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Upward Bound

TRIO Programs (TRIO)

Prospective Upward Bound Students

ETSU Upward Bound is a federally funded college access program that is part of the TRiO Programs, we currently assist students attending one of 14 local schools within our target area. Our services are offered free to students within our program and during on campus meetings, summer programs, and trips meals and other accomidations are provided completely free. While we have been part of ETSU and our school systems since 1983 we do not recruit students for ETSU and our goal is to help students find the college or university that is the best fit for them.

Students interested in joining ETSU Upward Bound will need to attend one of our targeted schools, meet eligibility requirements, and submit an application for review. Following a review of eligiblity and a selection process students will be notified if they have been accepted to the program or not by mail.

For the 2020-2021 academic year and due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 applications will be made avaliable to complete online, however if you would like a paper application and return envelope mailed to you; please contact our office at (423) 439-5619 or email us at .

Who is eligible?

9th and 10th grade students who attend one of the following high schools in the local area:

  • Cloudland High School
  • Dobyns-Bennett High School
  • Elizabethton High School
  • Hampton High School
  • Happy Valley High School
  • Johnson County High School
  • Science Hill High School
  • Sullivan Central High School
  • Sullivan East High School
  • Sullivan North High School
  • Sullivan South High School
  • Tennessee High School
  • Unaka High School
  • Unicoi County High School


  • Students must meet one of the following criteria:  A) Family household income must meet federal guidelines and/or B) neither parent obtained a four-year degree from a college or university.

Ready to Apply?

Students interested in applying to ETSU Upward Bound can begin the application process at the link below please use the link for the school you attend.

Please note that we ask for some tax documents as part of our process, however all documents will be kept confidential.

Also, applicants will be asked to submit contact information for a teacher recommendation. Your teacher will recieve an email from us to complete the recommendation.

Now Accepting Applications

If you attend Central, East, or Science Hill use this application.
If you attend Dobyns-Bennett, North, South, or TN High use this application.
If you attend Cloudland, Elizabethton, Hampton, Happy Valley, Johnson Co., Unaka, or Unicoi Co. use this application.

If you need any further assistance with the application or would like to request a paper application please contact us at (423) 439-5619 or email us at

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