Westminster’s Center for Veteran and Military Services Awarded $32K Grant from Utah DVMS
Jun 12, 2017
SALT LAKE CITY—The Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs has awarded Westminster College a $32,000 grant to support its student veterans. The grant will be used to develop additional programming for women veterans and outreach to new students through the college’s Center for Veteran and Military Services (CVMS).
Since Westminster CVMS’s creation in 2015, the center and director have developed a strong reputation within the local veteran’s community.
“The veteran’s community has come to know the work we’re doing and our students’ stories over the past two years,” said Sylvia O’Hara, CVMS director and U.S. Army veteran. “Our dedication to student support and success has been recognized and rewarded with this grant, and we are grateful to have an opportunity to expand our support to our student vets.”
O’Hara plans to use the grant to create monthly socials for female veterans as well as partner with the National Ability Center to host an annual retreat for female veterans. She recently used the funds for a yoga fitness event with candy kabobs for students.
“Since many women do not seek out opportunities to meet fellow female veterans, I want to create fun and inviting platforms to build community for our women,” O’Hara added. “I plan to have a variety of events to encourage women veterans to seek out community and support. We are hiking this month, and will also seek out opportunities to serve philanthropic need within the local veteran and women community.”
The CVMS currently supports 130 military veterans and dependents, as well as 90 ROTC students. The center offers a variety of resources to its students, from G.I. Bill counseling to free mentoring and tutoring. It also provides a space for military students to build camaraderie and community, which has attracted more student-veterans to Westminster.
“The veteran community on campus is strong because we were intentional about building community and creating partnerships to further propel the success of students,” O’Hara said. “My presence in the veterans’ community at large works to build relationship and foster opportunities for my students.”
For more information on Westminster’s Center for Veteran and Military Services, visit westminstercollege.edu/veterans.