On October 27th, the Aurora Board of Directors approved two grants: the first to fund a student peer advisor program at MVCC and the second to continue our tradition of supporting Green Zone Programs at West Virginia University. The Aurora Foundation has provided over 25 grants to Universities nationwide to support veteran student retention in schools and to assist post-graduation employment via paid internships.
Ms. Cynthia Roth of the West Virginia University Foundation, explained that the money would be used to support the Green Zone Program at West Virginia University by preparing faculty and staff to better serve student veterans on campus through dialogue and community building sessions. Each session combines the descriptions of existing research on signature wounds like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury with student-veteran stories of their own experiences. Through this dialogue, faculty and staff gain insight into the issues involving veteran-student retention.
The MVCC grant will be used to implement the Peer Mentoring for College Transition (PMCT) program to support student veterans at the beginning of their academic journey. “We expect the PMCT Pilot to have a significant positive impact on veteran student outcomes that will support the college’s continuation of the program”, Dr. Jenkins, Dean of Student success stated. The peer advising program will address the academic and social needs of participants through tutoring and mentoring initiatives. Veterans-only tutoring will address low completion rates among first year student veterans while the mentor-ship component of the program will respond to the social isolation that new student veterans often feel on campus.
Tom DeWitt, Aurora's Chairman of the Board, passed along his congratulations to these two schools. “I am extremely pleased with the grant applications we’ve received from schools across the country. There is incredible work being done on campuses to help our student Veterans graduate and transition into the workforce. We at Aurora are proud to support these efforts!”