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Congressman Evan Jenkins

Representing the 3rd District of West Virginia


September 28, 2017
Press Release
Urged Education secretary to keep Davis & Elkins’ program funded

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that Davis & Elkins College has received much-needed federal funding to keep its Veterans Upward Bound program open. The college will receive $375,319 from the U.S. Department of Education.

Rep. Jenkins intervened on Davis & Elkins’ behalf with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, urging her to announce its grant recipients. The previous grant cycle ended on Aug. 31, and the delay resulted in operational delays and uncertainty for Davis & Elkins’ students and staff. Please click here to read Rep. Jenkins’ letter to Secretary DeVos.

“Officials from Davis & Elkins reached out to me for help when it became clear the Education Department would be late in notifying grant recipients. This delay in funding caused uncertainties for their staff and worry for their students. I appreciate that the Education Department recognized the good work Davis & Elkins is doing to help our veterans succeed in college. Thanks to this funding, more veterans will be able to transition successfully to civilian life and provide for their families,” Rep. Jenkins said.

“The support for Veterans Upward Bound from Congressman Jenkins has been critical in enabling us to continue to serve veterans throughout West Virginia. He hasn’t just advocated for our continued funding but for our very purpose of enabling veterans to further their education,” said Mark Rosencrance, director of the college’s Veterans Upward Bound program.

Davis & Elkins’ program helps 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.

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.