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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 13 different Educational Opportunity Programs including one statewide GEAR UP program. Collectively, these federally funded programs serve 7,356 Vermonters and bring in almost $9 million dollars annually to the state. There are six Student Support Service programs spread throughout the state that serve more than 1,300 students. The four Upward Bound programs serve 300 students statewide. The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) hosts the Talent Search program working with almost 1,000 high school students, the statewide GEAR UP program working with more than 3,200 needy students, and the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), working with more than 1,500 adults.

Senator Bernie Sanders welcome to the Upward Bound Students!

Policy and Leahy

Tony Blueter, Johnson State College Upward Bound Director

Catherine McKeen, Southern Vermont College Student Support Services Director

Karen Madden, Johnson State College Student Support Services Director

Senator Patrick Leahy

Carrie Lacey, Castleton University Upward Bound Alum

Erica Fuller, Johnson State College Upward Bound Alum

Li Martin, Johnson State College Upward Bound Alum

Rick Williams, Lyndon State College Upward Bound Director