SUNY Cobleskill Awarded $10,000 Grant For Student Veterans Center

For the second year, Student Veterans of America (SVA), in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, fund veteran resource centers on college campuses across the country.

Cobleskill, New York – The Student Veteran’s Association at SUNY Cobleskill has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the VetCenter Initiative grant program, a partnership between the Student Veterans of America (SVA) and the Home Depot Foundation, to enhance the College’s existing Student Veteran Resource Center.

Since 2008, Student Veterans of America has helped those returning from military service obtain the resources, support and advocacy to achieve success in higher education and after graduation. The VetCenter Initiative grant program, a collaborative project with The Home Depot, offers grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 to chapters for the purpose of renovating – or building – a veteran resource center on their campus. The Student Veteran’s Association at SUNY Cobleskill completed the competitive application process against thousands of qualified candidates and was selected to receive the maximum amount rewarded. SUNY Cobleskill SVA members spoke of the significance of their resource center and receiving additional funds from the VetCenter Initiative grant program in an informative video, included in support of their application. To view this video, press play below or check out the SUNY Cobleskill YouTube page, here.

Formed in 2011 and formally recognized by the SVA in 2012, the Student Veteran’s Association at SUNY Cobleskill is a nonprofit organization established to increase access for student veterans into SUNY Cobleskill while providing them with the necessary guidance, mentoring and array of student centered services, programs, and community support that will assist with their transition and ensure their academic and personal success within the college community.

With the money provided by the VetCenter Initiative grant, the Student Veteran’s Association at SUNY Cobleskill will upgrade parts of the center’s structure, furnishings, and decorations. The organization 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.”

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To read more about what the SUNY system as whole is doing to support veterans, check out the SUNY Big Ideas blog post featuring SUNY Cobleskill’s SVA!