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Linda Turner

Rhonda Jarmon
Vice President

Faye Gould

Wanda Smiley

Marcus Cormier
Mentors of Males

Don Sweat
Mentor for Males

Rashwan Rushing
Mentor for Females

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Students who are interested in running for an office should submit a letter of intent five days prior to the start of elections. One day will be allocated for campaigning. Students seeking the office of President should possess the following qualifications:

  • Completion of the eleventh (11) grade
  • Participation in the Upward Bound for no less than one (1) program cycle.
  • Grade Point average of 2.50 or above.
  • Should have no demerits and be in good “program standing”.

The remaining student government offices are open to all students.

All elected officers are required to attend leadership training workshops. The workshops will cover the following:

  • How to conduct a meeting
  • How to reorganize a committee
  • Leadership styles
  • What it means to be an officer in the Upward Bound Program.

Bridge students are not eligible to run for Student Government Offices and may be nominated for the following:

  • Best all round
  • Most likely to succeed

Summer Program

A six-week residential, academic, and personal development program comprises the summer component. Emphasis is placed on basic communication and mathematical skills, test-taking skills, career awareness, and social developments skills. Activities include academic classes, special interest classes, cultural activities, recreational sports, and an out-of-town field trip.

  • Cost – There is no cost for the students to participate in the TRiO Upward Bound Program. All program materials, services, and activities are free of charge to participants.

Application & Interview

  • Eligibility – Students must have completed the 8th grade, be between the ages of 13 and 19, and have a need for academic support in order to pursue a program of post-secondary education. All students must be either from low income families or be potential first-generation college students. The program requires that two-thirds of the participants in a project must be both low-income and potential first-generation college students. The remaining one-third must be either low-income, first-generation college students, or students who have a high risk of academic failure.
  • Application – To the Applicant and his/her Parent(s); This application is our initial introduction to you and will play an important part in our consideration of you as an Upward Bound participant. It is essential that the entire application be completed before it is returned. Write clearly and in pen. Do not hesitate to add any information you feel is pertinent to your application. INCOMPLETE applications will not be considered for admission.


  • Student must be recommended by an Upward Bound staff or teacher.
  • Student and parent(s) will have their first interview at their designated school.
  • Student and parent(s) will have their finial interview with the director at Texas Southern University- Fairchild Building Room #147
Kashmere High School
Phillis Wheatley High School
Ross Shaw Sterling Aviation High School

Mrs. Deanna Ashley-Lemon
Program Director

Mra Tarsus Foley
Project Director, Project Counselor

Ms. Brittany Bonton
Project Assistant

Mr. Jesus Martinez
Tutor / Mentor


Karen Gonzalez

Brandi Gould
Communication Representative

Charles Crooms

Giovanni Johnson

Curtis Ricks
Historian/Representative (Barbara Jordan)

Aaron Reese
Sergeant at Arms (Parliamentarian)

Marlen Coronado
Representative (Wheatley)

Javonte Woodson
Representative (Sterling)

DaVounte Cormer
Vice President

Alesha Rushing
Parent/Student Advocate

Litroy Lambert
Mr. Upward Bound

Brandi Gould
Miss Upward Bound