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
50 Years: A Legacy of Achievement
For half a century, Upward Bound has improved access to college for students from groups traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education. This federally funded grant program serves high school students who are potential first-generation college students (neither parents received a bachelor’s degree) or from low-income families. Through academic instruction, personal advising, mentoring, cultural enrichment, and work-study, Upward Bound aims to increase the rate at which participants complete their high school education and enroll in and graduate from college.
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.