Veterans Upward Bound

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a federally funded program by the U.S. Department of Education, designed to motivate and assist targeted veterans that are first generation, low income or at a high risk for academic failure in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and/or success in a program of post-secondary education. The program provides assessment and enhancement of basic skills through advising, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas. The program works to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and complete post-secondary education programs. We serve veterans from Bradley, Clark, Columbia, Drew, Dallas, Garland, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Jefferson, Miller, Nevada, Ouachita, Pike, Polk, Sevier and Union counties.

Eligibility requirements

  • Must be a U.S. Veteran having served at least 180 days of active duty in the U.S. military service and discharged under conditions other than dishonorable; was a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces called to active duty for a period of more than 30 days; or was a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces who served on active duty in support of a contingency operation on or after Sept. 11, 2001.
  • Must meet requirement of being low income (based on family income and number of dependents) and/or first generation (neither parent has earned a four-year degree).
  • Must show evidence of academic need.


  • Education and advising 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, and personal advising
  • Tutorial services and study skill development
  • Mentoring
  • Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications
  • Information on the full range of federal student financial aid programs and military benefits


Shawna McKenzie, Assistant Director
Veterans Upward Bound
Henderson State University 
1100 Henderson St.
HSU Box 7503 
Arkadelphia, AR 71999

Physical location:
1020 Hickory Street
Arkadelphia, AR 71923

870-230-5708 (Fax)


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