We Need Your Help.
As VETS and the military-connected student population grows, so does our need to implement programs for our students. VETS represents and provides services for over 4000 military-connected students. Below, you'll find several examples of ways you can help, including programs VETS has created or sponsored for the military-connected students of the University of Arizona. If you'd like to visit our campus to learn more please contact Bruce Grissom, the Director of VETS.
At present, the University of Arizona does not offer any scholarships that are specific to veterans or other military-connected students. Only about 1600 students are using GI Bill benefits, leaving nearly 2600 others to finance their own studies.
Purple Heart Institution
In December 2019, the University of Arizona was bestowed the honor of being named a Purple Heart Institution. With that designation, the University created a fund to provide a parking space and book stipend for Purple Heart recipients.
In 2019, VETS began hosting a graduation ceremony for our student veterans. This ceremony invites family and guests to help us honor the commitment their veterans made to earning their degree. We bring in keynote speakers and provide each veteran with a custom graduation stole featuring their branch of service.
Warrior Scholar Project
WSP empowers enlisted military veterans by providing them with a skill bridge that enables a successful transition from the battlefield to the classroom, maximizes their education opportunities by making them informed consumers of education, and increases the confidence they will need to successfully complete a rigorous four-year undergraduate program at a top-tier school. The University of Arizona is one of a handful of host schools for WSP, sharing the honor with Yale, Texas A&M, Harvard and others.
Honor Flight Southern Arizona
VETS works with Honor Flight to send several student veterans and allies each year to serve as Guardians for Honor Flight. Honor Flight Southern Arizona provides WWII, Vietnam and Korean War Veterans the opportunity to see their national memorials in Washington DC. These are the men and women who availed themselves in a national effort to keep America safe from foreign threats and It is now our responsibility to keep them from being forgotten, and to thank them for a job they did so long ago.
Student Veterans of America Career Fair
The University of Arizona Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter serves military-connected students by hosting an annual career fair, bringing several Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, non-profits, and local companies together in an effort to help our students land a job as they prepare to graduate.
VETS Social Events
From tailgates to BBQs on the UArizona Mall, VETS is always interested in hosting events that create a sense of community among our military-connected population on campus.
If you're ready to learn more, here are some resources you can use to find out more information.