Focus on Graduation

The Aurora Foundation supports grant requests from colleges and universities across the USA.  By remaining focused on programs that help retention and graduation rates, we have touched more than 20,000 student veterans with initiatives like:

  • The Green Zone

Created in 2010 at Virginia Commonwealth University,  co-funded by Aurora and the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, The “Green Zone” is gaining national attention as an effective way to train faculty and staff on issues facing military students.  The goal of the Green Zone Program is to “develop a very visible network of faculty and staff in all schools/colleges and administrative units to whom these students could go to receive assistance.” All faculty volunteers are trained with basic knowledge about the issues facing military students. 

  • Veteran-only classes

Examples include the UNIV 300 course offered at George Mason University: The Veterans Research Group’s SERV (Supportive Education for the Returning Veteran) program creates veteran-only classes to help students acclimate to a college climate and is proud to work with The Aurora Foundation to help create the next ‘Great Generation’ of Americans.” Based on Dr. John Schupp's concepts.

  • Veteran-only orientations

Examples include the Summer Institute Program offered at Cape Fear Community College: This program begins the summer before fall semester and gives arriving military students a chance to get to the know school and faculty before the other students.  Students can also receive additional tutoring from professors who provide academic assistance and mentoring.

  • Web-based tools that assist with raising awareness

Examples include the Educational Positioning System at the University of North Carolina: The NC Military Educational Positioning System (EPS) is a series of interactive online modules that allow active-duty service members, veterans, reservists and National Guard and their family members to:

  • Choose the most appropriate higher education opportunity
  • Navigate admissions, enrollment, financial aid, and the credit transfer process
  • Understand the available military educational benefit option
  • Transition successfully from military culture to campus life
  • Access on-campus as well as community support services and resources
  • Achieve success in school and beyond and locate and utilize internship and job placement resources.