Coming up on the 14th of April, the leadership of the Grace College Student Veteran’s Organization will be heading down to Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana. There, we will take part in the Operation Diploma grant competition , an initiative of the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University. We will be competing alongside other regional student veteran groups for a grant of up to $2000. The past two years in a row our SVO has done very well in the competition, and we are hoping to continue our success in 2012.
A few examples of projects funded at least in part by MFRI grant money are Organization gatherings, new student welcome-packets, and the John Schumacher chapel event. These projects have helped shape success in our organization as we reach out to our members, the campus and the community as a whole. John Schumacher was fantastic for raising campus-wide awareness, and the welcome packets helped our students adjust to a new area. Over the past several weeks we have been busy composing and refining our group’s presentation. In it, we have covered the background and history of our Organization, in addition to our current administrative practices, our yearly budget, and our long-term goals for member recruitment and sustainment. As we have composed outlines and prepared slideshows, we have closely examined our operational records from our past two years of existence. This has helped our leadership develop a plan based off of the group’s current and past challenges and successes.
As we anticipate a potential boost in this year’s funds, I would like to take this opportunity to ask for feedback. The leadership of the SVO here at Grace College and Seminary has a tentative budget prepared to present to the Military Family Research Institute on April 14th. However, I would like to hear what our members think. How would you like to see a grant used to benefit our organization? Feedback is important. The more we hear from you the members, the more the leadership can tailor the organization to be one that reflects the unique personalities and strengths of Grace College’s military students!
Veteran’s Affairs Student Worker