University Receives Grant to Prepare Veterans for College

9/24/2009

Suffolk University has been awarded a Veterans Upward Bound grant of $1 million over the next four years from the U.S. Department of Education to help qualified military veterans develop the necessary skills to enroll and succeed in postsecondary education.

The University is one of seven colleges nationally to receive the federal grant this year.

Suffolk University’s Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program will offer free services to 120 low-income veterans from the Metropolitan Boston area who are the first in their families to pursue a college education.

Veterans at Suffolk University will receive assessment counseling and an individualized education plan. They will take courses in mathematics, laboratory science, composition and literature, and foreign language.  Veterans may participate in study skills, tutoring, academic and personal counseling, financial aid planning, college application seminars, and cultural events.

"Suffolk University is proud to be the recipient of the Veterans Upward Bound grant,” said University President David J. Sargent.  “We are deeply grateful for the service veterans have given to this country. We also understand that many veterans have a critical need for educational services as they seek to improve their lives.”

The Suffolk University Veterans Upward Bound program is one of two in New England; there are fewer than 50 such programs nationwide.  

Suffolk University will begin accepting applications for the VUB program in November.

“We are excited about receiving the Veterans Upward Bound grant and adding this invaluable program to our TRIO family at Suffolk,” said Keren Zuniga McDowell, director of Suffolk University’s Office of Academic Access and Opportunity. 

The Veterans Upward Bound Program is  funded through the U.S. Department of Education as a part of the TRIO grant programs, which are designed to increase the rate of enrollment in and completion of postsecondary education programs. Suffolk University also participates in the traditional Upward Bound program and in the McNair Scholars Program, which prepares participants from disadvantaged backgrounds for doctoral studies.

Suffolk University also participates in the Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program offering veterans up to $20,000 in grant money annually while they pursue a degree at the University.

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