In order to streamline campus support services for veterans, New York University today announced the launch of the NYU Veterans and Military Resource Center. The new Center, which will open December 1, 2017 and be housed at NYU’s School of Professional Studies, will serve as a single, essential hub for coordinating services, assistance, and connections for NYU veterans both within and outside the University.
“NYU takes pride in its growing number of students who have served in the Armed Forces, and we strongly believe their presence contributes greatly to the vibrancy and diversity of the University community,” said Dennis DiLorenzo, Harvey J. Stedman Dean, School of Professional Studies. “We are also aware that the transition from military to civilian student life can be a challenging one, and with the Veterans and Military Resource Center, we’re creating a single place where these students can learn about and access the various services and supports to ease that transition and successfully pursue their education.”
The new Center will be led by Betsy Montanez, formerly the director of the Office of Veteran and Military Resources at Bronx Community College, and Carlos Villa, Associate Director for Academic and Faculty Affairs at NYUSPS and an NYU alumnus.
Like many college campuses across the country, NYU has experienced significant growth in matriculating veterans since the passage of the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the drawdown of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. NYU has taken numerous steps to recognize and support its student veterans[, which now number more than 400,] including the expansion of the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship program, which provides up to $10,000 in additional scholarship aid.
NYU provides a wide range of student support services for veterans, including student social groups, peer support and mentoring, professional and mental health services, and legal aid. The goal of the new Center is to consolidate information about veterans’ benefits campus-wide in order to make it easier to connect veterans to services.
In addition, several of NYU schools also announced two new programs launching this fall especially for veteran students, including:
NYU Stern School of Business Fertitta Veterans Program: The Fertitta Veterans Program, believed to be the only program of its kind at a U.S. business school, is exclusively for U.S. military veteran and active duty students entering NYU. Stern's full-time MBA program and offers scholarship support as well as academic and professional support customized for all interested incoming veterans to ease the transition from the military to business school and eventually to the business world.
NYU Tandon School of Engineering Veterans Future Lab: The Veterans Future Lab, which is supported by Barclays and the State of New York, creates the first business incubator for entrepreneurial ventures launched by military veterans and their families.