Helping students overcome barriers to higher education

Our mission is to help students who will be the first in their families to complete a baccalaureate degree, and income-qualified students to overcome class, social and academic barriers to higher education. We believe all students should have an equal opportunity to prepare for, attend and graduate from college.

Our programs

First in the Pack

Nevada First in the Pack is a program designed to help first-generation college students succeed in obtaining a college degree. First-generation students are students in families where neither parent has graduated from a four-year college or university.


The goal for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is to provide continual academic support to first generation students, in the state of Nevada, throughout their middle and high school years, preparing them to enter and succeed in college.

McNair Scholars

McNair Scholars provides research opportunities and other related academic experiences that promote the acquisition of the doctoral degree for first generation, low-income, and underrepresented University of Nevada, Reno juniors and seniors.

TRiO Scholars

TRiO's mission is to assist income-qualified, first generation University of Nevada, Reno students to overcome the cultural, academic, class and socioeconomic barriers to success in higher education through services provided during their entire college career.

Upward Bound

Upward Bound provides first-generation, income-qualified high school students in the state of Nevada with free college preparatory services and support to develop the skills and knowledge essential for successful admission, persistence and completion of postsecondary education.

Upward Bound Math and Science

Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of first-generation, income-qualified high school students, helping them develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science.