What Is The Academy?

The Academy is comprised of three programs working together creating the acronym FUN:

Four Corners Upward Bound Math and Science

Four Corners empowers eligible high school students to prepare to earn a university level bachelor’s degree immediately after graduation from high school in a STEM field within six years.  Students receive academic advising in small groups year-round at their high schools and on the NAU campus.  The Academy portion of Four Corners UBMS provides students’ academic access to strengthen their study skills in math, science, English, Latin and Greek and to develop academic college-prep habits coupled with recreational activities and leadership from college students acting as significant life role models. Currently, 166 Upward Bound Math Science programs are serving students throughout the world, financed entirely by the U.S. Department of Education.  Four Corners UBMS is funded by grant award #PO47M120101

Upward Bound

Helps students prepare for higher education. During The Academy, Upward Bound students receive instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, science, and public speaking. Throughout the academic school year, Upward Bound students receive guidance toward the pursuit of their post-secondary education. Currently, 826 programs are in operation throughout the United States.  UB is funded by grant award #P047A071045

Nizhoni College Prep Academy

Northern Arizona University’s Nizhoni College Prep Academy was established in 1984 to serve Native American* high school students. Since then, the Academy continues to serve all Native American high school students by focusing its purpose on promoting academics through a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) approach, while supporting recreational and social activities. *Must be a member of a federally-recognized tribe.


Two of the three programs are Federal TRiO outreach programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (TRiO). All told, there is a network of eight TRiO outreach and student support programs with the shared mission to assist individuals with progressing through the academic pipeline from middle school through post-secondary programs.  Eligibility criteria include low-income, potentially in the first-generation in the family to earn a bachelor’s degree, or eligible for disability support services.  The eight TRiO Programs are: Talent Search (TS), Student Support Services (SSS), Upward Bound (UB), Upward Bound Math Science (UBMS), Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC), Veteran’s Upward Bound and McNair.

NAU’s Educational Support Services department continues to successfully receive funding and refunding since participant improve as a result of these local programs which contributes to receiving TRiO grants.  Currently NAU has six of the eight TRiO Programs.  Two of these TRiO programs contribute substantially to The Academy (UB and UBMS).  Additionally, the Nizhoni College Prep-Academy partners with Talent Search.