Upward Bound Math & Science

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Upward Bound Math & Science (NCH UBMS) grant provides free, year-round, college and career readiness program to first-generation, low-income high school students.

Nationwide Children’s UBMS is designed to enhance the academic and personal skills of students while preparing for college admission, retention and graduation. With a STEM foundation and curriculum, UBMS aims to increase the number of students who pursue postsecondary career opportunities in math and science fields.

Core Values

UBMS participants will:

  • Exude Respect. Effectively communicating with others. Accepting differences and showing care and compassion. Displaying self-control. Demonstrating integrity always.
  • Embody Resiliency. Staying strong in adverse situations. Critically thinking and analyzing to push through. Internal sense of positive self-worth and self-efficacy.  Building great character in order to leave a great legacy.
  • Exemplify Responsibility. Holding myself accountable, as well as those around me. Being continuously engaged and committed. Contributing to my community and to society as a whole.


  • Monthly advising and counseling
  • Professional tutoring assistance in any academic area
  • Weekly work study tables
  • Mentoring
  • Customized Summer Learning Academy to provide a college-going experience
  • STEM activities and experiments
  • Exposure to cultural activities and events
  • Career development, networking, and preparation
  • Individual and family assistance preparing for college
  • ACT and standardized test prep
  • Summer college tours
  • Work-study opportunities with Nationwide Children’s departments and local organizations
  • Hands-on experiential learning
  • Monthly educational activities and seminars
  • Research opportunities

Additional Benefits

  • Participation stipends
  • COTA transportation assistance
  • Ability to earn internship hours required for graduation with Columbus City Schools
  • Committed staff and volunteers ready to help students succeed


  • Rising 9th, 10th, 11th grade student
  • Attend or home school is Marion-Franklin or South High School
  • First-generation college student – no parent/guardian has received bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Family taxable household income is 150% Federal Poverty level or below.
  • Have an interest in or willing to learn more about STEM education and careers
  • Commit to participating in academic year and summer programming
  • Rising 9th grade students must attend 9th Grade Summer Bridge Academy
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