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UT Arlington gets federal grant for new VUB program

Thursday, November 8, 2012

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Media Contact: Bridget Lewis

The 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.

Veterans 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 support.

The UT Arlington program launched this fall and is one of 51 nationwide to receive the federal support.

“We 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.   

The 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.

The 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.

In addition to academic support, participants receive advice on scholarships, grants and federal assistance for which they qualify.

Alexa 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.

“This 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.”

She 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.”

For more information, contact the UT Arlington Veterans Upward Bound Program at 817-272-9882, email or visit

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