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Bowling Green veteran receives VUB Student of the Year award

Bowling Green resident Karyn O’Neal is this year’s winner of the Veterans Upward Bound Student of the Year award. The announcement was made last week at VUB’s annual awards banquet at the Knicely Conference Center on WKU’s South Campus.

Karyn O’Neal of Bowling Green (left) is presented with the Student of the Year Award by VUB Academic Coordinator Beth England.

Karyn O’Neal of Bowling Green (left) is presented with the Student of the Year Award by Veterans Upward Bound Academic Coordinator Beth England.

O’Neal attends Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College as a nursing major. Since the summer of 2014, she has been receiving tutoring in math and other subjects from VUB staff members.

“Veterans Upward Bound has benefited me by giving me the confidence to say I can pass the harder classes,” O’Neal said. “I know all I have to do is call and make an appointment for tutoring and they are there for me.”

O’Neal is a non-traditional student who is trying to earn her degree while she and her husband are also supporting their daughter’s efforts to graduate from the University of Kentucky. “I would love to receive a college education in order to have a degree to make my life more enjoyable,” O’Neal said.

At the awards banquet, O’Neal also won the Adult Learner scholarship and a scholarship from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1298 in Bowling Green. “Karyn is one of our most gifted and talented students,” said VUB Coordinator/Counselor Rick Wright. “She values education very highly and she’s always willing to work hard to achieve academic excellence. We’re very proud of her.”

O’Neal served full-time active duty in the U.S. Navy for almost four years before transferring to the Naval Reserves for several more years of military service. Before receiving her honorable discharge, she was given the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

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 and have a good quality of life. It is the only program of its kind in Kentucky. Since coming to WKU in 1992, VUB has helped more than 2,500 student veterans go to college. For more information, visit www.wku.edu/vub or the VUB Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vubwku

Contact: Rick Wright, (270) 745-5008

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