Congressman Fattah Announces $358,696 Grant to Penn for Veterans Upward Bound Program

Sep 05, 2012, 13:03 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) announces that the University of Pennsylvania will receive $358,696 under the Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program to assist military veterans from low-income or nontraditional backgrounds to enter and succeed at higher education.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Education will allow Penn to continue its work with veterans for the 34th year, the only Ivy League school to host the TRIO Veterans Upward Bound program. The grant is for one year, with an expectation that the program will be extended to a total of five years, Fattah said.

"Our veterans deserve more than our thanks. They must have every opportunity to succeed in civilian life, and success begins with a good education," Fattah said. "Veterans Upward Bound is an important step toward that goal, and one of our finest institutions in Philadelphia stands on the front lines with that support.

"Veterans Upward Bound is a smart program, designed especially for those veterans who are potential first-generation college students, low-income individuals and those who need extra help to succeed at challenging academic work," Fattah said.

"The Department of Education will be working with the Veterans Administration, state veterans' agencies and other service providers to make sure we keep our promises to the men and women who have served our nation," Fattah said. "I am pleased to be championing the effort to put our Philadelphia-area veterans through school and on to the workforce," Fattah said.

Diane Sandefur, Penn's Director of TRIO Veterans Upward Bound, said the program has just celebrated its 33rd commencement and has expanded by one-third. "It is a true honor to be serving under-represented veterans throughout the region and to have Congressman Fattah's continual support for TRIO Programs," Sandefur said. 

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah