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Are you a teacher, counselor or Advisor who would like to nominate a student who is highly motivated, driven and focused on pursuing their goal of attending college? Use our Scholar Nomination Form to tell us about them!



1. Please be sure you meet the following criteria:

  • Attend (or will attend) one of the following high schools:
    • Chatham Central High School
    • Jordan Matthews High School
    • Lee County Senior High School
    • Northwood High School
    • Southern High School
    • Hillside/Hillside New Tech High School
  • Maintain citizenship, permanent residency, or are in the process of becoming a permanent resident of the United States
  • Meet federal guidelines based on income and/or educational background of parents.
  • Have at least a 2.5 GPA (4.0) or higher at time of application.

2. Gather the following materials to submit:

  • A copy of your parent/guardians most recent Tax Return (Form 1040 or 1040A)
    • Please note, a copy of your Parent/Guardians W-2 or Tax Transcript can not be accepted as proof of income.
  • A copy of your transcript AND 8th Grade Math and Reading/Language Arts Scores
    • If you are a 9th grader and you are applying before the end of your first semester, please submit a report card or screenshot of current grades in PowerSchool.
  • One Character Recommendation Form from a Teacher, School Counselor or Community Member
  • One Teacher/Counselor Recommendation Form from a Teacher or School Counselor.

3. Submit an Application

  • Complete Full Online Application
    • Please review the criteria above before submitting an online application. Students must attend 1 of the listed high schools to be considered for the Program, no exceptions. At the end of the application, you will have the option to upload an forms mentioned above.
  • Download the application
    • If you would like to download a paper copy of the Application, please use the above link to do so. Please note, paper applications will need to be mailed, faxed or scanned to our office.

After you have submitted your application, an Upward Bound Staff Member will reach out to you at the email address you provided to follow up regarding next steps. An interview is required for a Student to be admitted to the Program.

Questions or Concerns? Contact us!

UNC Upward Bound Program
385 Manning Drive, Suite 2301
Campus Box #8010
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(P) 919-962-1281
(F) 919-820-8341