The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is now accepting applications for a new grant program aimed at helping Oregon veterans complete their educational goals. The Veteran Educational Bridge Grant Program provides financial assistance to veterans who are unable to complete their education due to the unavailability of one or more required classes.
“In Oregon, we believe our veterans should not have to miss out on the chance to reach their career and educational goals simply because of the timing of course offerings. At a time when student veterans’ schedules and finances may be more challenged due to the COVID-19 crisis, this program is needed now more than ever,” noted ODVA Director Kelly Fitzpatrick.
Under the program, eligible student veterans who are unable to complete their education due to the unavailability of required classes may receive grants of up to $5,000. Recipients must be a veteran eligible for GI Bill® benefits, must be an Oregon resident and must be enrolled in an Oregon-based academic program that is approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
For more information about the Veteran Educational Bridge Grant Program, or to apply, visit the ODVA website athttps://www.oregon.gov/odva/agency-programs/grants/Pages/Educational-Bridge-Grant.aspx. Questions may also be directed to ODVA’s Veteran Educational Bridge Grant Coordinator, Scott Salazar, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 503-373-2338.
Please see the NACADA reference, Advising in Times of Disruption, to learn more about the advising profession as we cope with COVID-19 globally.
Welcome to OAAA! Fondly called “O-triple A.”
OAAA was first established in 2015 by a small group of academic advisors and others who saw a need for a statewide organization dedicated to serving higher education in Oregon. Since then, it has grown to include nearly 500 professionals from across Oregon who represent a diverse range of colleges and universities as well as job titles including academic advisors and counselors, success coaches, and career experts. Whatever our positions, we all share a common goal: to help undergraduate students achieve success. That is, at the root of all that we do, we aim to help students explore, set, pursue, and achieve their educational and professional dreams and goals.
I am excited and honored to serve as your OAAA president this year. I am joined by an amazing team of newly-elected OAAA officers and two phenomenal OAAA members who have volunteered to be co-chairs of the OAAA 2020 state drive-in conference this year. Together, we have big plans for OAAA this year. These include OAAA applying becoming an allied member of NACADA, adding more member features to the OAAA website, and organizing the annual drive-in conference in June, 2020.
Let’s get started! If you have not already, consider becoming an OAAA member today! Get involved! We need your energy, ideas, and vision to grow OAAA into an organization that benefits all of us professionally and, as a result, our students as well.