VEOP (Vermont Educational Opportunity Programs) provides professionals working in educational opportunity programs a chance to enhance their professional skills, improve program effectiveness, and gain support for effectively delivering services to students. The organization brings together Vermont and New York program personnel who provide students with access and success in education at all levels, with the ultimate goal being completion of a program of post secondary education. VEOP is particularly concerned with those students, who because of socioeconomic status, ethnic background, physical challenges and other obstacles to achieving their academic potential, find themselves in a position of disadvantage with respect to traditional students.
Vermont currently has 14 different Educational Opportunity Programs including one statewide GEAR UP program. Collectively, these federally funded programs serve 11,875 Vermonters and bring in?almost?$9 million dollars annually to the state. There are seven Student Support Service programs spread throughout the state that serve almost 1,500 students. The four Upward Bound programs serve 300 students statewide. The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) hosts the Talent Search program working with 1,000 high school students, the statewide GEAR UP program working with more than 7,500 needy students, and the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), working with more than 1,500 adults. Additionally, the University of Vermont has a Ronald McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement grant.