School Counseling Office

Upward Bound at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Education that is committed to providing modest-income first-generation college bound students the academic background, college preparatory experiences and support needed to succeed in college immediately after high school.


Our program works with 70 area high school students from the Northeast Kingdom and Northern New Hampshire who are required to meet one of the two following criteria: they will be the first in their family to graduate from college, or they are from a low-to-moderate income family. Two thirds of our students must meet both of these requirements.


Upward Bound students spend six weeks of the summer on Lyndon’s campus. Our students have four hours of college preparatory course work during the mornings, three hours of volunteer work in our community each afternoon, and spend evenings engaged in a variety of activities designed to expand their educational opportunities and promote cultural and inter-personal growth to further prepare them for post-secondary education.


NVU-Lyndon Upward Bound will provide:


- intensive instruction in college preparatory academic skills;

- guidance and counseling with regard to educational and career opportunities;

- assistance with college planning including financial aid, college applications, college tours and SAT preparation and;

- a comprehensive counseling and enrichment program for the purpose of developing creative thinking, effective expression, and positive attitudes toward learning.


Upward Bound is a FREE program for students and families. Learn more about what we do and how to participate below and check out our December 2019 newsletter.

"HOBY Vermont is an annual, four-day leadership seminar for high school sophomore aged students from across the state. Our seminar brings select young leaders, with similar passions from all regions across the state, together in one location. HOBY Vermont provides the students, we call ambassadors, with experiences and opportunities to better the talents and skills that they already possess through a variety of activities. These include, but are not limited to, guest speakers, entrepreneurship workshops, team building activities, cultural awareness exercises, volunteer service projects, and social/personal leadership development. Ambassadors leave empowered, energized, and part of a greater network of leaders across the state."

For more information or to apply, visit their website at

Allie O'Hara
Director of Guidance

Matthew Renaud
Middle School Guidance Counselor

Daniel Bobbett
High School Guidance Counselor

Bryanne Marquis