VEOP (Vermont Educational Opportunity Programs) is our state’s professional organization that is actively interested in ensuring equal educational opportunity for Vermont’s college bound students. Our students are first generation college bound, from low to moderate income families and/or are individuals with disabilities.
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.