The Pace University Upward Bound program, housed within the School of Education’s Center for Urban Education, was awarded its first grant in 1995 and served the first group of students in 1996. The Pace Upward Bound program is an academic program designed to generate and enhance the skills and motivation necessary for success in education and life. Program participants are first-generation college bound and/or low-income high school students from Brooklyn, New York. The Pace University Upward Bound program has served more than 600 students since 1995 and the persistence rate of the Pace Upward Bound program graduates in college is roughly 95%. Pace Upward Bound students have been awarded millions of dollars in scholarships since 1995, including the prestigious Seinfield Foundation’s PENCIL Scholarship, the Joshua Chamberlain Leadership Scholarship, the Posse Foundation Scholarship, and the Gates Millennium Scholarship.
The Program works with six target schools in Brooklyn, New York: Boys and Girls High School, Clara Barton High School, Cobble Hill High School for American Studies, George Westinghouse High School, Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design, and Williamsburg Preparatory High School. In addition to providing academic support through tutoring, mentoring, classes, and workshops, students in the Pace Upward Bound program are also taught higher order and critical thinking skills.