November 08, 2022 BK LI

BROOKLYN and PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – November 8, 2022 – St. Joseph’s University, New York (SJNY) was recently awarded more than $559,000 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success Grant Program.

With the grant funding, SJNY aims to increase student veterans’ recruitment and ensure their academic success by coordinating services to address their financial, health and wellness, academic, career and social needs. 

“We pride ourselves on the exceptional services we offer to all of our students, especially our student veterans who have given so much of themselves before they arrive at St. Joseph’s,” said Dr. Donald R. Boomgaarden, president of St. Joseph’s University, New York. “We are grateful to receive this funding that will allow us to continue the work we do with our student veterans and expand our services to even more students in the years to come.”

Over the next three academic years, the Office of Military and Veteran Services at SJNY will utilize the funding to grow the University’s existing Peer Health Educator Program, designating six veteran-specific peer health educators trained in meeting the needs of our student veteran population. In addition, the grant will assist in expanding career preparation and support for veterans, increase participation in Student Veterans’ of America (SVA), provide graduate student completion grants, provide internship stipends and launch a program specifically for female student veterans.

“Our military and veteran students bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and diversity to our campuses,” said Erin D’Eletto, SJNY’s director of military and veteran services. “This funding will not only allow us to continue providing substantial services to our student veterans, but also add programs and services to further support their personal, academic and professional success.”   

A proud participant in the Post-9/11 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program, St. Joseph’s University, New York is continually recognized as a Military Friendly School and has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Military Times for its commitment to America’s veterans and active military. As part of the University’s participation in the Post-9/11 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program, financial support for education and housing is offered to military veterans with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2011, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. St. Joseph’s also offers credit for military training and experience, and countless opportunities to help ease the transition from service member to civilian.   

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St. Joseph’s University, New York has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the University provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through its Brooklyn, Long Island and online campuses, the University offers degrees in more than 100 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs