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Stone named director of Veterans Upward Bound program

Davy Stone of Bowling Green has been appointed as the new director for the Veterans Upward Bound program at WKU.

Prior to becoming director, Stone worked as a VUB instructor for 18 years. In his new position, Stone will oversee an annual operating budget of $280,000 and supervise four full-time staff members. He is the fourth person to serve as VUB’s director since the program came to WKU 21 years ago.

“Since he has already worked for VUB for almost 20 years, Davy is very well qualified for the job,” said VUB Coordinator/Counselor Rick Wright. “Davy is very knowledgeable about all aspects of VUB’s operations and his long-term experience will serve him well in this position.”

In December 2012, Veterans Upward Bound celebrated 20 years of providing free educational services to veterans in southcentral Kentucky. Since 1992, WKU’s Veterans Upward Bound program has served more than 2,400 student veterans. The program helped 139 veterans during the 2011-12 project year.

While some states have several VUB programs, including Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee with three each, WKU hosts the only Veterans Upward Bound program in Kentucky. In September 2012, WKU’s Veterans Upward Bound was approved for five more years of funding by the U.S. Department of Education.

VUB’s primary mission is to help veterans get admitted to college so they can get the education they need to have a good quality of life. Each student receives a full array of support services that include career counseling, academic advising, financial aid assistance, stipends and scholarships.

The program serves veterans who are low-income or first-generation college students and provides college prep classes in subjects like English, math and computer literacy.

Veterans Upward Bound alumni are enrolled at WKU, Bowling Green Technical College, Daymar College, University of Phoenix, Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tenn., Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa, and many other schools.

Contact: Rick Wright, (270) 745-5008.

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