DYC Receives Award to Renovate Vet Center
D'Youville is one of only 50 institutions nationwide selected by The Home Depot Foundation.
Buffalo, New York – July 31, 2015 – D’Youville College received an award of approximately $10,000 from the Student Veterans of America (SVA) as part of a nationwide grant to 50 student veteran-led chapters from The Home Depot Foundation. The funds are to be used for building, renovation or improvement of on-campus veterans’ resource-center space.
Resource centers have been shown to directly contribute to student veterans’ successful academic outcomes according to the SVA and the American Council on Education.
“As thousands of military veterans return to college campuses this fall, eager to re-integrate into society and jump-start their college education, the promise of a dedicated space that they can call home on campus is important,” said D. Wayne Robinson, SVA President and CEO in making the announcement of the grants.
Benjamin L. Randle, Jr., director of the Veterans Affairs Office at D’Youville said the selection of the college veterans program was “testimony to the quality of our program, support of the college for veterans and dependents, and our efforts to make the D’Youville program one of the best in the U.S.”
The grant funds will be used for renovation of the D’Youville veteran’s space at the college including a computer room, counseling offices and a lounge, according to Randle. Work is expected to be completed by December.
“We’re excited to partner with SVA once again to improve student resource centers on campuses across the country so that student veterans will have access to the services and support they need to focus on their education and make a smooth transition to their civilian lives,” said Gaven Gregory, Executive Director of The Home Depot Foundation.
Chapters are selected for the grant based on a creative application process during which they showcase the specific needs of their space.
D’Youville established its veterans program in 2009 and today has more than 500 veterans and dependents enrolled.
Director, Veterans Affairs Office