Park University awarded $100,000 Success For Veterans Award Grant The American Council on Education and the Wal-Mart Foundation awarded Park University a $100,000 Success for Veterans Award Grant in April. Park is one of 20 higher learning institutions — and the only one in the Midwest — awarded a portion of a total of $2 million in grants that recognize model programs advancing access to higher education for veterans and their families.
“We are honored to receive this grant that will provide a more comprehensive and smoother transition to college for veteran students,” said Michael H. Droge, Ph.D., Park president “Higher education is in a unique position to serve the men and women who have so bravely served our nation,” said Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education. “These grants will provide needed resources to expand and enhance the work already being done on these 20 campuses, and to support the dissemination of lessons learned to other institutions.” Park University recently launched a website dedicated to assisting veterans and current United States military personnel with their higher education pursuits. The new website, http://military.park.edu/, provides a one-stop shop for current military members and veterans to get information about degrees and online
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programs at Park, as well as the application and financial aid process. Park has a long history of serving those who have dedicated their lives to serving our country. In December 2008, Military Advanced Education named Park’s College for Distance Learning among its “Top 20 Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities” citing Park’s “innovative academic degree programs steeped in excellence.” “We appreciate the service and sacrifice of our nation’s military men and women and our veterans, and have historically worked to address some of the special unmet needs facing the military community,” said Margaret McKenna, president of the Wal-Mart Foundation. “The Wal-Mart Foundation is proud to support the American Council on Education, its colleges and universities, and many other programs that help our veterans get the resources they need to succeed in their education and their transition back to civilian life.” The American Council on Education received nearly 250 applications for Success for Veterans Award Grants. Thirty semi-finalists were selected and reviewed by a panel of judges comprised of retired college and university chancellors and presidents. Selection criteria included quality and sustainability of the existing programs and initiatives, as well as strategies for disseminating best practices to other institutions.
Published on Dec 14, 2009