Upward Bound for Veterans & High School Students


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Juarez receives New England Educational Opportunity Association Rising Star Award

TRIO Upward Bound at the University of Southern Maine has announced that Doris Juarez is the recipient of the New England Educational Opportunity Association (NEOA) Rising Star Award. Juarez, an Upward Bound alumna from Deering High School in Portland, Maine, was recognized at the New England Educational Opportunity Association’s Annual Conference on Thursday, April 8, 2021.
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TRIO doubles federal funding with new grant to help STEM students

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded more than $2.6 million to USM’s TRIO program to augment its work with students who have a low income, a disability or are the first in their families to attend college. The just-announced funding — arriving in two, five-year grants — expands TRIO advising to target students pursuing fields in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The new funding, $1.3 million, allows TRIO to advise 120 STEM students.
Joe and Sheri Boulos

USM receives $500k “Veterans Day Gift” to establish Boulos Veterans Promise Completion Scholarship

The new Boulos Veterans Promise Completion Scholarship Fund will provide critical financial support to help veterans complete a degree at USM. It will also help fund a graduate assistantship for a veteran to work with the Promise Scholarship program in supplementing career and other support services provided by USM’s Office of Veterans Services.
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First-year student featured on 'Maine Calling' program discussing college readiness

First-year USM student Sabrina Freeman student was featured in a Maine Public broadcast discussing college readiness among Maine students.

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Joe is once again spreading the word about The University of Southern Maine’s Veterans Upward Bound
Stephen White

WCSH6 features USM student veterans helping their peers

USM student veteran Stephen White, who co-created the Maine Veterans Alliance - Husky Chapter, was recently featured on News Center Maine (WCSH6) for his role in helping veterans transition back to daily life after the service.
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Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts discusses leadership, courage at USM

SSgt. Ryan Pitts, who in 2014 received the Medal of Honor for his courage during the war in Afghanistan, speaks to a crowd of both veterans and civilians about leadership, courage and his time in the Armed Forces.
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Senators Collins, King, and Rep. Pingree announce nearly $300,000 for USM Veterans Upward Bound 

The funding will serve Maine veterans statewide, providing them with resources and support necessary to succeed in postsecondary education.
Veterans Upward Bound coordinator Aaron Dombroski

Veterans Upward Bound program at USM featured on "207"

WCSH6 news show "207" featured the Veterans Upward Bound program located at University of Southern Maine. The only such program in Maine, provides veterans with the training and assistance to transition from the military (whether recent or past service) into obtaining a college degree at the institution of their choice.
USM Update November 2017

Replay: 'The USM Update' November 6, 2017

In the November 2017 episode of "The USM Update," USM President Glenn Cummings welcomes guests to talk about USM's School of Music, the University's 2nd annual Day of Giving campaign and USM's TRIO programs.