ACE and Wal-Mart Team-up to Offer Veteran Grants


In 2009, ACE and the Walmart Foundation awarded 20 $100,000 grants to colleges and universities operating model programs that advance the veteran community’s access to and success in higher education. The 20 participating campuses used their grants to expand their veteran programs and services and share their practices and successes with other institutions. Learn more about Success for Veterans grants.

The 20 institutions that received the Success for Veterans award grants represent a diverse group of institutions: nine public four-year institutions, eight community colleges, two private four-year institutions, and one consortium. Together, their work encompasses a wide range of initiatives that cover every phase of a successful college experience: enrollment, degree attainment, and career placement. Despite their different bodies of work, nearly all the grantees implemented the following components within their programs: advisory committees, student veteran feedback, and in-kind support.

The following 20 institutions received an ACE/Walmart Success for Veterans award grants:

  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • Clackamas Community College (OR)
  • Colorado State University
  • State University of New York Empire State College
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University (NJ)
  • Fresno City College (CA)
  • George Mason University (VA)
  • Lois V. and Samuel J. Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York
  • Lane Community College (OR)
  • Los Angeles City College (CA)
  • Madison Area Technical College (WI)
  • Onondaga Community College (NY)
  • Park University (MO)
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Southwestern College (CA)
  • Trident Technical College (SC)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Maine at Augusta
  • University of Maryland University College

More than 82,300 service members, veterans, and family members have been impacted in some way by the more than 100 goals set by the 20 participating institutions. As these success stories and promising practices continue to be shared, the number of individuals benefiting from the Success for Veterans Award grants is expected to grow exponentially. The Walmart Foundation, ACE, and the grantee campuses are committed to disseminating their lessons and recommendations through presentations, webinars, meetings, and other approaches.

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