Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a program funded through the US Department of Education. Murray State University was funded to serve two Upward Bound Classic Grants.

Upward Bound is for high school students want to attend college or vocational school after their high school graduation. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. Upward Bound is funded through the Department of Education.

Our mission

To motivate, assist and promote qualified high school students to pursue a four-year college degree by building academic skills and social development through exposure to a variety of career, cultural, academic and social experiences.

Two grants for Classic Upward Bound

Upward Bound - Tristate

Services four schools in three states: Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee.

  • Calloway County High School
  • Charleston High School in Missouri
  • Marshall County High School and
  • Henry County High School

Director: Buffy Blanton

Application coming soon!

Upward Bound - Christian County

Serves Christian County High School

Director: Leigh Conyers

Application coming soon!

Eligibility, services and benefits

Who is eligible for Upward Bound?

Monthly Saturday Session
Monthly Saturday Session - Students attend a session one Saturday per month.

To be eligible for Murray State Upward Bound a student must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • A U.S. citizen or eligible resident that attends one of the following target area schools:

    • Calloway County

    • Christian County

    • Charleston, Missouri

    • Marshall County

    • Henry County

The student must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Income guideline established by the US Department of Education

  • First generation student (neither parent obtained a four-year college degree)

Download the application

Services and Benefits

Painting the Town
The students enjoyed Painting The Town.

Free services offered

  • ACT prep and practice tests

  • Tutoring Assistance online

  • College Tours

  • Field trips, cultural and educational events

  • Workshops

  • Saturday Sessions (once a month)


  • A monthly stipend during the academic school year and summer. Students must be active in the program and complete activities assigned.

  • Assistance completing college applications

  • Assistance preparing for college entrance exams

  • Assistance in completing financial aid and scholarship information

Contact Us

Buffy Blanton

Buffy Blanton

Upward Bound Tristate

Leigh Conyers

Leigh Conyers

Upward Bound Christian County and Henderson County

Ellen Uddberg

Ellen Uddberg

Program Coordinator
Upward Bound Christian County and Henderson County


Kaitlin Green

Kaitlin Green

Academic Coordinator
Upward Bound Henderson County

Phone ext. 21109

Brittney Williams

Brittney Williams

Academic Coordinator
Upward Bound Christian County

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