Upward Bound Project
University of Massachusetts Veterans Upward Bound Project provides men
and women who served in the United States Armed Forces opportunities to
acquire the skills and motivation necessary for their pursuit of
post-secondary education. The project selects 120 veterans who live
within commuting distance of UMass Boston to either participate in an
on-going program of preparation for passing the GED examination or in
one of the three 14-week class sessions which constitute programs
leading to college enrollment, known as cycles. Cycles run September
through December, January through April and May through August. Upon
their selection, participants in the GED Program attend classes or
receive tutorials as necessary for the passing of the GED examination.
Participants who have a high school diploma or GED enroll in one of the
three cycles to undergo a comprehensive orientation and to take classes
in mathematics, science, Spanish, social studies, service learning, and
composition and literature. These participants also learn to use
personal computers and attend seminars covering topics leading to their
development of individual plans for accomplishing educational, career
and personal goals. Cycle participants also receive modest stipends
monthly to help them meet incidental costs such as transportation. The
program provides to all participants all textbooks and all school
supplies, to include rulers, calculators, pencils, pens and notebook
paper. All participants are authorized to use all of the University’s
facilities, including its gymnasium, library, classrooms and
laboratories upon presentation of an identification card issued through
the project. All services are free to participants.
Benefits and Accomplishments: UMass Boston Veterans Upward Bound Project is an integral and very visible component of a multi-service veterans support network in the Boston area. It participates in a cross-referral process that allows for meeting a variety of needs any veteran seeking self-fulfillment and improvement may have. The projects outreach is one of many of the University’s efforts to serve its surrounding community.
Eligibility: Applications are accepted throughout the year. All applicants must be veterans. Applicants are further qualified on the basis of income, parents’ educational attainment (Did the applicant’s mother or father graduate from a four-year college or university?) and academic need.
Contact: To schedule a personal interview to obtain additional Information and to complete an application, please call or visit the project office between the hours of 8:3O a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The office is located in room 704, on the third floor of McCormack Hall on the UMass Boston campus. The telephone number is (617) 287-5870.
The University of Massachusetts Veterans Upward Bound Project operates on monies received from two sources: The U.S. Department of Education provides to the project a grant of $310,118, constituting 81% of its total budget of $382,118. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides to the project $72,000, which constitutes the remaining 19% of its total budget.