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WKU Veterans Upward Bound alum to speak at national conference

WKU Veterans Upward Bound alumnus Philip Parsons of Lewisburg has been tapped to serve as a keynote speaker at a national conference.

Philip Parsons, a graduate of the Veterans Upward Bound program at WKU, will make a presentation March 11 during a national conference in Nashville.

Philip Parsons, a graduate of the Veterans Upward Bound program at WKU, will make a presentation March 11 during a national conference in Nashville.

The conference, sponsored by the National Association of Veterans Upward Bound (NAVUB), will run from March 10-14 in Nashville. Parsons will make his presentation at the conference’s Eagle luncheon on March 11. The focus of his talk will be how Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) has helped him to pursue his educational goals.

VUB Director Davy Stone and Counselor Rick Wright will be in the audience to hear Parsons’ speech. “This is a great professional development opportunity for Philip,” Wright said. “I know the crowd will really enjoy his remarks. He represents our program in a very positive way and we’re very proud of him.”

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Parsons graduated from the WKU VUB program in the summer of 2012. He is pursuing an associate degree in human services at Hopkinsville Community College. Last summer, he was one of only 11 students in the United States to win a $1,000 scholarship from NAVUB. Parsons is the ninth Veterans Upward Bound student from WKU to receive this prestigious award in the past 10 years.

The National Association of Veterans Upward Bound (NAVUB) is the professional association for Veterans Upward Bound staff. Veterans Upward Bound projects, supported by NAVUB, are dedicated to fully developing the personal potential of all U.S. military veterans, just as NAVUB is dedicated to fully developing professional staff members who work with VUB’s veterans. The Nashville conference will feature workshops, meetings and special events.

WKU is one of 51 Veterans Upward Bound projects across the United States and the only one in Kentucky. Tennessee has three VUB programs. Since coming to WKU in 1992, VUB has helped more than 2,500 veterans get admitted to colleges, universities and technical schools. VUB is a non-profit, grant-funded project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. It caters primarily to low-income veterans and veterans who are first-generation college students.

Contact: Rick Wright, (270) 745-5008.

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