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Supporting High School Students

TRIO Upward Bound is a free program that supports low income, first generation high school students in Okanogan and Douglas counties in their preparation for entrance into college. The program started at WSU in 2004 and now serves 52 students from Omak and Okanogan high schools and 60 students from Bridgeport, Lake Roosevelt, and Nespelem high schools each year. 

Program Services

WSU Upward Bound is a federal TRIO program funded the US Department of Education under Title 34, PART 645 of the Higher Education Act, in the amount of $297,601 and $287,537  per year for a period of 5 years.  The mission of Upward Bound Okanogan is to generate the motivation and skills students need to complete high school, succeed in post-secondary education and to contribute as leaders in their community. 

Academic Assistance

  • Academic advising and tutoring services
  • Instruction in math, science, English and foreign language
  • SAT and ACT preparation
  • College and career exploration
  • Indvidualized support

Self Development & Enrichment

  • Leadership and personal growth conferences
  • Cultural enrichment activities and field trips
  • College campus tours
  • Educational success workshops
  • Community service opportunities

Educational & Personal Resources

  • Participation stipends
  • Assistance in applying to college
  • Financial aid and scholarship support
  • Laptop and printing access