U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Rep. Chellie Pingree have announced that the University of Southern Maine’s Veterans Upward Bound program has been awarded $275,155 from the U.S. Department of Education.
“USM’s Veterans Upward Bound program is the only one of its kind in the State of Maine, and one of two such programs in New England. Since being awarded funds, USM has been working diligently to recruit veterans for the program,” said Sens. Collins and King and Rep. Pingree in an Oct. 2 joint statement. “We are pleased that this essential program that gives veterans the resources and support they need to succeed in postsecondary education will continue to be offered across Maine.”
“The TRIO Veterans Upward Bound grant is so important to supporting the college aspirations of veterans across Maine,” said USM President Glenn Cummings. “I want to thank Senators Collins and King and Representative Pingree for their successful effort to ensure this essential grant for Maine veterans continues.”
Last month, Sens. Collins and King and Rep. Pingree sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education in support of USM’s grant application.
USM's Veterans Upward Bound program serves low-income, first-generation veterans from across the State of Maine. Of Maine’s 119,058 veterans, 7,954 are low-income and 89,179 do not have a bachelor’s degree and are highly likely to be potential first-generation college students. The program provides assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring, and academic instruction in the core subject areas.