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Veterans Upward Bound graduate wins national scholarship

Joe Hunter of Bowling Green recently won a $1,000 scholarship from the National Association of Veterans Upward Bound.

Joe Hunter

Joe Hunter

Hunter, a 2013 graduate of the WKU Veterans Upward Bound program, was one of only six students in the country to win one of these awards. There are 50 VUB programs in the United States.

He is the 10th WKU VUB student in the last 11 years to be selected for this award.

“I’ve been a college administrator for nearly 30 years and I can honestly say that Joe is one of the best and brightest students I’ve ever worked with,” said WKU VUB Counselor Rick Wright. “He is a dedicated student and a true gentleman in every way. Joe is a deserving winner of this scholarship and we’re very proud of him.”

Hunter is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering at WKU.

Tonya Archey, WKU military student services director, said: “Joe is very deserving of this scholarship because of his selfless service to others, his financial need and his dedication to his future career goals. I have no doubt that he will continue to touch and enhance the lives of others for a lifetime.”

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Hunter received many decorations during his time in the service including: the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Navy Unit Commendation.

While in the Marines, Hunter was also selected for a special detachment in charge of providing interior security for President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Hunter is the vice president of WKU’s Student Veterans Alliance and a WKU president’s scholar. In the community, he is a member of the Southern Kentucky Veterans Council and the VFW Post 1298 in Bowling Green.

About Veterans Upward Bound at WKU: VUB is a free educational program for veterans that helps them get admitted to college so they can get the education they need to get a good job a have a good quality of life. It is the only VUB program in Kentucky. Since coming to WKU in 1992, VUB has helped more than 2,500 student veterans go to college. For information, visit www.wku.edu/vub or the VUB Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vubwku or call Rick Wright at (270) 745-5008.

Contact: Rick Wright, (270) 745-5008 or rick.wright@wku.edu

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