Project ACE

Project ACE

Achieving Academic and Career Excellence

What is Upward Bound? 

The University of Central Florida Upward Bound Program is a federally funded program (US Department of Education) for qualifying students at Apopka High School. Our goal is to assure that our participants graduate from high school, apply, and enter the college of their choice, secure financial aid/scholarships to pay for their college education, and graduate with a postsecondary educational degree. The program is based at the University of Central Florida, but a representative from the program will be at your child’s school on a regular basis throughout the year to talk with students about their educational goals and to help them identify and achieve their full potential for excellence. The program is 100% grant funded and all services are FREE to participants.

What services does Upward Bound provide?

Upward Bound projects provide academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages. Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students; and programs and activities previously mentioned that are specially designed for students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of foster care system or other disconnected students.

Who is eligible to apply for Upward Bound Project ACE?

  • Currently enrolled at Apopka High School
  • First Generation student—neither parent/guardian completed a 4-year degree
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States (UB Regulation – Title 34 § 645.3)
  • Eligible for free or reduced lunch as determined by TRIO Federal Income Guidelines
  • Be motivated to attend the college of your choice!