Frequently Asked Questions

What is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound is a federal government program to promote success in high school and higher education. Upward Bound helps students get to college through activities like academic advising, tutoring, mentoring, college application workshops, financial aid application workshop, test preparation, college visits, and cultural activities. During the summer, Upward Bound hosts a six-week summer residential program at The Evergreen State College. Currently Evergreen Upward Bound serves students at Foss, Lincoln, and Mt. Tahoma high schools.

Who is eligible for Upward Bound?

Upward Bound serves students that are low income and first generation in their families to attend college. Students must be a US citizen or permanent resident. The income and first generation status must be determined through a program application. Students must apply with their parent or guardians and a school counselor or liaison. Students must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students must enter the program in 9th through 11th grades. Most students will be admitted during their 9th grade year. Students are ineligible to start in their 12th grade year. By federal guidelines, Upward Bound program serves a limited amount of students, so many eligible students will not be served in a target school.

Who are the Evergreen Upward Bound Permanent Staff?

  • Delia Orosco, Director  (360) 867-6028
  • Juana Vaughan, Program Assistant (360) 867-6012
  • Rand Hodgson, Educational Specialist
  • Josh Simpson, Educational Specialist

What is the history of Upward Bound?

Upward Bound is funded by the Department of Education and is also know as a TRIO program. TRIO programs were established in 1964 to promote access to and success in higher education. Other TRIO programs include Education Talent Search, Upward Bound Math Science, and Dissemination. At colleges, there are Student Support Services, Upward Bound Veterans and McNair to help students succeed. Education Opportunity Centers help adults who are interested in enrolling in higher education. These programs are grant-funded and so colleges and other organizations must reapply for regularly, usually every 5 years.

How long has The Evergreen Upward Bound program been around?

The Evergreen State College Upward Bound was established in 1977. Evergreen provides this program because of the College's commitment to providing access to higher education and its commitment to serve area communities. Each summer the Evergreen community hosts Upward Bound students Sunday evening through Friday afternoon in residential housing, the cafeteria, classrooms and recreation spaces. Offices all over the College support Upward Bound through activities like hosting our summer student interns.

How do I find out more about Evergreen's Upward Bound program?

For general questions about The Evergreen State College Upward Bound program, please contact Juana Vaughan at (360) 867-6012.


Who are some of the Upward Bound Partners?

  • United Way
  • The Evergreen State College
  • Evergreen First Peoples' (Multicultural Affairs)
  • Housing and Conference Services
  • KEY (Keep Enhancing Yourself)
  • Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Hilltop Learning Center
  • Puyallup Tribal Council
  • Thurston Group of Washington State
  • Tacoma Public Schools
  • UB Math/Science
  • University of Washington – Tacoma


What other US government K-12 educational opportunity programs are there in the area?

Education Talent Search, Metropolitan Development Council and Tacoma Community College (253) 566-5110

Serving graders 6th-8th Jason Lee Middle, grades 9th-12th Foss and Stadium High Schools

Education Talent Search, Metropolitan Development Council and Pacific Lutheran University (253) 591-0117


What other US government educational opportunity programs does Evergreen host?

KEY (Student Support Services), (360) 867-6464,, Felix Braffith, Director
KEY serves first generation, low income and disabled students enrolled at The Evergreen State College. It provides academic advising, tutoring, financial aid application assistance, and cultural events.

GEAR Up serves a class of middle schoolers through graduation to promote college-going. GEAR Up provides academic advising, tutoring, mentoring, college application workshops, financial aid application workshop, college visits, cultural activities, and a summer program. It also provides teacher professional development opportunities to its target schools.

Where can I find out more information about TRIO Programs?

What other college opportunity resources are there?