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Veterans Upward Bound tutor wins national scholarship

“The few. The proud.” That’s the motto of the United States Marine Corps. Joe Hunter, a former Marine, was among the few and the proud to recently win a Hammer Family Memorial Scholarship for $5,000.

Joe Hunter, a WKU student and tutor at Veterans Upward Bound, was one of eight students nationwide to win a Hammer Family Memorial Scholarship.

Joe Hunter, a WKU student and tutor at Veterans Upward Bound, was one of eight students nationwide to win a Hammer Family Memorial Scholarship.

The competition was limited to veterans of the U.S. armed forces who are studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Hunter, who completed the Veterans Upward Bound program in the summer of 2013 and is an electrical engineering major at WKU, was one of eight college students in the country to receive the scholarship awarded by the Marines’ Memorial Association.

“It is apparent how important engineering can be to the prosperity of a nation and the same holds true for science, technology and mathematics,” Hunter said. “As an engineer, I hope to make significant contributions that will improve the lives of not only Americans, but the entire world.”

Hunter, a Bowling Green resident, works part-time as a teacher in the Veterans Upward Bound “vet-to-vet” tutoring program.

Hunter served in the Marine Corps from 2004-2013. One of the many jobs he did in the military was to act as a bodyguard for President Obama.

“We’re very proud of Joe for winning this prestigious national award,” said VUB Coordinator Rick Wright. “He’s an extremely intelligent young man and a very deserving recipient of this scholarship.”

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 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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