WVC Foundation supports growing student veteran population
Media Contact: Stacey Lockhart, WVC Foundation executive director, 509.682.6415, Laura Murphy, veteran coordinator, 509.682.6817
In recognition of the growing veteran population seeking higher education at Wenatchee Valley College, the WVC Foundation has renewed the $20,000 veteran work-study scholarship fund for 2013-14.
The work-study program provides an opportunity for students to learn professionalism, people skills, problem-solving skills, time management, and technical skills that pertain to a variety of career fields. The program also provides networking opportunities as well as flexibility, allowing students to balance their work schedules with their school schedules.
WVC currently serves 250 veterans and their dependents. Five student veterans have benefitted from work-study scholarships this academic year. Three of the students have worked in the WVC Veteran's Office assisting other student veterans, one works as a library aid, and one works in the industrial technology lab.
"The assistance provided by the WVC Foundation to veterans like me through the work-study scholarship has enabled me to pursue my education and begin a career that will benefit me and my community for a lifetime," said Robert Engle, president of the WVC Veteran Knights club. "I have just learned that I have been accepted to Gonzaga University, something that may not have been possible without the support provided by the WVC Foundation."
For those students who work in the WVC Veteran's Office, the work-study program enables them to learn more about G.I. Bill© benefits and other student programs so that they not only efficiently help other student veterans, but also themselves.
"The program has allowed us to reach out to more of our veteran students and help connect them with resources to support their success at WVC," said Laura Murphy, WVC Veteran Coordinator. "It has been very rewarding to see the impact of these accomplishments on each of the veteran work-study students. They are learning valuable office and communication skills that will help them in the job market. But most of all, it is healing to be able to give back to others, and these veterans are allowed to do this each and every day."
In addition to the WVC Foundation funding, the WVC Veteran Office has expanded to include a full-time veteran coordinator and a WDVA VetCorps representative. The Wenatchee campus includes a Veteran Study Lounge as a place for student veterans and active duty service members to study and connect, a student veterans' club and a weekly study group.
The Foundation has provided a total of $40,000 in student veteran work-study funds from 2012-2014.
The WVC Foundation can be reached at 509.682.6410.