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Welcome to Whatcom Community College TRIO Upward Bound!

Upward Bound students are carefully chosen for this unique experience. Our vision is to empower each student to become a leader, a person of accomplishment, and an excellent representative of the Upward Bound program for many years to come. 

Who we serve

Upward Bound is a federally funded TRIO program created to assist high school students who are low-income (as defined by federal guidelines) and/or who have parents who have not received a four-year college degree.

Upward Bound students meet the following eligibility requirements

  • U.S Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • First-generation college student (neither parent/guardian has a 4-year degree) and/or meet certain income guidelines.
  • Are committed to remaining involved in the program until graduation from high school.
  • Are a 9th - 12th grader with an interest in pursuing a four-year college degree.
  • Are currently enrolled in the Nooksack Valley High School, Ferndale High School and Mount Baker High School districts.

Interested in joining Upward Bound?

Students interested in joining Upward Bound are required to complete an application and interview process. Hard copy and online application forms are available.

Application packets are provided by Upward Bound staff or may be picked up and dropped off at the following locations:

  • Nooksack Valley High School: Mrs. Wise in the Counseling Center
  • Ferndale High School: Mrs. Gholam in the Counseling Center
  • Mount Baker High School: School Counselors: Ms. Lee or Mr. Marston

Application process:

Step 1: Complete Part 1 of the application with Upward Bound staff.
Step 2: Complete all remaining sections of the application using the paper or online form.
Step 3: Counselor or teachers complete student recommendation form.
Step 4: All materials are submitted online, returned to school location, or turned into Upward Bound staff.
Step 5: Upward Bound staff reviews application and obtains required signatures before students are invited to participate in the program

Upward Bound Landing - Partners
Upward Bound Landing - Summer Academy
Upward Bound Landing - Resources
The Upward Bound program is a federal TRIO Program, funded 100% by the U.S. Department of Education at $287,537
annually. 
TRIO Upward Bound Program | Foundation Building 101D | upwardbound@whatcom.edu | p: 360.383.3134 | f: 360.383.3201