U.S. Department of Education: Veterans Upward Bound ProgramDeadline: June 21, 2017
The Veterans Upward Bound Program is one of the seven programs known as the Federal TRIO Programs. Veterans Upward Bound supports projects designed to prepare, motivate, and assist military veterans in the development of academic and other skills necessary for acceptance into and success in a program of postsecondary education. The program provides assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs.
All Veterans Upward Bound projects must provide instruction in mathematics through pre-calculus, laboratory science, foreign language, composition, and literature. Projects may also provide short-term remedial or refresher courses for veterans who are high school graduates but have delayed pursuing postsecondary education. Projects are also expected to assist veterans in securing support services from other locally available resources such as the Veterans Administration, state veterans agencies, veteran associations, and other state and local agencies that serve veterans. Other services include:
- Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants
- Instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and other subjects necessary for success in education beyond high school
- Academic, financial, or personal counseling
- Tutorial services
- Mentoring programs
- Information on postsecondary education opportunities
- Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications
- Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
- Information on the full range of Federal Student financial aid programs and benefits
- Guidance and assistance in alternative education programs for secondary school dropouts that lead to receipt of a regular secondary school diploma, entry into general education development (GED) programs or postsecondary education
Amount: A total of $14,220,358 is expected to be available to make 49 awards ranging from $257,500–$558,804. The average award size is expected to be $288,842. The project period is up to 60 months.
- For an applicant that is not currently receiving a grant, the maximum award amount is $257,500 and the minimum number of participants is 125.
- For an applicant that is currently receiving a grant, the maximum award amount is an amount equal to the applicant’s base award amount for FY 2016 and the minimum number of participants is the number of participants served in FY 2016
Eligibility: Institutions of higher education; public or private agencies or organizations, including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth; secondary schools; and combinations of institutions, agencies, and organizations, and secondary schools.