What Is the TRIO Upward Bound Program?

The Front Range Community College TRIO Upward Bound (UB) Program is a supportive learning community to empower Westminster High School students and their families with navigating college and career pathways.

TRIO UB is sponsored by the US Department of Education and serves sixty students annually. Participants are expected to engage with program staff and activities throughout the academic year and summer. Active participants in good standing are eligible to receive an annual stipend for investing in their personal and professional growth.

The Benefits of TRIO UB

  • Academic support and individualized coaching with college counselors, instructors, and mentors
  • Supplemental academic, cultural, enrichment & college readiness experiences
  • Earn a stipend for investing in your personal and professional growth 
  • Exposure to college and career pathways and programs
  • College campus and career industry tours 
  • Expanded financial decision-making skills 
  • Build and expand social networks

Program Eligibility

Participants must meet ALL of the following:

  • Attend Westminster High School
  • Be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident or have the intent to become a Permanent Resident
  • Demonstrate need with potential for success
  • Show commitment to program services

AND must meet at least ONE of the following:

  • Be first-generation college bound (neither natural nor adoptive parent(s)/guardian(s) earned a four-year college degree)
  • Meet income eligibility requirements as determined by federal guidelines (to be determined by staff

How to Apply

Step 1: Learn about the program (choose one)

Stop by classroom A106 at Westminster High School during open office hours (Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am - 1:30 pm) to chat with a TRIO staff member.


Email Upward Bound to schedule an appointment with a TRIO staff Member.

Step 2: Submit application

Applicants will be considered on a first-to-apply, first-to-be-interviewed basis. The application will remain open, and some may be put on a waiting list if spaces are unavailable.

Submit Application

Step 3: Complete Interview

Applicants who meet minimum qualifications will complete an online interview with TRIO UB Director and/or Academic Counselor to determine eligibility and good fit for the program. Participant will be required to submit current transcripts during the interview and may be asked to complete recommendation form from assigned WHS counselor or other WHS teachers as needed to determine need for program services.

Step 4: Once selected, commit to program services

Accepted applicants must regularly participate in program activities to demonstrate commitment within 60 days during the academic year or 10 days during the summer before active participant status is granted. Once admitted and active, participants can receive services throughout high school and through the summer upon graduating from high school.

Step 5: Become an active and engaged participant

Active participants are eligible for individual coaching sessions, specialized curriculum, annual stipends, additional resources, and leadership opportunities. Participants who demonstrate leadership are eligible for work-study roles during the summer prior to and after senior year. Participants must attend at least one offering a week during the school year and are highly encouraged to participate in summer programming. Mentorship and network connections will remain throughout college until completion of an associate's or bachelor's degree so long-term engagement with TRIO UB Program is essential to meet program objectives.

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Feel free to reach out to our team.

Vanessa Mendes
Program Director
303-404-5015 | Email