The University of Southern Maine’s Veterans Upward Bound program will serve 125 low-income, first-generation veterans per year 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. Veterans may apply to attend the college of their choice.
TRIO Veterans Upward Bound will provide vital assistance to low-income veterans seeking to become first-generation college students, including the resources and support necessary to apply, enroll and succeed in postsecondary education. College-bound veterans will receive intensive year-round support, academic tutoring, VUB advising, preparation for college entrance exams, information on federal student financial aid programs, assistance in completing financial aid applications, guidance on entry into post-secondary education, educational and counseling services to improve financial and economic literacy, and intensive basic academic skills development; as well as general college readiness, study skills, career development, and personal and leadership growth.
"At the University of Southern Maine, we have nearly 350 student veterans — the highest number of any college or university in Maine — and we’ve made it our mission to help them achieve and excel in their academic goals,” said Dr. Glenn Cummings, President of USM. “I am pleased that our University's TRIO Program has been selected for this grant that will help 125 veterans each year to prepare them for higher education — it’s a life-changer, and we’re proud to be supporting and giving back to those who have given the highest level of sacrifice to our nation.”
If you are interested in learning more about VUB, please fill out an interest form. You can refer a veteran to our program by using the same form.