward Bound Math-Science program is now accepting applications for new students for the
2018-19 school year. We will be accepting eighth graders, freshman, sophomores, and juniors into our program and encourage all eligible students to apply. All application forms and any requested supporting materials are due to the Upward Bound Math-Science office no later than Friday, April 20, 2018 at 5:00 PM. No late application forms or supporting documents will be considered. 

You may also request an application through the link below.  We will mail our application to the address provided on
March 1, 2018.

Meet the Staff






          Director, Stephanie Woodard











          Advisor, Randi Torrance:










          Administrative Assistant, Nicole Gengenbach


Contact Us

Carl Sandburg College Upward Bound Math-Science
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.341.5228
Hours: M-F; 8 AM to 5 PM

The Carl Sandburg College Upward Bound Math-Science program is 100% funded in the amount of $263,938 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.