TriO Works! Upward Bound Program to Prepare Student for Higher Ed

Baldwin Wallace University’s TRiO Upward Bound Program since 1968: providing support to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for over 50 years.


Upward Bound is an intensive intervention program that prepares students for higher education through various enrichment courses. These campus-based programs provide students with instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, science, and foreign language during the school year and during the summer. Upward Bound also provides intensive mentoring and support for students as they prepare for college entrance exams and tackle admission applications, financial aid, and scholarship forms.

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic our students have been receiving these resources and support virtually. Previously our students would attend Summer Academy and Saturday Academies on our campus. Summer Academy provides our students with a college like experience living in our residence halls, attending classes and workshops, participating in career workshops and exploring opportunities through You Opportunities Unlimited Summer Youth Work Program. Students also participate in a Heath Careers Week supported by Cleveland Clinics Fairview Hospital and Southwest General Hospital (members of BW Public Health also contribute to our Health Careers Week). Upward Bound students are recruited from four CMSD high schools. Students are typically recruited in the 9th and 10th grades and participate in the academic year and summer program components through graduation. Graduating seniors have the opportunity to take college classes at Baldwin Wallace following graduation in the Summer Bridge Program which allows them to earn credits before starting college full-time in the fall.

The opportunity for Baldwin Wallace students to participate as paid Mentors/Tutors of the program is offered annually.  BW students interested should contact Bonnie Munguia, Director by calling 440-826-2209. Temporary Location 345 Beech Street Berea, Ohio.

Testimonies from Upward Bound Alumni

“Upward Bound has allowed me to prepare for the challenges that are coming my way and for that I appreciate everyone who has helped me academically, financially, emotionally and physically. I was not always confident enough that I will succeed and this is what once held me back from showing my full potential.”

– Kyerra Ervin, Glenville High School Class of 2018

“Going into high school was very scary for me and I was so nervous but my counselor introduced me to the Upward Bound Program. Her doing this was the start of me changing my life. I do not know where I would be if I did not join the UB program. This program has helped me in so many ways it is unexplainable. Upward Bound has had a major impact on my academic and mental growth.”

-Desirea McDaniel, John Adams High School Class of 2018

“When I first started high school it was not a positive experience but looking back I am satisfied. I was unsure where to start in high school and my disinterest lowered my grades. Then my brother introduced me to the Upward Bound program, at first it was hard meeting new people but eventually the Upward Bound staff and peers became family to me. This program has brought me out of my comfort zone and I have gained a lot of confidence and experience that has prepared me for college.”

-Victor Patterson, Washington Park Environmental Studies Academy Class of 2018

“Being a part of the Upward Bound program at Baldwin Wallace University was a great choice! I learned and experienced what college would be like before I actually attended college. Upward Bound is also a support system. If I had a problem or a question, there were numerous people that I could talk to. Being a part of Upward Bound was super fun, informative and very helpful. I am glad to be apart of the Upward Bound community.”

-Shanell Shaw, John F Kennedy High Schools Class of 2020

Success Story: Senator Vernon Sykes, Baldwin Wallace Upward Bound Alum Reelected for District 28!