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Appalachian Upward Bound is a TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and sponsored by Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority. Our current grants have been operating since 1995 in Scott, Morgan, Hawkins, and Grainger counties.


Our mission is to provide fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege pursuits. Upward Bound serves: high school students from low income families; high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelors degree; and low income, first generation military veterans who are preparing to enter postsecondary education. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.


We provide services in the following areas: tutoring and academic instruction in Mathematics, Science, English, Foreign Language, ACT Prep, financial literacy, cultural exposure, non-cognitive skills, work-study opportunities, service learning, and much more.


Our program is divided into 2 components: the academic year and the summer program.

Past summer trip destinations include:

1999 - St. Louis, MO

2000 - Philadelphia, PA

2001 - Chicago, IL

2002 - Orlando, FL

2003 - Boston, MA

2004 - Washington, DC

2005 - Philadelphia, PA

2006 - New York, NY

2007 - Williamsburg, VA

2008 - Chicago, IL

2009 - Washington, DC

2010 - Orlando, FL

2011 - New York, NY

2012 - New Orleans, LA

2013 - Charleston, SC, Charlotte, NC

2014 - Houston, TX, New Orleans, LA

2015 - Boston, Salem, Plymouth, MA

2016 - New York, NY

2017 - Williamsburg, VA

2018 - New Orleans, LA

2019 - Orlando, FL

2020 - No trip due to COVID

2021 - No trip due to COVID

2022 - Williamsburg, VA

2023 - Boston, Salem, Plymouth, MA

2024 - Orlando, Florida



Since 1995, DCEA's Upward Bound programs have helped thousands of students across 4 counties to graduate high school, and enroll in and graduate from a 2- or 4-year college or university. We strive to continually improve the program and increase services to students because outcomes matter.


Founded in 1965, DCEA is a community action agency serving 30 counties in Tennessee and 2 counties in Eastern Kentucky. The purpose of the agency is to help families living in poverty improve their lives by providing them with assistance and services that they are not able to provide for themselves. The main focus of the agency is to help people help themselves. The agency's mission is to provide resources, tools, and opportunities that help low-incomes families and individuals of all ages achieve personal, economic, and social stability. Current programs located at DCEA include: Upward Bound (2 programs), EOC, Talent Search, Head Start, Early Head Start, LIHEAP, Meals on Wheels, Neighborhood Service Centers, RSVP Senior Corps, Affordable Housing, Hamblen County Workforce and Education Partnership, 21st Century Learning Centers, Lottery for Education Afterschool Programs, and SRAE.



Central High School - Morgan County

Coalfield School - Morgan County

Cherokee High School - Hawkins County

Grainger High School - Grainger County

Scott High School - Scott County

Sunbright School - Morgan County

We also provide services to low-income military veterans pursuing their post-secondary education.


All services are free!




2023/2024 Eagle Day Schedule  



11/11/23 (Campus Tours)      

12/2/23 (Christmas Trip)


2/24/24 (TRIO Day at UT Knoxville)


4/6/24 (Spring Trip)


Upcoming Events and Program News

  • The FAFSA opened 12/31/23

  • Summer Trip Destination: Orlando,FL July 8-12, 2024​

    • Kennedy Space Center

    • Disney Springs

    • Magic Kingdom

    • Universal Studios

    • Universal Studios Islands of Adventure

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Unleash Your Best!

As the school year draws to a close, we always celebrate graduates, but we are also proud of all of you for completing another year of high school! As summer approaches, here are some helpful tips to help you make the most of the transition from this year to next:

  1. Reflect and Set Goals: Take a moment to step back and consider what you want to accomplish before the end of the year. Reflect on your achievements and set any last-minute goals you’d like to achieve.

  2. Celebrate: Why not end the year on a high note? Gather your friends and classmates to celebrate your accomplishments together!

  3. Pay Attention to Other's Needs: Be mindful of your peers’ needs. Some students may be feeling stressed or anxious during this time. Show kindness and empathy and offer support where you can.

  4. Stay Focused on Year-End Goals: Keep your eye on the prize! Whether it’s acing that final exam, completing a project, or achieving a personal milestone, stay focused on your goals.

  5. Create Space for Transitions: Recognize that transitions are coming—whether it’s moving to a new grade, a different school, or even graduation. Create space for yourself and others to process these changes.

  6. Enjoy Your Time with Teachers and Classmates: Take a moment to appreciate your teachers and classmates. Write down everything you need to accomplish and make the most of your remaining time together.

  7. Plan Well for the Summer: Think ahead to the summer break. Whether you’re working, traveling, or relaxing, plan well so you can make the most of your time off.

  8. Think and Reflect: Spending time thinking about this year. Reflect on your journey so far and seek guidance for the future.

  9. Emphasize Relationships: Relationships matter! Strengthen your bonds with friends, teachers, and family. Say yes to intentional interactions.

  10. Celebrate Where You Saw Growth: Look back and celebrate your growth throughout the year. Acknowledge your success and achievements!

Remember, the end of the school year is a time for reflection, celebration, and anticipation of what’s to come. Enjoy every moment, and savor the experiences.

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4 Facts About St. Patrick You Probably Never Knew

Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is celebrated on March 17th every year. It is a great day of parades and general shenanigans. Irish people are very proud of St. Patrick and the traditions that go hand in hand with his celebratory day. Sprigs of shamrock are often pinned to lapels, and leprechauns can be spotted weaving in and out of the crowds. However, there are a few facts not everyone knows about St. Patrick. Here are 5 things you probably never knew about Ireland’s patron saint!


1. He wasn’t Irish.

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He is most popular for converting the pagan Irish people of the fifth century A.D. to Christianity. But although a clear apostle of Ireland, Patrick was actually British. Born and raised in the village of Banna Vemta Burniae Patrick acknowledges Britannia as his country in his writings. But where his birthplace was actually situated is still unsure. Some say it was lowland Scotland while others suggest it sat in Wales. But one thing we can be sure of, it was across the Irish Sea where our patron saint originated.

2. He never wore a shamrock.

Children up and down the country of Ireland are taught that St. Patrick used the Shamrock to explain the holy trinity to the heathen Irish. The small green clover has three leaves, representing The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit, so it is very common to pin some pretty seamróg (young clover) to your coat on St. Patrick’s Day before you head off to the parade. But history suggests St. Patrick did not use the shamrock to explain his Christian beliefs. There is no mention of the plant in any of the stories from that time, and it was only referred to later on by English writings about the common myth.

3. He didn’t wear green.

Every year people dig out anything green to wear on St. Patrick’s Day. The country is awash with green hats and scarves, green outfits, even green water in the rivers that run through Irish cities. But early evidence of St. Patrick suggests the man himself actually wore blue.

Since then, however “St. Patrick’s Blue” has been replaced with green and it looks very unlikely to change. The green stripe in the Irish flag, the emerald fields that smother the landscape and the lucky shamrocks worn on the day all play a part in the popular color choice. Not to mention the fear of being pinched by a cheeky leprechaun if you don’t wear their favorite emerald shade.


4. Patrick means ‘nobleman’

The name Patrick is very popular in Ireland. It comes from the Latin name Patricius meaning ‘nobleman,’ but the popular saint was actually given the name Sucat at birth and only later given the name Patrick.


Ireland is now full of Patrick’s, Padraig’s and Paddy’s, among other derivatives of the name, but it was only after the 17th-century that people began calling their children after Ireland’s famous patron. Before that, it was believed to be too sacred a name to be used for the common Irishman.


Each January 1st the world welcomes a new year with fireworks and a lot of excitement, and even though a crystal ball drops at midnight in Times Square, it cannot tell the future. Some people make resolutions to change things about themselves, to exercise more, or to just try to have more fun. However, just making a resolution is not enough. You have to take action.

So when you think about the new year, think about things you can do to help your future - whether it's study a little more, get to class more often or have the courage to raise your hand and ask a question when you are not sure about something. This is your future. Do everything you can to make it better and brighter, and if you do, you may just find that...

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