Virginia Student Veterans Awarded Grant to Develop New Veterans Center at DeVry University

Student Veterans of America and Home Depot provide funds to DeVry University's Chesapeake, Virginia Campus

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – Nov. 3, 2015 –The Student Veterans of America at DeVry University’s Chesapeake, Virginia campus announced today it has been awarded a grant from the VetCenter Initiative to develop a new on-campus veteran’s resource center.

The veteran’s center will provide DeVry University’s student veterans a place to network, study and support one another in their academic journey, and is currently slated to be complete by this Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The $10,000 grant comes from the VetCenter Initiative, a partnership between SVA and the Home Depot Foundation to renovate/build/improve centers for veterans on college campuses nationwide.

“We have an engaged and active student veteran population here at our Chesapeake campus,” said Ann Mickelson, DeVry University Chesapeake campus dean. “Thanks to the generous support from the SVA and Home Depot, we are very excited to be able to provide a great space to encourage our student veterans’ scholastic and professional endeavors now, and in the years to come.”

The Chesapeake SVA chapter will unveil the new center in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12. The event is free and open to the community.

Since 2008, SVA’s VetCenter Initiative has helped veterans nationally returning from military service to obtain the resources, support and advocacy they need to succeed in higher education and beyond.

DeVry University’s Commitment to Military Service Members
For more than 80 years, DeVry University has helped military members, veterans and their families achieve their career goals through education–from training Army Air Corps instructors on electronic devices in the 1940s to being one of the first schools approved to accept the original GI Bill®[1] after World War II.

Today, DeVry University helps veteran and active-duty military students make higher education a reality through year-round scheduling, distance learning and degree programs that provide a solid foundation for career success. DeVry University also offers special tuition rates for eligible military personnel and their spouses.

To learn more about the options for veterans and military students at DeVry University,

To learn more about the Veterans Center Initiative, please visit To read more about the Veterans Center Initiative from The Home Depot Foundation, please visit

About DeVry University

DeVry University’s mission is to foster student learning through high-quality, career-oriented education integrating technology, business, science and the arts. Founded in 1931, the university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs onsite and online covering 34 different career fields within its five distinguished colleges of study: Business & Management, Engineering & Information Sciences, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Media Arts & Technology. The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC, Its highly credentialed faculty members work in the fields that they teach, providing real-world experiences that prepare students for in-demand careers.

With locations across the U.S., DeVry University is one of the largest private-sector universities in North America. The university is a part of DeVry Education Group (NYSE: DV), a global provider of educational services.

About Student Veterans of America

SVA is a 501(c) (3) non-profit coalition of 1,200+ student veteran organizations representing 440,000 veterans in higher education. SVA's mission is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy to ease veteran and active military students' transition into higher education and leverage military experience to launch successful careers in high-demand fields. For more information, visit us at and follow us on Twitter @studentvets.

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Melanie Wright
DeVry University
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[1] GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at


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