Trio Programs

Veterans Upward Bound

The primary goal of Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is to increase the rate at which participants enroll and complete post-secondary education programs. We are designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a program of post-secondary education. We provide assessment and the enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring, and academic instruction in the core subject areas. We are required to actively serve 125 participants at a minimum.  Despite being housed on Henderson State University’s campus, VUB is a college-neutral program funded to provide aspiring, eligible veterans the tools to achieve their post-secondary education goals. 

Coverage Area

Our coverage area consists of 30 counties in the southern half of Arkansas, with a total outreach potential of nearly 50,000 veterans. These counties include Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Clark, Columbia, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Garland, Hempstead, Grant, Hot Spring, Howard, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lincoln, Little River, Miller, Montgomery, Nevada, Ouachita, Phillips, Pike, Polk, Scott, Sevier, and Union.


We assist both currently serving soldiers and soldiers who previously served.

  • Basic skills development to help gain admission to and succeed in college education programs
  • Online short-term remedial tutoring
  • Assistance with applying to the college or university of your choice
  • Academic advice and assistance
  • Career exploration
  • Assistance in college preparation including veteran specific financial aid information
  • Academic, financial, and personal counseling
  • Tutorial services and study skills development
  • Mentoring programs
  • Exposure to academic programs, college visits/trade schools, and cultural events
  • Assistance with resumes and internships
  • Education entrance exams waived (i.e. Praxis, ACT, Accuplacer)
  • Veterans lounge and computer lab access with free printing and copying
  • Assistance with applying for State and Federal Veteran financial aid (NGTW, FTA, GI Bill)
  • Veteran readiness and employment


  • Must be low-income, first-generation college student, OR at academic risk
  • Must live and/or drill in our coverage area, but may attend school at any University, trade school or community college in the United States
  • Can be enrolled in college OR planning to enroll
  • Active duty in U.S. Armed Forces for more than 180 days and received other than a dishonorable discharge
  • Discharged because of a service-connected disability
  • Member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces called to active duty for a period of more than 30 days (IDAT satisfies this requirement)
  • Member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces who served on active duty in support of a contingency operation on or after September 11, 2001

Location & Contact

Evans Hall - Offices 111 A-D
518 N. 12th Street, Arkadelphia, AR 71923
P.O. Box 7503, Arkadelphia, AR 71999

Computer Lounge
Evans Hall 112

Shane Huneycutt

Assistant Education Specialist Coordinator
Adrienne Shuffield

Education Specialist Coordinator
Terra Burson

Education Specialist Coordinator
Davanta McCoy