U.S. Department of Education has awarded The University of Texas at Arlington a
$1.25 million grant to fund a new Veterans
Upward Bound program for five years.
Upward Bound serves those who are low-income or the first in their families to
attend college. The grant allows for 135 participants and will provide free
counseling, mentoring, pre-college academic instruction, tutoring, and other
UT Arlington program launched this fall and is one of 51 nationwide to receive
the federal support.
are committed to helping our veterans, many of whom are fresh out of combat and
need extra support and confidence to achieve their educational goals,” said
Lisa Thompson, director of UT Arlington’s TRIO Pre-College Programs, which
developed the grant proposal along with the support of the University’s Student
Veteran Advisory Committee.
federal funding will also allow the new Veterans Upward Bound program to hire a
program coordinator, adviser and other staff and to recruit military veterans
from Dallas and Tarrant counties who want to pursue a college education.
Veterans Upward Bound specifically provides instruction in mathematics through pre-calculus,
laboratory science, foreign language, composition and literature. Projects also
may provide short-term remedial or refresher courses for veterans who are high
school graduates but have delayed pursuing post-secondary education.
addition to academic support, participants receive advice on scholarships,
grants and federal assistance for which they qualify.
Smith-Osborne, an associate professor of social work, helped found the Student
Veteran Advisory Committee and said the University worked for several years to
secure support for the Veterans Upward Bound program.
program will fill one of the gaps in services, which have challenged our
efforts to increase graduation rates for student veterans in the state with the
second highest veteran population in the nation,” Smith-Osborne said. “It will
specifically target and close the preparation gap for those who have not had
help or role models to help them prepare and attend college.”
added: “The program will also further our efforts to build a veteran-friendly
campus with evidence-based support services, telehealth initiatives, and
supported education intervention studies.”
more information, contact the UT Arlington Veterans Upward Bound Program at
817-272-9882, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.uta.edu/veteransub.
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