UW-Superior Foundation receives $25,000 grant for Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center
The University of Wisconsin-Superior Foundation was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs to assist in supporting programming for the Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center (VNSC).
“This award highlights how we are able to continually support our student veterans and their families,” said Monte Stewart, Veteran and Nontraditional Student Services Coordinator at UW-Superior. “Without this funding, it may hinder how we are able to support our students. The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs has been a huge advocate of our Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center. Their funding has allowed us to enhance our programming and outreach to veterans and veteran spouses and dependents.”
The VNSC seeks to secure, invest, and manage financial resources that support opportunities for UW-Superior students and its facilities. Part of the grant funding will support student veterans and their families through the VNSC Emergency Fund, providing student veterans with financial assistance as extenuating circumstances occur.
“These additional funds are really helpful so that student veterans and their families are able to persist and be successful on their academic journey versus having to worry about paying a specific expense that unexpectedly popped up,” said Stewart.
Funds will also support annual events such as the Veterans Expo and Running for Our Heroes 5K, along with veteran-to-veteran mentoring programs and other veteran-tailored events.
“This funding is specifically designed to serve and assist veterans in our community,” said Stewart. “We are able to collaborate with Douglas County Veterans Service Office to co-host programs that bring the veteran community together. We also offer programs that support the needs of our veterans both on-campus and in the greater community.”
Committed to assisting veteran and nontraditional students throughout their academic journey, the VNSC serves as a liaison to benefits and campus and community resources that address the unique needs of UW-Superior’s veteran and nontraditional students. The VNSC facilitates co-curricular programs and events that enhance the overall student experience and improve the campus climate.
This grant is part of $250,000 Gov. Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary Mary Kolar awarded to 13 registered nonprofit organizations the provide financial assistance or other services to Wisconsin veterans and their families.
Since starting in 2015, the WDVA’s nonprofit grant program has awarded more than $1 million in funding to organizations that have a goal of ensuring veterans and their families are properly cared for in Wisconsin. In October, Gov. Evers and the WDVA announced more than $400,000 in grants to organizations providing entrepreneurship training to veterans.