Carolina Veterans Resource Center offers award to student veterans

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The Carolina Veterans Resource Center offers Boot Print to Heel Print Summer Bridge awards to UNC students with a military background. Applications for summer 2022 are open to all veteran undergraduates, graduates, and professional school students.

The award was created to supplement students’ income during the summer while they work on individual studies.

The award is funded in part by the Kozmetsky Family Foundation – there are 10 need-based awards of $2,500 available. The award is intended to be a resource for Army-affiliated students on campus and to help them connect with their peers.

Rob Palermo, Program Director for CVRC, talked about some of the criteria students need to apply for Boot Print to Heel Print.

“We’re basically going to look at need-based criteria and what the student plans to do with the award,” Palermo said. “We’re basically asking them to tell us how this is going to promote their success and prosperity in Carolina.”

The award is not a scholarship, he said, but applicants must be in good standing and progressing towards their degree. He added that the awards are intended to help those taking summer courses.

The scholarships will supplement students’ summer income and allow them to focus on their studies, Palermo said.

Dean of Students Desirée Rieckenberg said students aren’t limited to using the scholarship for extra income.

“I think one of the really interesting things about this opportunity is that it could also help students who have had a need or want to participate in unpaid internships or other types of experiences,” said- she declared.

She added that due to veteran student status and lack of funding, some students are not otherwise able to access these experiences.

For Rieckenberg, Boot Print to Heel Print is a way to show the University’s appreciation for the veteran student population on campus.

“This award is the way we can extend and show our support for our veteran students in a way that underscores our commitment to student retention and success throughout your freshman year and beyond until you graduate. of your degree,” she said.

UNC graduate and former student James Chavez said he had a positive experience orienting new Boot Print to Heel Print students.

New veteran students attend orientation upon arrival at the University.

“Honestly, it was phenomenal,” Chavez said. “I made so many friends and friends that I still talk to today. Friends that came before me that our alumni still talk to, and even current students, which is pretty cool.”

Chavez said there was a sense of community that CVRC provided a safe space for him and other student veterans.

“It really brought us closer,” he said.

The deadline to apply for the Boot Print to Heel Print Summer Bridge 2022 award is April 27 at 5 p.m.

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