Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

OSU-OKC Student Veterans Awarded $10,000 for New Resource Center

Part of Nationwide Vet Center Initiative by Student Veterans of America and The Home Depot Foundation to Support Veteran Centers on College Campuses

 

(June 20, 2016, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) – Walking onto a college campus after leaving the military can be a disorienting experience for student veterans. That’s why The Home Depot Foundation and Student Veterans of America (SVA) are awarding the SVA chapter at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) $10,000 for its veteran resource center on campus, as part of their Vet Center Initiative.

 

OSU-OKC currently enrolls nearly 400 student veterans a semester, and ranks in the top 20% of military-friendly colleges in the nation (militaryfriendlyschools.com). The university is dedicated to assisting student veterans throughout their educational journey.

 

“The current space was not originally built to accommodate the large number of veterans on campus, and can only provide a basic level of services due to its size and limited visibility,” said Sam Snow, OSU-OKC Veterans’ Services coordinator. “Funding from the Vet Center Initiative will renovate the current office to create a new veterans center – offering an inviting atmosphere for veterans to receive assistance with their benefits, gain access to support services specifically designed for veterans, and build social support networks to motivate each other to stay in college.”

 

SVA and The Home Depot Foundation teamed up in 2014 to launch the Vet Center Initiative, offering SVA chapters a chance to compete for up to $10,000 in grant money to build or renovate veteran centers. By 2015, 61 campuses earned $500,000 to build or rehabilitate veteran centers that benefit more than 30,000 student veterans. This year, 50 campus communities were awarded grants of up to $10,000.

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