On November 18th, the Aurora Board of Directors approved two grants to fund faculty training programs at two new universities. These grants make Armstrong State University of Savannah, GA, and Austin Peay State University of Clarksville, TN the 19th and 20th grants awarded to higher education, respectively.
Phil Gore, the Military Education Coordinator at Armstrong State University, explained that the money would be used to support the Green Zone Program at Armstrong State University by helping to train even more faculty and staff. The school, which is home to over 1,100 students receiving VA benefits, is no stranger to Aurora. In 2014, GPB Media's Emily Jones interviewed Aurora's Director of Communications, Ms. Beth Miller-Herholtz, and noted that Armstrong State University was interested in the Green Zone Program (the interview can be heard here .) With the Aurora grant, the questions and topics raised in the radio interview over a year ago seem to come full circle for Armstrong State University.
Our 20th grant went to Austin Peay State University - the first Aurora grant to be awarded a grant in the state of Tennessee. The grant will also go towards the creation of a Green Zone, helping over 1,000 faculty and staff members learn how to best relate to the growing numbers of student veterans on campus, which makes up over 25% of the school's population.
On behalf of Tom DeWitt, Aurora's Chairman of the Board, congratulations to these two schools! We're looking forward to learning how Aurora dollars will impact the lives of student veterans on these campuses.