Appalachian Upward Bound is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is sponsored by Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority. Our current grants have been operating since 1995 in Hawkins county.

Our mission is to provide fundamental support to students in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college pursuits. Upward Bound serves: high school students from low income families; high school students from families in which neither parent hold a bachelors degree; and low income, first generation military veterans who are preparing to enter post-secondary 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 post-secondary 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. Click here to visit our website for more information.



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.



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



All services are FREE! Stipends are even given to students each month for participating in weekly meetings and Eagle Days.



The Upward Bound office is located beside of the library facing the 100's hallway.



Students will meet with their Education Specialist every week beginning the first week of September. During these meetings students will go over items such as ACT prep, non-cognitive skills, financial literacy, and more.



Eagle Days are held once per month, on Saturday. On these days, students will meet their Education Specialist at Cherokee High School and ride a bus to Carson Newman University. While there they will take courses in ACT prep, financial literacy, study skills, leadership skills, Senior Seminar, Find the Fit, and a host of electives. Afterwards, students eat lunch on campus in the dining hall (or off campus if the dining hall is closed) and return home.



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-income families and individuals of all ages achieve personal, economic, and social stability. Current programs located at DCEA include: Upward Bound, 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.

Upward Bound


Upward Bound Students:

1/21/22- Our mini-trip to tour Tusculum University and Bays Mountain has been rescheduled. New date TBA.


Next Mini-Trip will be on March 19th. We will be touring Walters State and visiting Parrot Mountain.



We are NOW accepting applications for NEXT YEAR! If you would like to join, come pick up an application at the Upward Bound office. Find out more information about the program or apply online by visiting our website. https://www.trio-dcea.org/ub


Meet Your

Education Specialist

Education Specialist

Abigail Lyons is a proud graduate of Cherokee High School. She graduated with her bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2012. As an alumni of the DCEA Upward Bound program she knows first-hand the need for additional student support in college preparation and access. As a fellow first generation student, she believes in the goals of the program and providing knowledge and opportunities to students. She has loved working along side Cherokee High School for the past 8 years helping students find their paths to their passion, dreams and goals.

Contact Information


Office: (423) 272-2299

Cell: (423) 754-3154


February 19, 2022

March 12, 2022

April 9, 2022 (Trip)

May 7, 2022