Upward Bound Math & Science

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) aims to increase the number of students who pursue postsecondary education in math and science and help those students succeed in high school and college. Students will receive support through the academic year program, including mentor-tutoring and Saturday morning sessions with cultural and career exposure and hands-on learning. A six-week summer session will provide students with a college-going experience and expanded experiential-learning and work-study opportunities.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Nationwide Children’s Hospital $263,938 per year for five years to support UBMS. As a result, this program is free for eligible participants.


  • Monthly advising and counseling
  • Individual and small-group ACT preparation
  • Six-week Summer Learning Academy and work-study opportunities
  • Cultural exposure field trips
  • National college tour
  • Mentoring and tutoring
  • Planning for college selection and applying for financial aid

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current students who attend or whose home Columbus City School is South or Marion-Franklin
  • Family taxable household income is 150% of the Federal Poverty Level or below. View the guidelines.
  • Potential first-generation college student—no parent/guardian has received a bachelor’s degree
  • Interest in studying math and science
  • Attend school year and summer programming
  • Plan to attend college after high school graduation

Additional Benefits

  • Participation and attendance stipends
  • Free COTA bus passes (if needed by student)
  • Committed staff and volunteers


Questions? Contact UBMS2@nationwidechildrens.org.

Upward Bound Application Form

Apply for the 2018-2019 program.

School Information

Essay Questions

Upward Bound Math and Science is a prestigious program that will challenge you to be the best you can be. Each response should be 250 words or less.