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PennWest Clarion's Upward Bound program, which has existed since 1978, encourages the acquisition of academic skills and motivation needed for success in high school, college, and everyday life. The program, designed for selected high school students in grades 9-12, operates an academic year component and summer residential component for students from the following high schools in Western Pennsylvania: A-C Valley, Farrell, Oil City, Punxsutawney, Redbank Valley, Sharon, and Union

Services such as academic advising, career exploration, assistance with college and financial aid applications, visits to post-secondary education institutions, and cultural and social opportunities are provided year round. The six-week residential Summer Academy offers participants an opportunity to experience college life in a safe environment while residing on campus in a university residence hall. 

Students are selected based upon eligibility criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education.

 Upward Bound continues to provide services to participants during this time of uncertainty. Reach out to us if you need assistance. Call 814-393-2342 and leave a message with your contact information or message us on Facebook.

Currently accepting applications for students in grades 9-12 at A-C Valley, Farrell, Oil City, Punxsutawney, Redbank Valley, Sharon and Union School Districts. Call 814-393-2342 with any questions and please leave a message with your contact information. Counselors are working remotely and will return calls as soon as possible.

Click here for the application.




Rhonda McMillen-Toth, director
220 Ralston Hall
814 393 2342

Shintrika Hudson, academic counselor
205 Ralston Hall
814 393 1980

Tim Griffin, academic counselor
206 Ralston Hall
814 393 1979

Chanin Carlson, TRIO secretary
219 Ralston Hall
814 393 2342

Last Updated 8/22/22