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Students in Upward Bound are four times more likely to earn an undergraduate degree than those students from similar backgrounds.
Washington State University Upward Bound helps high school students gain the academic skills and motivation needed to earn a college degree. Yakima Upward Bound staff provide support, knowledge, instruction, opportunities, and encouragement for potential college students whose parents do not have a college degree. Upward Bound staff work one on one with each student and are personally committed to the success of their students. The program is limited to 63 students/ year.
- Preparation for high school graduation, including studying and testing skill development.
- Professional tutoring available 24/7.
- College admissions assistance including college visits, college selection, and preparing competitive applications. Some college visits will be up a week in length.
- Assistance with applying for Financial Aid and scholarships.
- Career Exploration to assist the student in determining which programs to study while in college.
- Support and guidance for students interested in earning college credits while in high school. Yakima Upward Bound provides advising and some textbook loans to active participants who enroll in Running Start.
- Advising Student Workshops.
- Parent Workshops on Financial Aid and college selection offered in Spanish and English.
- Pre-College testing Preparation and registration Leadership Development and opportunities.
- Financial Literacy.
- Awareness of student’s top strengths.
- Community Service opportunities.
- Instruction and Tutoring in Writing and Literature, Lab Sciences, Foreign Languages, and Math and Pre-College Testing preparation.
- 6-week WSU Summer Academy.
- Opportunity for a paid research internship just before college.
- Social and cultural opportunities to prepare the student for college success.
- 9th-12th grades ages 14-19 who attend Eisenhower or White Swan High Schools in Yakima County.
- U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.
- Intend to attend college after high school graduation.
- Will commit to participate in the program until the fall after high school graduation.
- Not enrolled in another college prep program.
- The student’s parents have not completed a four-year college degree OR the family is income eligible as defined by the Department of Education’s Federal Guidelines as listed here: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/incomelevels.html
Expectations of Students Enrolled in Upward Bound Program:
- Students will achieve and maintain a Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Students must pursue a rigorous course curriculum as described in the Washington State College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADRs)
- Students must participate in weekly meetings and attend all academic activities as required.
- Participate in at least one 6-week Summer Academy.
- Students will apply for admissions to three colleges or universities.
- Students will apply for three scholarships.
- Students will complete required standardized testing.
- Students will complete the Free Application for Free Students Aid (FAFSA) during their
senior year of high school.
Apply for WSU Upward Bound-Yakima
*Enrollment in Upward Bound is limited. All services are provided at no cost to students enrolled in the program.
Online application: https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1MNolkXJ7VgwWbP
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)