SUNY is committed to supporting and aiding the success of all students – including student veterans. Support from campus veteran service offices helps our veterans use their skills and experiences to achieve new success in higher education.
Most recently, SUNY Cobleskill was awarded a $10,000 grant to enhance the school’s existing Student Veteran Resource Center. The grant comes from the VetCenter Initiative grant program, a partnership between the Student Veterans of America and the Home Depot Foundation that offers grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 to renovate or build a veteran resource center on campus. After completing a competitive application process against thousands of qualified candidates, the Student Veteran’s Association (SVA) at SUNY Cobleskill was selected to receive the maximum amount rewarded.
Formed in 2011, the SUNY Cobleskill SVA is a nonprofit organization established to increase access to SUNY Cobleskill for student veterans. It provides a range of student services, programs, and community support to assist student veterans with their transition and ensure their academic and personal success within the college community. With the $10,000 grant, the organization will upgrade parts of the center’s structure, furnishings, and decorations. It also aims to allocate some of the funds to establish additional resources for students.
Matthew LaLonde, Director of Judicial and Veteran Affairs at SUNY Cobleskill, said, “I am very proud of our SUNY Cobleskill Student Veteran Association; it is amazing how far we have come in such a short period of time. They SVA worked hard to help create a competitive grant application, and it is impressive that we are just one of two SUNY schools to be awarded the grant.”
In this video, SUNY Cobleskill SVA members speak about the significance of their resource center and receiving additional funds from the VetCenter Initiative grant program:
The Oneonta Daily Star covered the award in an article titled On the Bright Side: SUNY Cobleskill earns grant for veterans center.
However, SUNY Cobleskill is not the only SUNY school that offers support to student veterans. SUNY Delhi was also a recipient of a Vet Center Initiative grant like Cobleskill. Below are a few more examples of the many veteran support initiatives throughout the SUNY system being brought to students.
To learn more about veteran student services throughout New York and SUNY, visit the Military and Veteran Students section at suny.edu.
Serah was a social media intern in the SUNY Office of New Media, having graduated from the University at Albany with Business Administration degree with concentrations in marketing and finance and minors in economics and communications.