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Washington State University (Upward Bound North)

  • Washington State University (Upward Bound North)
  • 21 North Ash Street PO Box 1689
  • Omak, WA 98841
  • Meghan Carranza
  • Academic Coordinator
  • (509) 826-7208

Program Description

Upward Bound is one of a family of TRIO programs funded by the United States Department of Education to help students prepare for and succeed in post secondary. Upward Bound works with students who are low income, or who would potentially be the first in their family to earn a four-year college degree or who need academic support in order to achieve their goal of post secondary education.

WSU Upward Bound in Okanogan County enrolled the first student in April 2004. The project now serves 50 students each year from Omak and Okanogan high schools and 60 students from Tonasket and Oroville high schools. Upward Bound offers a variety of fun experiential learning activities during the academic year and a 4-week summer program.

Upward Bound also provides academic support throughout the year, including: academic advising, college and career preparation, information on college admissions and financial aid, one on one assistance, tutoring, college tours, opportunities for personal and leadership development and to participate in community service.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 60
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Central Washington University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Spokane Community College
  • Washington State University
  • Wenatchee Valley College