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, Nationwide Children’s UBMS aims to increase the number of students who pursue postsecondary career opportunities in math and science fields.

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 obstacles. Have an 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.
  • ACT and standardized test preparation
  • Career development, networking and preparation
  • College tours
  • Customized Summer Learning Academy to provide a college-going experience
  • Hands-on experiential learning
  • Individual and family assistance preparing for college
  • Exposure to cultural activities and events
  • Monthly academic advising
  • Monthly educational activities and seminars
  • Professional tutoring assistance in any academic area
  • Research opportunities
  • STEM activities and experiments
  • Weekly tutoring and study tables
  • Weekly One-on-one mentoring
  • Work-study opportunities with Nationwide Children's departments and local organizations
  • 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
  • Attend, or home school is, Marion-Franklin or South High School
  • Meet at least one of the following criteria at the time of selection:
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have an interest in or willing to learn more about STEM education and careers
  • Commit to participating in academic year and summer programming
  • Demonstrate motivation and desire to attend a two- or four-year college or institution
  • Rising 9th grade students must attend 9th Grade Summer Bridge Academy

Upcoming Summer Learning Academy

June 13 through July 29

  • Newly recruited students and returning UBMS students will participate in a seven-week-long hybrid program to grow their passion for math and science, increase their academic skills, their desire to succeed in school and to experience their high school subjects in a refreshing way.
  • Students will attend classes in math, science, English, and foreign language at Nationwide Children’s or through a virtual learning platform.
  • Class sizes are small and taught by experienced teachers and professors in those subjects.
  • This year, students will also engage in hands-on science activities at the PAST Innovation Lab.

Apply for our program by May 27 to join us this summer!

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