To be eligible to participate in UH Hilo's Upward Bound program a student must:
- be a graduated 8th grader, freshman, sophomore, or 1st semester junior at the time of admission
- be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident of the U.S.
- show the potential and motivation to be successful in education beyond high school
and one or both of the following:
- meet low-income guidelines established by the federal government
- first-generation student (parents must not have earned a recognized bachelor's degree)
Upward Bound's target high schools include: