Upward Bound

Trio and Upward Bound

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. For more information on these programs, please visit the TRIO homepage on the Department of Education website. Ranger College is proud to offer these programs to our college students and area high school students.

Ranger College Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families, and/or families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. Our goal is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

Ranger College Upward will provide service and support to 60 high school students from 3 area high schools: Ranger, Eastland, and Breckenridge.

For more information or to get application assistance, please contact the Upward Bound Office at (254) 647-5184.

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Role First Name Last Name Username
Project Director Misharee Gunstanson mgunstanson@rangercollege.edu
Project Advisor Caroline Osteen costeen@rangercollege.edu
Project Assistant Clarie Pedrazzetti cpedrazzetti@rangercollege.edu

Links and Downloads

  • Academic, personal, college, and career counseling
  • Information on Federal Student Financial Aid programs and benefits
  • Cultural/educational trips
  • Saturday enrichment academies (1 Saturday/month)
  • ACT, SAT, TSI, and college application waivers
  • ACT, SAT, and TSI preparation and bootcamps
  • Free college campus tours
  • Free tutoring (provided through your school or, if necessary, at Ranger College)
  • Career exploration
  • 6-week summer camp (held on Ranger College Campus) - provides academic instruction in mathematics, sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages
  • End of summer trip



Applying online to Ranger is easy!