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Department Awards $14.3 Million for 51 Grants to Boost Veterans’ Success in Higher Education


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Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced the award of $14,392,377 for 51 Veterans Upward Bound projects, which will help some 6,831 veterans acquire the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in college. The projects aim to increase the college-going and completion rates of low-income, first-generation military veterans, and support the Administration's ongoing commitment to improving service members’ transition from military life to civilian life by fostering educational opportunities and career and workforce readiness. The projects also support the President’s goal for America to be first in the world in college graduates by 2020.

“No group deserves our support for opportunities to learn and advance their knowledge and skills more than our veterans,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “These Upward Bound Veterans grants will help prepare our returning veterans for college by providing the academic instruction, mentoring and guidance they need to succeed in college and in life.”

In addition to instruction in all the core subject areas, grantees will assist veterans participating in their projects through other activities, such as: refresher or remedial courses when needed; financial and personal counseling; tutoring and mentoring; assistance in preparing for college entrance exams and financial aid application; information about postsecondary opportunities, and help in connecting with other resources designed to assist veterans.

Veterans Upward Bound, which was added to the Upward Bound program in 1972, is one of three types of programs funded under the Upward Bound program, which is one of seven outreach and student services programs under the TRIO umbrella. The other programs are:

  • Educational Opportunity Centers
  • Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement
  • Student Support Services
  • Talent Search
  • Training Program for Federal TRIO programs
  • Upward Bound
  • Upward Bound Math and Science

Since the FY 2007 competition, this program has served about 5,780 returning veterans.  Grants are five-year projects.

For more information on the Veterans Upward Bound program, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/triovub/index.html

Following is a list of grantees, alphabetical by state, and includes the first year of funding:

State

Grantee, city, award amount for first year


Grantee

State

Grant

North Alabama Center For Educational Excellence

AL

$      250,000.00

Gadsden State Community College

AL

$      275,153.00

Henderson State University

AR

$      250,000.00

Pulaski Technical College

AR

$      250,000.00

University of Arkansas

AR

$      283,606.00

Yavapai Community College

AZ

$      250,000.00

Arizona State University

AZ

$      312,738.00

Santa Ana College

CA

$      250,000.00

TELACU Education Foundation

CA

$      275,152.00

Colorado State University/ Pueblo

CO

$      250,000.00

Metropolitan State University of Denver

CO

$      280,943.00

Pensacola State College

FL

$      250,000.00

Georgia State University

GA

$      250,000.00

Boise State University

ID

$      250,000.00

Roosevelt University

IL

$      275,153.00

Vincennes University

IN

$      275,153.00

Wichita State University

KS

$      250,000.00

University of Kansas

KS

$      250,000.00

Western Kentucky University/ Bowling Green

KY

$      278,881.00

Delgado Community College

LA

$      274,433.00

Southeastern Louisiana University

LA

$      348,544.00

University of Louisiana/ Lafayette

LA

$      366,519.00

Suffolk University

MA

$      250,000.00

University of Massachusetts/ Boston

MA

$      372,947.00

Prince George's Community College

MD

$      250,000.00

Wayne State University

MI

$      400,469.00

Minneapolis Community & Technical College

MN

$      346,396.00

Metropolitan Community College

MO

$      250,000.00

Montana State University/ Northern

MT

$      341,000.00

Central Carolina Community College

NC

$      245,086.00

North Dakota State University

ND

$      273,279.00

Western Nebraska Community College

NE

$      250,000.00

University of New Mexico

NM

$      249,991.00

Truckee Meadows Community College

NV

$      368,267.00

CUNY/ LaGuardia Community College

NY

$      249,997.00

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

OH

$      250,000.00

Cuyahoga Community College

OH

$      294,659.00

Redlands Community College

OK

$      250,000.00

East Central University

OK

$      275,153.00

University of Pennsylvania

PA

$      358,696.00

ASPIRA, Inc. of Puerto Rico

PR

$      302,138.00

Trident Technical College

SC

$      250,000.00

East Tennessee State University

TN

$      260,466.00

Austin Peay State University

TN

$      312,925.00

University of Tennessee

TN

$      315,916.00

University of Texas/ Brownsville & Texas Southmost College

TX

$      250,000.00

University of Texas/ Arlington

TX

$      250,000.00

Weber State University

UT

$      323,217.00

Southwest Virginia Community College

VA

$      250,000.00

University of Wisconsin/ Milwaukee

WI

$      250,000.00

Davis & Elkins College

WV

$      355,500.00


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