MUSCLE SHOALS & PHIL CAMPBELL, ALA. — The Upward Bound program at Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) has been funded $764,953 for the 2022-2023 fiscal year, an increase of over 13 percent from the previous grant cycle, by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Two NWSCC Upward Bound Phil Campbell Project participants take part in a CPR Class on campus this summer

TRIO Upward Bound will provide five years of funding to help 158 local students per year find their paths to college. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 86% of Upward Bound participants enroll in postsecondary institutions immediately following high school graduation.

“The Upward Bound Program, along with the other TRIO programs, are so important to the students in the communities we serve,” said NWSCC President Dr. Jeff Goodwin. “These programs offer academic and support services to help remove barriers that hinder students from pursuing a postsecondary education. Without these programs, many students would not be able to realize their dream of a college degree.”
NWSCC houses an Upward Bound program on each of the two campuses. Each program should receive funding for the next five years (2022 – 2027).

  • Phil Campbell Campus Program – $439,973; serves Belgreen, Haleyville, Muscle Shoals, Phil Campbell, Red Bay, Russellville, Tharptown, and Vina high schools
  • Shoals Campus Program – $324,980; serves Central, Colbert County, Colbert Heights, Florence, Lexington, Rogers, Sheffield, and Wilson high schools along with the Florence Freshman Center

The program is aimed at students between 9th and 12th grades who will be the first in their families to graduate college and come from lower income backgrounds. The program also encourages individuals to complete a two-year or four-year college degree. 

The Upward Bound program is one of four TRIO programs, including Talent Search, Student Support Services, and Upward Bound Math and Science at NWSCC. The programs are 100 percent federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Students interested in applying for Upward Bound at NWSCC can visit or contact Dr. Amber McCown, Upward Bound Manager, on the Phil Campbell campus at 256-331-8128 or Dr. Jamie Flanagan, Upward Bound Manager, on the Shoals campus at 256.331.5356.


About Northwest Shoals Community College:

Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) is part of the Alabama Community College System and home to almost 3,400 students. NWSCC has campuses in Muscle Shoals and Phil Campbell, Ala. NWSCC offers over 100 certificate and degree programs and is committed to providing career technical, academic, and lifelong educational opportunities that promote economic growth and enrich the quality of life for the people it serves. For more information about the NWSCC, visit