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Lyndon Upward Bound

A federally funded program dedicated to serving college-bound, first-generation, and modest-income students from Northeastern Vermont and New Hampshire and helping them achieve their academic goals

since 1985.

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Upward Bound Summer 2021

Re:Bound Summer

Academic Boot Camp

Northern Vermont University - Lyndon Upward Bound had an outstanding 40th summer program!! Though we made the tough decision to transition to a smaller, cohort-based residential program to stayin compliance with Covid-19 protocals, it was awesome to have students on campus and they all took advantage of this opportunity to grow academically, socially, and culturally all while pursuing their college goals. This included immersion in a college environment with five hours of daily academic classes in the morning followed by social activities and elective classes in the afternoon, all with the purpose of pushing them outside their comfort zones and become more prepared for the school year, college, and their future


In total, we offered a selection of 5 challenging academic courses including SAT Prep, Calculus, Geometry, College Writing, and Senior College Counseling. We also offered 10 elective courses including John Lewis Book Club, Creative Writing, Photography, Fitness, Musical Theater, Robotics, and Yoga. At the end of the summer, all scholars took a full unofficial SAT in which the rising seniors scored a staggering 200 points above the national average for similar income students! These tests will be used to better prepare the young scholars for this important college entrance exam. All-in-all, the students took full advantage of the opportunity to grow personally, academically, and socially, and really enjoyed being back in person after a Virtual Summer Program last year - despite the smaller group dynamic.


Beyond coursework, students had the opportunity to participate in 10 in-person college tours this summer: NVU-Lyndon, Middlebury College, Boston College, Northeastern, Central Maine Community College, University of Maine at Farmington, Thomas College, University of Maine - Orono, Husson University, and Colby College. Many of these tours allowed our participants to connect with members of campus-based Student Support Services, another federally-funded TRIO community. Building upon these tours, we had a “Major Aspirations” seminar where an archaeologist from Middlebury College spoke to the students about his career path and experiences as a low-income student. We believe it is important for our UB students to hear about the struggles of other first-generation or low-income college students and how they successfully overcame common obstacles.


The summer program is a very important part of the entire Upward Bound experience and we use this opportunity to build relationships with our students that will carry into the school year and throughout their high school and college experience. During the academic year, we will continue to meet with our students and offer them a variety of academic, community, and leadership opportunities, as well as cultural and social events to help them better prepare for college and realize their true potential. Additionally, we will meet with the students monthly at their schools and invite them to on campus meetings and off-campus trips to build on the relationships we have started this summer. The Program firmly believes that these experiences will better prepare the students for success in high school in the fall, and college in the future. The Upward Bound staff will be available throughout the year to support students and answer any questions about the college process. We are very proud of our students!!

Upcoming Events

Three For All College Tours          May 12th 3:30-4:30

Final Upward Bound Meeting      June 5th:

                                                           Rising 12th: 10-11:30

                                                           Rising 11th: 12-1

                                                           Rising 10th: 1:30-2:30

2021 Summer Program                June 13th - July 23rd

Student Spotlight
Blake Betz

Blake, senior

Emma Powers

Emma, senior
Saint Johnsbury

Covid-19 Updates

Blake Betz from Piermont, NH, is a hardworking, motivated senior at Rivendell Academy in Orford, New Hampshire and is working diligently to pursue the next step in his education. Blake is passionate about music production and is pursuing a general engineering degree in college. Going into high school, Blake knew that he wanted to pursue post-secondary education, a path many of his family had never taken....

Miranda Degreenia

Miranda, Senior

Saint Johnsbury

Emma Powers is a senior at St. Johnsbury Academy and has been a participant in the Lyndon Upward Bound program for the last four years. Emma truly understands the power of education and says that she took advantage of the program because it added to her summers, helped her navigate the college application process and helped her define career choices...

Kai Aviles

Kai, senior
Lyndon Institute

   Honor Roll

Lizzy Duranleau

Nya Jewell

Carter Gingue

Patrick Stowell

Gavin Williams

High Honor Roll


Eli Hooker

Aggie LaFluer

Chelsea Ott

Joy Ruggles

Gemma Stowell

Natalie Webster

Elly Bliss

Maple Bottinelli

Kayanna Burns

Madison Wilson

Miranda DeGrennia

Emma Powers

Caroline Lowry

Raymond Lemrise

Senior Colleges

Kai Aviles

Blake Betz

Devin Daisey


Marcy Flint


David Moody

Kaori Moulton

Emma Powers

Ozora Rice


Evan Thorn


U Maine Farmington


Plymouth ​State

Not Enrolled





U Mass Dartmouth

NVU - Johnson



Boston University


NVU - Lyndon

NVU - Lyndon


NVU - Lyndon


Central Maine C.C.

Vermont Technical College

Miranda Degreenia is a senior at Saint Johnsbury Academy and has been a participant in the Northern Vermont University - Lyndon Upward Bound program for the last four years. She is very passionate about making a difference in the world and in her community, and plans to study Global Studies or Sociology so that she can gain a better understanding of national and global issues and how she can contribute to positive change....

Kai Aviles is a senior at Lyndon Institute and has been a participant in the Lyndon Upward Bound program for the past four years. Kai was recently selected as a semifinalist for the Dell Scholars program and plans to study social work or psychology while in college. They are extraordinarily passionate about the performing arts and has dedicated an enormous amount of time and energy to the theater and drama clubs at LI.....

Kai, Senior 


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