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Veterans Upward Bound at WKU has prepared more than 2,500 for college

Veterans Upward Bound has helped more than 2,500 student veterans go to college since its inception at WKU in 1992.

U.S. Air Force veteran Teresa Jameson is among  more than 2,500 veterans who have been served by Veterans Upward Bound at WKU since 1992. Above, she received a scholarship from Col. Robert E. Spiller at the 2013 VUB awards banquet. VUB Director Davy Stone is in the background.

U.S. Air Force veteran Teresa Jameson (right) is among more than 2,500 who have been prepared for college by Veterans Upward Bound at WKU since 1992. Above, she receives a scholarship from Col. Robert E. Spiller at the 2013 VUB awards banquet as VUB Director Davy Stone looks on.

Teresa Jameson of Adolphus is one of those students. Jameson, 48, graduated from WKU last December with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She majored in history and social studies.

Jameson graduated with magna cum laude honors by achieving a 3.79 grade-point average. She made the Dean’s List and the President’s List several times and got credit by examination for eight courses by passing placement tests for those courses.

“Teresa is one of the best and brightest students we’ve ever had,” said VUB Counselor Rick Wright. “I know she will go on to accomplish even more success in the future.”

In addition to carrying a full load of courses each semester, Jameson worked part-time in the WKU Military Student Services office. Her duties included overseeing the Veterans Resource Center and managing the Textbooks For Troops initiative.

To make sure she was prepared for college level courses, Jameson enrolled in the VUB program before starting her academic career at WKU.

“Veterans Upward Bound was instrumental in preparing me for college,” she said. “The entire VUB staff gave me constant encouragement. The road to my return to college had some bumps but the staff at VUB smoothed them out quickly and effortlessly.”

As a non-traditional student, Jameson, a 14-year veteran of the United States Air Force, felt like she needed some help to make the transition from military life to student life. She had been out of school for 26 years while helping her husband raise and support two daughters.

“Veterans Upward Bound is an amazing resource for veterans, especially older veterans who have been out of school for quite some time. If it wasn’t for VUB, I would’ve never attempted going to college,” Jameson said.

Jameson excelled in the VUB program. She attended classes on a regular basis, learned her lessons well, won two scholarships and acquired the confidence to know she could earn a college degree.

What kind of advice would she give to veterans who are thinking about joining Veterans Upward Bound?

“I believe in the program so much that whenever I run into a veteran, I tell them about VUB and how much it helped me and encourage them to check into the program for themselves,” Jameson said. “Veterans Upward Bound is an important part of the WKU community and the assistance they’ve given me is truly priceless.”

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

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