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Del Mar College awards $1.3 million grant for veterans

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Del Mar College received some good news that will help area veterans. The school was recently awarded a $1.3 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education.  The grant will help our Coastal Bend military veterans start or continue pursuing a college education.

More than 39,000 veterans in Aransas, Kleberg, Nueces and San Patricio counties may be eligible for the Veterans Upward Bound Program.

The Veterans Upward Bound Program is designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other skills necessary for acceptance and success in college programs.

“It is a 5 year, 1.3 million dollar grant. Del Mar College is only one of 4 schools in the state of Texas to receive this grant,” said DMC Veterans Upward Bound Director Dion Krupa.

The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate at which veterans enroll in and complete college programs to earn degrees.

“The Veterans Upward Bound program will provide free classes, books, and supplies while a participant is in our program. And also, we can work one-on-one and provide academic advising, mentoring, and also discuss short and long term goals,” said Krupa,

 Del Mar College already has well-established Veteran Student Support programs to assist veterans and their dependents, so the staff is poised to begin serving additional veterans.

“We will assist with school applications, financial aid, or the GI Bill processes. Most of all, we can help you connect with other agencies that provide services to assist veterans in the area,” said Krupa,

Through the Veterans Upward Bound program, eligible veterans can receive free assistance with:

  • Preparedness and funding for college admission tests such as the Texas Success Initiative
  • Refresher classes in subjects like math, science, English, writing and foreign languages
  • College or university entrance applications
  • Applications for financial aid
  • Academic advice and mentoring services

To be eligible for the program, veterans must:

  • Have at least 180 days of active duty service or qualifying reserve time (certain exceptions apply)
  • Possess a discharge other than dishonorable
  • Meet at least one of the following criteria:
    • Meet federal low-income guidelines
    • Be a first-generation college student (neither parent completed a four-year degree)
    • Lack academic preparedness

Questions regarding criteria or eligibility should be directed to the VUB program office, which is located in Health Sciences Building 2, Room 206, on DMC’s West Campus at Old Brownsville and Airport roads.

For more information, call 361-698-2643/2642 or email Krupa at dkrupa@delmar.edu.

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