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Veterans Upward Bound receives grant

WKU’s Veterans Upward Bound was one of 51 awarded funding Monday from the U.S. Department of Education.

WKU will receive $278,881 for the first year of a five-year grant to continue its services to help military veterans acquire the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in college. The U.S. Department of Education awarded $14,392,377 to Veterans Upward Bound projects nationwide.

Since 1992, WKU’s Veterans Upward Bound program has served more than 2,400 student veterans, according to VUB coordinator Rick Wright. The program served 139 student veterans for the 2011-12 project year, he said.

While some states have several VUB programs, including Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee with three each, WKU hosts the only Veterans Upward Bound program in Kentucky.

“We’re very pleased that the U.S. Department of Education approved our grant application,” Wright said. “We look forward to serving the needs of student veterans in southcentral Kentucky for the next five years and beyond.”

All Veterans Upward Bound classes are free and are designed to help veterans prepare for college or vocational/technical school. VUB also helps veterans with the school application process and applying for school financial aid.

“No group deserves our support for opportunities to learn and advance their knowledge and skills more than our veterans,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “These Veterans Upward Bound grants will help prepare our returning veterans for college by providing the academic instruction, mentoring and guidance they need to succeed in college and in life.”

In addition to instruction in all the core subject areas, VUB assists veterans through other activities, such as: refresher or remedial courses when needed; financial and personal counseling; tutoring and mentoring; assistance in preparing for college entrance exams and financial aid application; information about postsecondary opportunities, and help in connecting with other resources designed to assist veterans.

Veterans Upward Bound, which was added to the Upward Bound program in 1972, is one of three types of programs funded under the Upward Bound program, which is one of seven outreach and student services programs under the TRIO umbrella. The other programs are: Educational Opportunity Centers, Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement, Student Support Services, Talent Search, Training Program for Federal TRIO programs, Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science.

For information on the Veterans Upward Bound program, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/triovub/index.html

For information on WKU’s Veterans Upward Bound, visit http://www.wku.edu/vub/

Contact: Rick Wright, (270) 745-5310.

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