Georgetown University began its “VET Ally” Program with the help of Aurora’s $5,000 grant. Working with Mr. Paul DeLeon since October, Aurora was pleased to award the grant that will help train faculty and staff on student veteran issues. This grant, a part of the “Green Zone” family, trained 69 people at its initial kick-off. David Shearman, the Veterans’ Office Coordinator at Georgetown University, hopes to train many more. “We’re excited for the turn-out we had, and we’re hoping this program will only gain momentum throughout the year.” Noting the proximity to the Pentagon and several other military station points, Shearman explained that Georgetown has many student veterans on its campus, especially those coming back to receive a graduate degree.
Paul DeLeon is one such individual. He is currently completing an assignment with the Army in which he’ll receive his Masters from Georgetown and return to West Point to teach for another few years. Paul has been an instrumental help in Georgetown receiving this grant, and has been able to volunteer his time with David in the campus’ veteran office.
At the end of the training session, Tom DeWitt, Aurora’s President and Founder, presented Mr. Shearman with a certificate honoring Georgetown and their efforts to reach student veterans. Aurora is proud to support the VET Ally Program and looks forward to continually supporting efforts at Georgetown University to help student veterans successfully graduate and enter the workforce.
In support of Aurora’s mission to enable student veterans to successfully graduate from college and enter the workforce, Aurora offers grants to higher education institutions to support the student veteran population. Aurora has given grants for faculty training and awareness of veterans issues, one-stop shop resources for veterans on campus, veteran-only curriculum, peer-to-peer mentorship, and other needs identified by schools. The Foundation also assists student veterans with the identification of full-time, paid internship opportunities in various fields and industries. Student veterans have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in their areas of interest and gain insight into the civilian workforce. To date, the Aurora Foundation has graduated interns in a variety of industries including National Security, Finance/Banking, Law, IT, and Marketing. To learn how you can apply for a grant, an internship or to sponsor one of our student veterans, please contact Ellen Hembree, at info@Aurora4vets.org.