The history of TRIO is progressive. It began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration's War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search, the second outreach program, was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services, which was originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960's, the term “TRIO” was coined to describe these federal programs.

Our Mission

Oklahoma Panhandle State University is an institution dedicated to meeting the educational and developmental needs of the students in the Oklahoma Panhandle communities. It achieves its mission through faculty teaching, mentoring, and academic activities on campus and in the community.

Aligned with the mission of the federal TRIO program from which Texas County Upward Bound (TCUB) receives its name and funding, TCUB advances underserved youth in the area by partnering with families to discover how and why a college education can be beneficial in the context of a person's culture and background, allowing students to achieve a position in life attainable only through further academic progress.

Upward Bound

The goal of the program is to generate among low-income youths and potential first-generation college students enrolled in high school the skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school.

TCUB has four main goals:

  1. Help students go to college
  2. Help parents learn how to make this possible
  3. Help schools maximize the benefits from existing programs that are already working by getting more students involved
  4. Help the community raise professionals locally

TCUB works with several existing programs:

  1. High School Counseling Initiatives
  2. High School Clubs
  3. Oklahoma Panhandle State University students, clubs, and professors
  4. Community Projects, Arts Councils, Clubs, etc
  5. Community Professionals

Strategies to Achieve the Goals:

Where Does it Fit? TCUB is a community project

  1. Vision - Help students attend college
  2. Strategy - Work with students, parents, schools, and communities
  3. Scope - Up to all eight high schools in Texas County
    • Seven to 12 students per school
    • One to seven community interactions

Targeted Population:

TCUB works with students:

  1. Who live below 150% of poverty level
  2. Whose parents (guardians) don't have a degree
  3. Who are between the ages of 13 and 19 (except for veterans).

TCUB works with Schools in Texas County:

  1. For Facility support
  2. Teachers and counselors to help with the students
  3. TCUB partners with community programs and professionals willing to volunteer mentor youth.

All Upward Bound projects must provide instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language. Other services include:

  1. Instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and other subjects necessary for success in education beyond high school
  2. Academic, financial, and/or personal counseling
  3. Exposure to academic programs and cultural events
  4. Tutorial services
  5. Mentoring programs
  6. Information on postsecondary education opportunities
  7. Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications
  8. Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
  9. Work study positions that expose participants to careers requiring a postsecondary degree

How do I sign up for Upward Bound?

Contact Ms. Teri Mora, Director Upward Bound
Mora, Teri
E-mail Address:
Phone: 580-349-1042