Building Capacity for Success: Community Support, Parental Involvement, Educational Achievement.

Upward Bound is a family of scholars who are engaged in preparation for successful transitions to post-secondary institutions. We strive to empower underrepresented youth and to build a support system which enhances their academic and social experiences. We are committed to engaging in our community through cultural initiatives and community service.


Upward Bound of Michigan State University is a previously federally funded program designed to help disadvantaged youths–with academic potential–develop and refine skills for post-secondary education.

Once a part of the Trio Programs established by the U.S. congress in accordance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, the program is now funded by Michigan State University. For more than fifty years, this federally funded program has provided academic enrichment to hundreds of high school youth in the Lansing area. These students traditionally have come from low-income families and/or families in which neither parent has obtained a bachelor’s degree.

The program partners with Lansing’s Everett, Sexton, and Eastern High Schools to enroll approximately 125 Lansing area high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors so that they may develop the academic and social skills necessary for matriculation in post-secondary education. Upward Bound provides admissions, financial aid counseling, and assistance to participants to expedite their admission to college. It also serves as a forum for university units to examine concepts and methods related to the recruitment, instruction, and motivation of disadvantaged students.

The Upward Bound program continues to expand opportunities for its students by offering experiences through a variety of programs focusing on cultural enrichment and personal growth. This includes study skills, workshops, cultural field trips, study abroad opportunities, college visits, career exploration, and job shadowing experiences. In addition, it also provides programs to help parents and students navigate the financial aid process.

The Upward Bound program, in all its aspects, operates to promote the pursuit of excellence, enhanced self esteem, and knowledge.


Michigan State University established their chapter of Upward Bound in 1966. For 50 years, UB operated as a federal TRIO program. Mrs. Glenda Hammond headed the program for 35 of those years. In her time as Director, the program flourished, and she retired in 2016, the same year Upward Bound celebrated its 50th Anniversary. In the spring of 2017, Upward Bound lost its federal funding due to unforeseen circumstances. The decision to dissolve the Upward Bound program was made. However, after reflecting upon the significance of the program and as a reaffirmation of its commitment to the Lansing community, the senior leadership of Michigan State University offered to take on a large portion of Upward Bound’s funding. This move served to ensure the survival of the program on the MSU campus.

Dr. Stephanie Anthony joined Upward Bound in the fall of 2017. Under her leadership, the new Upward Bound MSU has continued to operate and support students in the Lansing School District. UB Staff includes Dr. Anthony, Director and Program Coordinator, Mrs. Josefina Lopez, Office Manager, Ms. Emily Piccione, School Student Liaison, five outstanding Teaching Assistants, and a spectacular mentor team. Dr. Anthony and her staff have demonstrated remarkable stability, strength, and dedication during this transition, despite the loss of funding. Even more astonishing is the tenacity and reliance that Upward Bound Scholars and their families have shown. Actually, amidst these circumstances, Upward Bound enrollment has increased from 91 to 125 students. There has also been the addition of a Senior-Intensive track. This enhanced feature of the program has been instrumental in motivating more students to become Upward Bound scholars in the 2017-18 school year. This summer, the program will offer four weeks of academic sessions and a major study trip to Virginia Beach. For graduating, current, and future students of UB, it is only onward and upward from here!

Participating High Schools

Eastern High School
Eastern High School
The only High School in mid-Michigan to offer students the opportunity to participate in an International Baccalaureate Program. Eastern high school “aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Our students will be guided by the International Baccalaureate philosophy and its challenging program of international education and rigorous assessment.”
J.W Sexton High School
J.W Sexton High School
The premier Math, Science & Engineering high school in the Lansing School District,J.W. Sexton offers students a quality education that prepares them for high quality jobs.
Everett High School
Everett High School
Home to the Visual and Performing Arts program, Everett offers its students the chance to broaden their artistic interests.The high school staff is “committed to providing a high-quality educational experience for all students.”


Dr. Stephanie Anthony

Dr. Stephanie Anthony

Director and Program Coordinator

Dr. Anthony has demonstrated success in working with diverse populations and youth for more than 20 years. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Communications at Michigan State University and a Master of Education degree in Counseling Psychology from Cambridge College. She holds a Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership from Fielding Graduate University.

Read Dr. Anthony's full bio and greeting here!

Josefina Lopez

Josie Lopez

Office Manager

Ms. Josie Lopez has been with Upward Bound since 2010. She works closely with parents coordinating and meeting the needs of Upward Bound families. She translates and serves as the Parent Advisory Liaison.


Emily Piccione
Emily Piccione
School Student Liason

Emily Piccione is the School Student Liaison for Upward Bound of MSU. She works closely with high school guidance counselors to address the needs of students in the areas of attendance, home school challenges and overall support. Miss Piccione is a fourth year student with the James Madison College of Michigan State.

Simeon Goolsby
Simeon Goolsby
Web Developer

Simeon Goolsby is a fourth year Computer Science student at Michigan State University. Simeon has built several mobile and web applications and is the primary web developer for Upward Bound.