Aiken Technical College Student Veterans to Benefit from “Bridge the Gap” Sponsorship
Dr. Susan Winsor, Aiken Technical College President (sitting left), and Jack Morrison, Aiken-Augusta Wounded Warrior Charity Golf Classic Committee (sitting right) sign the sponsorship agreement on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Members of the Committee and College staff were also present for the signing.
(December 10, 2015, Aiken, SC) Aiken Technical College (ATC) and the Aiken-Augusta Wounded Warrior Charity Golf Classic Committee (Committee) have signed the Bridge the Gap Veteran Sponsorship agreement which will benefit student veterans at the College.
The sponsorship, signed Wednesday, will help “bridge the gap” and enable more veterans to complete their education, said Jack Morrison, chair of the committee.
“One of the biggest needs veterans have when they’re coming out of the service into a very difficult job market, is that they need additional skills, additional education. The VA and the GI Bill provides some money (for educational expenses), but not all of it,” said Morrison. “That is why we named the sponsorship ‘Bridge the Gap’—to bridge the gap between what the VA and the GI Bill provides and what their actual costs are.”
Money for the sponsorship is raised during the organization’s annual golf tournament. Since its inception, the group has raised nearly $250,000 to benefit veterans and organizations that provide services for veterans, said Committee member Michael Galvin.
“Our organization is focused on places that are helping veterans become strong, active participants in our community,” he said.
ATC, which was recently named a Military Friendly School for the fifth consecutive year, provides a variety of services for veterans including a Veteran Scholarship and Support Program, Student Veterans Association and have partnered with several area groups such as the Committee to meet the needs of student veterans.
“One of the learning opportunities for us is really understanding the dilemma, particularly of enlisted individuals coming out of the military and having little to no financial reserve to assist them with transition to a life where they are paying for housing, food and transportation,” said ATC President Dr. Susan Winsor.
Education is “incredibly important,” she added, noting that the College has established several efforts to help students prepare for college-level courses and address barriers that may otherwise prevent students from completing their education.
The sponsorship will help student veterans as well as have a positive long-term effect for their families.
“If you help one student, then you have helped a family and then their children and then their children,” she said.