Washington State University

College Bound

    Students enjoying Seattle's Pioneer SquareWSU Upward Bound

    Omak, Okanogan, Tonasket and Oroville!


     What is Upward Bound?

    Upward Bound is a federally funded academic support program that prepares and motivates low-income, first-generation and academically at risk high school students to successfully pursue a college education. Upward Bound offers an academically challenging year-round program, including tutorial services, monthly workshops, a local and residential summer program, college visitations, career advising, and assistance in applying for financial aid and college admission.

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    025cropped2.jpg Upward Bound Students at the University of Puget Sound. 



                                 Mission Statement

    The Mission of WSU Upward Bound, Okanogan County is

    TO  GENERATE in program participants the skills, motivation, and cultural competencies necessary to:

    Complete secondary education,

    Enter and succeed in post secondary education, and

    Contribute as citizen-leaders in their communities.




    WSU Upward Bound-Okanogan Couty  offers a diverse curriculum, with both group experiences and individualized academic counseling to support students in reaching their academic goals.  Saturday workshops, regular specialty workshops, individual advising, tutoring and an opportunity to particpate in various hands-on educational experiences provide a rich and fun learning experience for UB students.

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    PSAT/SAT Prep



    WSU Upward Bound - Okanogan County provides opportunities for students to develop the community and leadership skills that will help them to become citizen-leaders in their chosen communities. 
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    Litter Clean up Project crew



    Each year WSU Upward Bound participants have the opportunity to choose, plan and experience a cultural/educational trip during Spring break.  Over the years, students have chosen to visit various colleges throughout the state, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma; State Capital in Olympia; the Indian Cultural Museum at the University of Washington, the Total Music Experience, and China town districts in Seattle...just to name a few! 
    In past years, students have chosen to travel to the "Coast" to check out the Music Experience, the Pike Street Market, the Japaneese Gardens, Ride the Ducks, the Museum of Glass, the Burke Museum, the University of Puget Sound, PLU, WWU--and, of course, the supurb food available in the greater Seattle area! 
    Field trip to Seattle's Japaneese Gardens
    Annual "BIG TRIP", students visited
    The University of Puget Sound,
    and later wash their hands
    at dinner at a Moroccan restaraunt.
    Students enjoying Seattle's Pioneer Square
    Students prepare to "Ride the Duck"


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    Being a senior in high school is both exciting and challenging at the same time. Trying to keep up with classes and figure out how to get into college can make life very stressful. Upward Bound provides help to seniors and their parents to keep them on track, and to help them negotiate the college applicaiton process--with less stress! 
    Types of assistance:
    • Information about college, financial aid , college entrance tests and more!
    • Drop-in advising at the UB office or at school
    • Personalized advice and editing for college essays
    • Help in preparing and reigistering for pre-college tests
    • Financial aid and college admissions workshop for parents and students
    • Help in obtaining SAT and ACT fee waivers (for those who are eligible)
    • Workshops about choosing the right college, money management, choosing a major, and many other topics 


    WSU College Bound  PO Box 1689,  Omak WA 98841-1689 | (509) 826-7208 / FAX (509) 826-7209  gcasper@wsu.edu