Boston, MA. – 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 Fisher College $10,000 for its veteran center on campus, as part of their Vet Center Initiative.
The newly formed Student Veteran Association was established at Fisher College during the end of the academic year. There are currently 16 members. The purpose of the organization is to provide student veterans with a source of support, advocacy, and camaraderie. The veteran center will offer the organization a place to meet, both as a group and socially. Construction is set to begin July 1 and will be completed by the end of this calendar year.
“As a designated Military Friendly School, we are very proud that Student Veterans of America and the Home Depot Foundation have recognized Fisher College and its student veterans in this way,” said Dr. Neil Trotta, Veterans Liaison for Fisher College. “Because our student veterans tend to be a little older than the traditional college student and have had some very significant life experiences, it’s important to provide them with a space where they fit in and feel comfortable.”
Student Veterans of America 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 a veteran center. 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.
About Student Veterans of America: SVA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit coalition of more than 1,300 student veteran chapters, representing over 540,000 veterans in higher education, across the country. SVA's mission is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy to ease veteran and active military students' transition into higher education and leverage military experience to launch successful careers in high-demand fields after graduation. For more information, visit us at www.studentveterans.org
About Fisher College: Fisher College is an accredited four-year college located in Boston’s historic Back Bay with instructional site locations in Boston, Brockton, New Bedford, and North Attleboro. Fisher provides affordable, real-world educations that prepare students to achieve their career goals and compete in today’s challenging economy. For over a century, Fisher has been changing lives by providing opportunities to students focused on the three most important aspects of a college experience: education, dedication, and life.