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Upward Bound Program

Fayette, Hamilton and Sumiton Campuses

The mission of Bevill State Community College is to make education accessible and affordable for its constituents and to provide opportunities for educational growth. The chief goal of the Bevill State Community College Upward Bound Programs is providing services to its participants that will assist them in preparing for and achieving success in an institution of higher learning. Selection criteria for Upward Bound participants include: low-income, potential first-generation college student, and academic need. Two-thirds of the selected participants must be both low-income and potential first- generation college student with academic need.

Fayette Upward Bound

The Fayette program serves nine schools located within the five counties of the Bevill State Community College Service Area: Winfield High School in Marion County; Lamar County and South Lamar High School in Lamar County; Hubbertville, Berry, and Fayette County High School in Fayette County; Gordo, Pickens County and Aliceville High School in Pickens County.

Hamilton Upward Bound

The Hamilton program serves nine high schools in Lamar, Marion, and Winston County.

Sumiton Upward Bound

The Sumiton Campus serves nine high schools in Walker and Jefferson County. Those schools are Carbon Hill, Cordova, Corner, Curry, Dora, Jasper, Minor, Oak Grove, and Oakman High Schools.

Services Provided

  • Instruction in math, foreign language, laboratory sciences, literature, and composition
  • Tutorials for academic subjects
  • Mentoring for careers and college life
  • College entrance exam preparation
  • Counseling for academic, personal, and career goals
  • Financial aid assistance
  • Exposure to academic and cultural events
  • Seminars to enhance awareness in the areas of academics, social skills, health and physical maintenance, lifestyles, and values clarification
  • Monthly stipends for attendance
  • Summer college credit classes at Bevill State with tuition and fees paid by the project for graduating seniors
  • Work-study positions to expose participants to careers requiring a postsecondary degree

For more information please call toll-free 1-800-648-3271 or contact:

Ronda Tidwell
Hamilton Director
800-648-3271 ext. 5309

Oakley Durham
Hamilton Coordinator
800-648-3271 ext. 5318

Julie Moore
Fayette Director
800-648-3271 ext. 5151

Alexandria Henry  Fayette Coordinator 800-648-3271 ext. 5179

Gina Thomason
Sumiton Director
800-648-3271 ext. 5281

Kayla Lindsey 
Sumiton Coordinator
800-648-3271 ext. 5280

Stephanie Barry
Pickens County Coordinator
800-648-3271 ext. 5635