Upward Bound

We provide the Tools to Build Academic and Social Success in High School, College and Beyond

Our Upward Bound Staff below...

The Upward Bound Staff

Talim Lessane, Director; Ashley Robinson, Academic Coordinator; Ameerah Vickers, Academic Counselor (left to right, front);
and Carlin Nelson, Office Manager (back)

Since 1975, the Upward Bound program at the College of Charleston has been fulfilling its mission of preparing low income and potential first generation college students (meaning neither parent has earned a Bachelor’s degree) for academic success at the post-secondary level, while they are still in high school, with some starting in the ninth grade.  Read More about Upward Bound...


Meet Our Team



Our Successes 

See What We Do and What We Offer

  • In the photos below
  • In a printable pdf version of this presentation

What is Upward Bound?

  • The Upward Bound Program has been sponsored by the College of Charleston since 1975.
  • We are a college preparatory program designed to generate in its participants the skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school. 
  • We provide special academic, cultural, and mentoring opportunities for a limited number of first-generation high school students who have demonstrated the potential and interest to succeed in post-secondary education.

See us in action below



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Please Give Online to contribute to the Upward Bound Scholarship Program.

  • Thank you for your interest in helping the College of Charleston support Upward Bound.
  • Upward Bound Program is grant based. The grant covers salaries and supplies. 
  • Your donation will go toward scholarships and
    • providing book awards
    • supplementing program participant  travel
    • leadership development  


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