Director's Welcome

Dear Future Upward Bounder,

Michelle A. Currie, Ph.D., Executive Director of Federal TRIO ProgramsWelcome to the Mercer University Upward Bound (UB) program website! We are excited that you are seeking information that will aid in your journey towards postsecondary education. TRIO Programs are federally funded grant programs offered through the U.S. Department of Education as a result of the Higher Education Act of 1965. There are seven TRIO Programs (Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, and Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate) that serve students. Each of the programs has the same overall mission: to help underrepresented and underserved students prepare, enroll and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. UB offers students a variety of services, as you will discover on this site, to help you prepare for and enter college. Currently, Mercer Upward Bounders attend college at a rate of 85% to 90%, all with financial aid.

Mercer University Upward Bound has been empowering students from the Bibb County Public School System for over 40 years.

We hope that you will strongly consider applying to upward Bound and allow us the opportunity to assist you in achieving: better grades, college admission and financial aid, and an overall better future. We have included links to popular postsecondary schools, the Bibb County schools that we serve, and resources to aid in the journey to postsecondary education. Fell free to contact the Mercer University Upward Bound office if you have any questions about our program. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


Michelle A. Currie, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Federal TRIO Programs