TRIO Upward Bound

TRIO Upward Bound

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 U.S. 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

What to Expect From TRIO UB

  • TRiO Café
    An open-style virtual space to engage in group dialogue, coaching, and support with academics, employment, scholarships, life, etc. Invest at least once a week when school in session
  • Wolfpack Wednesdays
    An optional community session during WPS Academic Enrichment Class. Participate as often as possible or necessary.
  • PEEPS - Participants Emotionally Engaging with Peer Support
    Our optional engagement opportunity to meet peers, make connections and receive support. Join as often as possible.
  • Individualized Coaching
    Personal advising and support with academic and career planning. Schedule individual appointment at least once a semester, ideally monthly, as often as necessary.
  • Personal and Leadership Development Opportunities 
    Gain access to specialized curriculum, resources, and field trips. Invest in personalized opportunities as often as possible.
  • Stipend and Work-Study Opportunities 
    Engage collaboratively with staff to earn while you learn with the possibility of co-creating summer leadership and work-study role during summer prior to and after senior year. Be an active and engaged participant in good standing with the program to be eligible for annual stipend

Summer Academy,June 1 – July 9, 2021

  • Virtual Sessions
    Monday-Thursday, 10 am - 3 pm
  • Field Experiences
    Friday 10 am - 3 pm

Summer Bridge

  • June 1 – August 9, 2021 - Virtual, unless required by course selection
  • College enrollment and job placement support; graduates in good standing may be eligible to take a college course at no cost during the summer term at FRCC

How to Apply

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

Chat with the TRIO UB Director Koreeña Montoya via phone 303-404-5561 or email.

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

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.

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. 

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.

Weekly Activity Schedule



Community Development
10-11 am

Community Development
10-11 am

Math: Modeling Our World
10-11 am
STEAM & Healthy Lifestyles
10 am -1 pm
Field Experiences & Supply Distribution
10 am - 3 pm
Literacy & Expression: Book Club
11 am - 12 pm
Literacy & Expression: Pathways
11 am - 12 pm
Literacy & Expression: Book Club
11 am - 12 pm
Lunch & Movement
1-2 pm
Individual Portfolio Development (Special Offerings)
1 -2 pm

Community Cafe Connections
12-1 pm

Science: Everyday Nutrition
12-1 pm

Wellness & Wellbeing
2-3 pm

Lunch & Movement
1-2 pm

Lunch & Movement
1-2 pm

  Financial Literacy 101
2-3 pm
Cafe Connections
2-3 pm



Get Started with TRIO UB

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Contact Us

New applicant inquiries | Email

Koreeña Montoya
Program Director

General inquiries

Dr. Marisol Enriquez
Academic Counselor

720-436-1588 | Email
Current participant & family inquiries