TRIO Upward Bound / Upward Bound Math & Science

TRIO Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science programs at PNW are pre-college programs that provide quality programming to low income and/or first generation students to get them to and through post-secondary education while building their confidence, knowledge and understanding of self.


Participating in Upward Bound/Upward Math & Science

Upward Bound/Upward Bound Math & Science offers special workshops and seminars regarding careers, college admission and financial aid as well as activities that encourage parental involvement, personal responsibility, and positive self-esteem. Our program fosters increased knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Eligible Schools

Students attending the high schools below may be eligible for participation in Upward Bound/Upward Bound Math & Science. Students not enrolled in these schools may be eligible for assistance in Upward Bound/Upward Bound Math & Science programs at nearby universities.

East ChicagoEast Chicago Central High School
HammondHammond Central High School
Morton High School
GaryWest Side High School
Calumet High School
Thea Bowman Leadership Academy
HammondHammond Central High School
Morton High School
GaryThea Bowman Leadership Academy

Spring 2024  Academy Dates

  • April 2 – Tutoring Day
  • April 3 – Tutoring Day*
  • April 4 – Tutoring Day
  • April 6 – Saturday Academy*
  • April 9 – Tutoring Day
  • April 10 – Tutoring Day*
  • April 11 – Tutoring Day
  • April 23 – Tutoring Day
  • April 24 – Workshop*
  • April 25 – Tutoring Day
  • May 1 to 2 – Tutoring Days
  • May 7 – Tutoring Day
  • May 8 – Workshop*
  • May 9 – Tutoring Day
  • May 11 – Saturday Academy*
  • May 14 – Tutoring Day
  • May 15 – Tutoring Day*
  • May 16 – Tutoring Day
  • May 21 – Tutoring Day
  • May 22 – Tutoring Day*
  • May 23 – Senior Recognition Banquet
  • May 30 – Summer Academy Orientation
  • June 10 – Summer Academy Begins
  • June 27 to 28 – Olympiad

*Transportation Provided

Bus Schedule

Bus transportation will be provided on all in-person Saturday Academy dates. Be sure to fill out and submit the Spring Orientation Packet listed below to sign up for the use of bus transportation. For pick-up times and locations, please email us at

Three-Year Plan

Upward Bound/Upward Bound Math & Science is a continuous three-year program consisting of a five-week, nonresidential orientation program, a seven-week, summer residential component, and an eight-week nonresidential college experience, as well as Saturday classes during the academic year.

A three-week, nonresidential, orientation program at the Hammond campus. Students attend classes daily and attend in field trips as well as meet with the second and third year program students at both the Hammond and West Lafayette campuses. Classes are high school level “college-prep” classes and may be accepted as “partial credit” by the student’s high school.

Juniors will participate in a seven-week, summer, residential component at the Purdue University West Lafayette campus. Students live in a Residence Hall with program staff resides in the same hall with the program students. (“In Loco Parentis” is in effect at all times!)

Students take high school development classes, help mentor the new (first year) students, produce a summer “year book,” take advanced college level study skills courses, and receive academic credits granted by the student’s high school. Students in this phase are eligible to take aviation classes at the Purdue University Airport, where the renowned heroine, Amelia Earhart taught aviation to college students!

Seniors will experience in an eight-week, nonresidential, college visit at the Hammond campus. Students are expected to commit to the following:

  • Take a maximum of two courses for a total of six (6) college credits
  • Engage in high school level skills enhancement classes
  • Commit to an advanced writing course
  • Undertake career development classes
  • Mentor the new (first year) students
  • Produce a weekly newsletter
  • and Participate in field trips

High school graduates, who are planning to begin their post-secondary education at any of the Purdue campuses, have the opportunity to participate in an optional six-week, summer bridge component. Students in this phase may take these courses in either the Hammond or the West Lafayette campus and may enroll in college level courses for up to seven (7) college credits.

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Resource Center

Technological Resources and Additional Forms

Excused Absence Form  – If you will be absent from a Saturday Academic Academy class, please complete this form within 48 hours of your absence.

Remind App – This app will be used to send updates about important class information.

Yearly High School Checklist– A comprehensive list of steps that senior high school students should be taking in order to be prepared for college.

Upward Bound Tutoring Resources – Students should refer to the online tutoring resource, the Khan Academy website! They have tutoring material for all grades and subjects. 

Contact Upward Bound/Upward Bound Math & Science

Classroom Office Building (CLO) Room 176
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323

Corrina Qualls

Corrina Qualls, M.Ed

Director, TRIO Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science


Bianca Cortez

Bianca Cortez

Outreach Coordinator, TRIO Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science

(219) 989-2391

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Wendi Scott

Administrative Assistant, TRIO Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science

(219) 989-2392

The History of Upward Bound

Since 1966, Purdue University’s Upward Bound Program has helped hundreds of students prepare for a successful college education. Purdue’s Upward Bound Program is one of seven Federal TRIO Programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education. All TRIO programs are vested in the notion that all committed students deserve an opportunity of a higher education (without regard to race, gender, national origin or ADA status) regardless of their family’s economic resources and or educational background. However, specific rules for acceptance and participation vary by program type.

Federally funded by the US Department of Education

The Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science Programs 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. For fiscal year 2022-2027, $867,449 of federal dollars will be used to fund the Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science Programs at PNW. The program is operated 100% by federal funds.