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
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
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
The Upward Bound program is a federal TRIO Program, funded 100% by the U.S. Department of Education at $287,537