Carroll University proudly opened the doors to its new Veterans House, located at 125 Wright St. The building, which officially opened with a ribbon cutting this week, is now available for all military and veteran students, who can use it for studying, student organization meetings or gathering with outside constituencies.
A group of students were interested in bringing back the student veteran organization on campus and needed a larger gathering space. Now that students have more space to meet, the hope is that more veteran and military students will find their way to the house.
“Our military and veteran students have made a commitment to our nation to support and defend our constitution, and we are proud that they have found their way to Carroll,” said Paul Zinck, vice president of Finance and Administration. “We want to support them and honor their sacrifice and service – and having the Veterans House as a resource for them to gather individually or as a group is just one way to do that.”
Veterans at Carroll can now avail themselves of more educational services and resources than ever before. The University works with full- and part-time students who are active service members and veterans – in addition to their spouses, dependents and survivors – to help them secure federal and state education benefits granted through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other VA-related resources.
In the Registrar’s Office, Carroll’s School Certifying Officials (SCOs) work in conjunction with Admission, Financial Aid, Student Success, the Business Office and other areas to help students in Carroll’s military family navigate the benefits available to them. The SCOs also assist with connecting new students with the Carroll student veteran organization, securing benefits which include access to the Veterans House and priority registration. They also help students access other campus resources to ensure their personal and academic success at Carroll.
“As Carroll continues to grow our veteran/military program on campus, we hope that the VA will come to campus and work with our students,” said Theresa Barry, vice president for Student Life.
Programs in use by current and recent students include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty Educational Assistance Program (MGIB-AD) (Chapter 30).
- Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) (Chapter 31).
- Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) – Includes the Yellow Ribbon Program and the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship.
- Dependent and Survivor Benefits (Chapter 35).
- Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606).
- WI National Guard Tuition Grant.
- WI Veterans Grant for Private, Non-profit Schools.
The official ribbon cutting for the building took place in November.
Carroll University was incorporated in 1846, making it Wisconsin’s first four-year institution of higher learning. Situated in Waukesha, the independent, co-educational comprehensive university is grounded in the liberal arts tradition, and offers more than 95 areas of study, multiple graduate programs and a clinical doctorate in physical therapy. For more information, visit www.carrollu.edu, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.