BB&T Donates to Aurora

From Left: BB&T Northern Virginia President Don Strehle, BB&T Senior Vice President John P. Salop, Aurora Board Member Jim Zumwalt, and Aurora President Tom DeWitt

From Left: BB&T Northern Virginia President Don Strehle, BB&T Senior Vice President John P. Salop, Aurora Board Member Jim Zumwalt, and Aurora President Tom DeWitt

The Aurora Foundation is pleased to be the recipient of a significant donation from BB&T.  The financial institution’s Northern Virginia President Don Strehle and Senior Vice President John P. Salop presented the check to Aurora’s President and Chairman, Tom DeWitt, and Board member James G. Zumwalt on August 21, 2012.

BB&T is headquartered in Winston Salem, North Carolina, which is where the Aurora Foundation is very active within the University of North Carolina system of higher education.  When BB&T learned of Aurora’s support for veterans on campus and how UNC was responding, they joined the team to help fund a new website called the Educational Positioning System (EPS).  The concept for the EPS was led by Dr. Sandie Gravett of Appalachian State University and Logan Cason of the University of North Carolina.  It is designed to help student veterans understand how to best use the G.I. Bill and determine which school(s) would be best suited to their career interests.  The grant from BB&T will also support funding internships for student veterans.

Aurora is grateful for the support from community leaders like BB&T.  During the discussions at the check presentation, it was clear that both organizations are committed to similar values, especially those that pertain to America’s veterans.  As the Foundation continues to partner with other community leaders, members of industry and government, and institutions of higher education, we will see increasing success of our military heroes on campus.  Ensuring that veteran students successfully complete their education with a degree or certification that prepares them for a new career is Aurora’s mission.  To donate to the Aurora Foundation, please go to:  https://aurora4vets.donortools.com/.