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Veteran and Military Student Center receives $10,000 from Bank of America

Grant will support programming and outreach for veteran students.

By Adam Million

September 5, 2017

(l-r) Lauren Sullivan, manager of MSU Denver
(l-r) Lauren Sullivan, manager of MSU Denver's Veteran and Military Student Center; Janine Davidson, president of MSU Denver; Jodi Rolland, president of Colorado state and Denver market, Bank of America; and Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod, senior vice president of community engagement, Bank of America.

The Veteran and Military Student Center rang in the new academic year last week at its annual open house event Aug. 23 and celebrated a recent $10,000 grant from Bank of America. Over 85 people – including students, alumni, faculty, staff and community partners – attended.

The grant signals a new partnership with Bank of America, which is committed to creating pathways to economic progress by helping to increase access to education and employment opportunities for veterans. Bank of America’s investment in the Veteran and Military Student Center will support increased programming and outreach for veteran students, including a new peer-to-peer mentoring program designed to ensure their success in the classroom and beyond.

President Janine Davidson addressed a standing-room-only crowd of students and alumni as fellow veterans first and then as president of the university, encouraging them to share their experiences and expertise with those on campus and across the community.

“As a veteran, I know that MSU Denver is one of the most veteran-friendly universities within Colorado. It’s diverse, workforce-oriented, and we do everything we can to help veterans succeed,” Davidson said. “The commitment of Bank of America to our veteran student programs supports what we do and tells them how much we appreciate their service to our country.”

Bank of America’s Colorado President Jodi Rolland spoke about the bank’s commitment to hire veterans and support economic mobility by investing in educational opportunities. She said the company employs 6,000 veterans and is committed to hiring 10,000 more over the coming years.

This partnership is just another example of how MSU Denver and public partners are collaborating to create unique opportunities for students to access education and receive the skills and support necessary to succeed after graduation. Thanks to Bank of America’s support, the more than 1,600 veterans enrolled at the University will have increased access to programs that take into consideration their unique situations and empower them as valued members of the student body.

Veteran & Military Student Services Fall 2017 Open House from MSU Denver Alumni Relations on Vimeo.

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