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Congressman Evan Jenkins

Representing the 3rd District of West Virginia

REP. JENKINS ASKS DOE TO RENEW WV VETERANS UPWARD BOUND PROGRAM

September 12, 2017
Press Release
Program in limbo after funding runs out, Education Department delays

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has asked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to renew Davis & Elkins College’s Veterans Upward Bound program funding.

Davis & Elkins’ program is the only program of its kind in West Virginia, helping veterans in 38 West Virginia counties enter and complete post-secondary education. Upward Bound helps low-income and first-generation college students succeed by providing tutoring, counseling, support services and work-study programs.

According to the school, at least 163 veterans are served every year through its Veterans Upward Bound program.

Davis & Elkins is waiting on the U.S. Department of Education to announce its grant recipients, as the previous grant cycle ended on Aug. 31. The delay in finding out if they would receive a grant for the next year is resulting in operational delays and uncertainty for Davis & Elkins’ students and staff.

“I am urging you to please consider the program’s renewal for funding in a timely manner so that it can continue to provide its essential services to West Virginia veterans. Our country owes our veterans a debt that can never be repaid, and we must ensure that they can return to school once they return home so that they can better provide for their families,” Rep. Jenkins wrote.

The Davis & Elkins issue comes on the heels of denied Upward Bound and McNair Scholars applications from West Virginia University and West Virginia State University. The Education Department denied the applications due to minor clerical errors, and Rep. Jenkins has asked Secretary DeVos to reconsider their applications.

Please click here for a PDF of the letter. The text is also below.

Sept. 11, 2017

Secretary Betsy DeVos
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-3100

Dear Secretary DeVos:

I am writing to strongly encourage you to consider Davis & Elkins College’s application for renewal of its Veterans Upward Bound program.

Based in Elkins, West Virginia, the college’s Veterans Upward Bound program is the only of its kind in West Virginia, assisting thousands of service men and women with a proven record of success on an annual basis since 1990. I am urging you to please consider the program’s renewal for funding in a timely manner so that it can continue to provide its essential services to West Virginia veterans. Our country owes our veterans a debt that can never be repaid, and we must ensure that they can return to school once they return home so that they can better provide for their families.

I appreciate your immediate attention to this important issue and urge you to remember the veterans affected by your department’s decision and look forward to continuing to work together to enhance education opportunities for our nation’s students.

Sincerely,                                          

Evan H. Jenkins     
Member of Congress