MSU’s SVRC Helps Student Veterans Transition to College Life

October 21, 2021

                     Student veteran speaking during donor luncheon

Aaron J. Etelamaki, a Michigan State University student and veteran, was a speaker at this year's Thanks for Giving Luncheon for MSU faculty, staff and retiree donors.

Michigan State University (MSU) is home to more than 400 student veterans and about 2,000 military-connected students, many of whom struggle to adapt to college life. The Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) was created to support student veteran success. The center promotes the educational, career and personal advancement of service members, veterans and their families at MSU.

For many of these students, transitioning to college life is a challenge because they’ve been out of school for several years. In fact, the last time many of them participated in the classroom was during high school. SVRC within the Division of Student Affairs and Services (SAS) at MSU is focused on helping student veterans navigate their college curriculum successfully, so they can graduate and become successful in their careers. In fact, the student veteran graduation rate at MSU is over 70%, compared to a national average of only 11%.

When it comes to supporting veterans and military students, MSU is a national leader. The university was again recognized as a Gold Level veteran friendly institution by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency this year – the sixth straight year MSU has received this recognition.

SVRC provides an abundance of resources to student veterans, from financial aid application support, scholarships, tutoring, and health information to career development and employment opportunities. However, many of these resources would not be available without the help of donors. Without support from MSU alumni, many of the scholarships and services offered by SVRC would not be possible.

“Last year, the MSU Veterans Day campaign helped raise thousands of dollars that directly went to work supporting programs across MSU serving veterans and military-connected students,” explained SVRC Coordinator Patrick Forystek.

This donor support has provided funding for such things as refurbishing SVRC’s on-campus space, enhancing peer advising and expanding scholarship funds. The gifts from the Spartan community and the guidance from SVRC have provided life-changing opportunities for student veterans at MSU.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to help suppport veterans at MSU may learn more here.

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