Wilkes University’s Veterans Council Awarded $10,000 VetCenter Initiative Grant
Wilkes University’s Veterans Council has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the VetCenter
Initiative grant program, a partnership between Student Veterans of America (SVA)
and The Home Depot Foundation to renovate a center for veterans on campus. A space
in Conyngham Hall has been designated as a veteran resource center, and will serve
as a focal point for veteran’s activities on campus.
Student Veterans of America chapters across the country competed for this award, with the fifty best plans receiving grants to turn these plans into reality.
Since 2008, Student Veterans of America (SVA) has helped those returning from military service obtain the resources, support and advocacy needed to achieve success in higher education and after graduation.
Wilkes University Veterans Council President Kellie Pelko said, “This grant means a lot for our club. To receive it is an honor and confirmation that all our hard work paid off last semester. In short, this grant means a future for our club. It means we can grow and reach more veterans that need help. Our club worked hard to get this grant because we know it will draw people to our cause. It will give veterans on campus a place to relax and feel safe.”
Retired Col. Mark Kaster, Wilkes’ veterans outreach coordinator, says the award affirms the University’s commitment to veterans. “Wilkes creates a culture that connects our students to veterans and our veterans to students,” Kaster said.
Wilkes has previously been honored for its work with veterans by earning the Military Friendly Schools designation five times. The recognition, presented to 15 percent of all colleges and universities, honors those schools doing the most to make campuses a welcoming place for veterans returning to school. The award is presented by GI Jobs magazine.
The Wilkes University Veterans Council is open to all students wishing to become involved with assisting and raising awareness about the University’s growing veteran community. All are welcome, veterans or students who wants to pass on the good deeds that our military has done.