Aiken Technical College Receives $25,000 Grant to Establish Program for Veteran and Military Students
Aiken Technical College (ATC) President Dr. Susan A. Winsor is presented with a $25,000 check from the Fluor Foundation. Also present for the presentation: Tom D’Agostino, Senior Vice President for Business Development and Strategy, Fluor Government Group; Greg Meyer, Sr. Vice President for Operations, Environmental and Nuclear, Fluor Government Group; Carol Johnson, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions President and CEO; ATC student veterans Gabriel Uvalle, Jonathan McGee, Ferderica Banks and Clayton Pennington; and ATC employee veterans Lynn Moore, Quincita Register-Dennis and Richard Weldon.
(November 3, 2015, Aiken, SC) Aiken Technical College (ATC) announced today that it is the recipient of a $25,000 Fluor Military Support Coalition Grant from the Fluor Foundation to create a Veteran Scholarship and Support Program.
"Fluor and the Fluor Foundation believe strongly in supporting organizations that assist U.S. military personnel and their families. Providing education assistance to our nation's veterans, active duty military and National Guard personnel is one way we can thank and recognize these men and women for their sacrifices on behalf of our country", said Tom D'Agostino, Senior Vice President for Business Development and Strategy, Fluor Government Group.
A portion of the grant funds will be used to award Veteran Success Grants to eligible veteran and military students to assist with cost of living expenses not covered by federal education benefits.
“Veteran benefits are a godsend for helping veterans access higher education but we know there’s more to obtaining that higher education credential than tuition and fees and that’s just the simple cost of living—getting to classes, being able to manage the expenses that are often burdensome while you are trying to finish a degree,” said ATC President Dr. Susan A. Winsor. “Having this additional help and additional support system within the College to make sure they can finish and transition into a good-paying career is essential to the health of our community.”
Grant funds will also be used to help establish Veteran’s Ambassadors to provide peer mentoring; conduct career information sessions for veteran and military students with prospective employers, including Savannah River Nuclear Solutions; and to provide upgrades to the Veterans’ Lounge located in the ATC Student Activities Center.
The Veteran Scholarship and Support Program will be implemented in the Spring 2016 semester.