$10,000 Grant for New All American Veterans Center

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – April 24, 2014 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC), announced today that it is a recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Student Veterans of America (SVA) and The Home Depot Foundation through the VetCenter Initiative (VCI) partnership. Through the VCI, nearly 100 chapters applied for funds to construct veteran-specific resource centers on campuses across the country.

Recognized as an institutional best practice by Student Veterans of America and other prominent leaders in the veteran education space including the American Council on Education, resource centers have been shown to directly contribute to student veterans’ successful academic outcomes. In response to substantial demands for this resource, and as part of SVA’s continued advocacy of both peer and campus-based support, SVA partnered with The Home Depot Foundation to provide $100,000 to chapters in need of a place to call home on campus.

“Our mission at The Home Depot Foundation is to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home, and we know that for student veterans, having a comfortable home-like place to go on campus can make a significant difference in their success,” said Heather Pritchard, senior manager of The Home Depot Foundation.  Student veterans demonstrated their enterprising spirit through application submissions in the forms of various media, including photos and film.

“The quality effort demonstrated in these submissions speaks to student veterans’ commitment to their individual success and that of their peer community,” said SVA President and CEO, D. Wayne Robinson. “We look forward to seeing these projects develop, and to current and future generations of veterans benefiting from the solid foundation of progress laid by our chapters, their campuses, and our partners at The Home Depot Foundation.”

For more information, please contact Matt Thewes, FTCC Veterans Services Coordinator, at 910-273-7003 or thewes@faytechcc.edu.