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Upward Bound at the University of Idaho| A 45-Year Legacy of Leading
“This administration, today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America. It will not be a short or easy struggle. No single weapon or strategy will suffice. But we shall not rest until that war is won.” --President Lyndon Johnson’s State of the Union, 1964
When the United States Congress enacted new education initiatives to fight poverty in 1965, the University of Idaho was there to take up the charge. The same initiatives that created Head Start, Work Study and low-interest student loan programs, also created the Upward Bound program. By 1968 the University of Idaho was operating one of the first Upward Bound projects in our nation. Today, Bridge Idaho at the University of Idaho continues to administer and carry out that same program, making it one of the longest existing and most successful college preparatory programs in the country.
For 45 years the University’s Upward Bound projects have served the Nez Perce Reservation—providing access to higher education for low-income and first-generation students. This legacy of providing educational opportunity regardless of economic condition propels us forward today and enabled Bridge Idaho, in 2012, to expand services to the students of Lapwai, Orofino, Kamiah and Kooskia with an additional grant doubling the number of students we support.
Bridge Idaho’s Upward Bound projects are at the heart of the University of Idaho’s land-grant mission—serving the citizens of Idaho while strengthening the teaching, scholarly and creative capacities of the institution.
We operate at both the University of Idaho and in Idaho’s communities to act as a resource and advocate for our participants.