Mount Saint Mary’s University has received a two-year $200,000 grant from the Carol Moss Foundation to establish an office of veteran and military student services.
The mission of the office will be “to support and advocate for veterans and military-affiliated students during their transition to the Mount,” said Linda McMurdock, PhD, vice president of student affairs. “Our goal is to help them to pursue their intellectual and personal development within an engaging and welcoming environment.”
The new office will include a dedicated physical space staffed by a new veteran and military student services coordinator position focused on supporting students with different resources.
“The Carol Moss Foundation is proud to provide MSMU with the financial support necessary to open and operate a new office of veterans affairs to help these students excel in their university careers and to help them continue to make a significant difference to their families and in their local communities,” said Keith Allen-Niesen, director of the Carol Moss Foundation. One of the core missions of the foundation, based in Los Angeles, is to support organizations working to serve US veterans.
The Mount has been providing specialized services to veterans for many years, including dedicated financial assistance and student support programs. Currently, the University has a student veteran liaison who trains staff in admissions, financial aid and other student support departments to address veteran needs. With the new Carol Moss Foundation Fund for Veteran and Military Student Services, Mount Saint Mary’s will be able to expand and enhance veteran services across campus.
Over the past few years, the University has steadily increased the number of students who identify as veterans on campus.
To learn more about general information, services and resources for veterans, visit here.