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Veterans Upward Bound supports veterans with their educational, career goals

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An introduction to Veterans Upward Bound, a program supporting veterans with their educational and/or career goals.
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Veterans helping veterans /Courtesy of Veterans Upward Bound

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VUB Director, Tim Marroquin, helping a student veteran.

VUB Director, Tim Marroquin, helping a student veteran. /Courtesy of Veterans Upward Bound

Did you know that there is a program in Grand Rapids that directly supports veterans’ success with the pursuit of postsecondary education? It’s called Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) and it’s located in Grand Valley State University’s L.V. Eberhard Center on the 7th floor. VUB provides an academic skill building program that is coupled with individualized attention and a flexible teaching and tutoring schedule. The goal is to provide the necessary academic support to veterans to enroll in postsecondary education (degree or vocational/technical programs) at any institution.

“We believe in a holistic approach to serving students. As such, it is the collaboration between staff, institutional and community partners, as well as veterans and veteran organizations in working to support student success,” says Tim Marroquin, Director of VUB.

Veterans Upward Bound provides veterans with great benefits and services. These include: college and career advising assistance, tutoring, mentoring, and referral to veteran services agencies. There are also workshops available on financial aid, admissions, financial literacy, scholarships, and others. There is also a monthly stipend for veterans. Click here for more information on what to expect.

In order to be eligible for the program, a veteran must have completed 180 days of service (discharged after 01/31/55), have a discharge other than dishonorable, and must not have completed a bachelor’s degree. A veteran must also reside in Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa, or Allegan County.

“We hope you will take time to learn more about the program, as well as promoting VUB to those that would benefit from its services. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on how you too can be a part of the mission,” says Tim Marroquin.

For more information on Veterans Upward Bound and how they are supporting veterans with their educational and/or career goals, visit or call 616-331-VETS (8387) or visit in person at 708 L.V. Eberhard Center 301 Fulton St. West Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

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