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News | Q1 2022

VMAS Q1 Summary

The first quarter of 2022 has been busy. We held two events, continued to make progress on our new ‘Career Advancement Program’, attended the Alumni Association board meeting, and spent some time on-campus helping upcoming graduates prepare for life after college. We have a lot more planned for this year including more events with the VMC, our Golf Outing, as well as taking part in some volunteer opportunities around the city of Dayton. Interested in helping us reach our goals? Join us for our weekly meeting, now on WEDNESDAY, on Google Meet, and learn more about the team and how you can help!

Spring Semester Kick-Off w/ the VMC

On February 23rd we hosted our Spring 2022 Semester Kick-Off with the Wright State Veteran & Military Center at The Wandering Griffin in Beavercreek. This event is geared toward connecting new and returning veteran and military-connected students to alumni and local supporters. This is part of a series of social events we regularly hold with the VMC to keep us connected to the student population. In time, these regularly occurring events will help us understand how we can support the next generations of graduates as they enter an ever-changing job market.

March Madness Cornhole Tournament

On March 19th we held our first fundraiser of the year at Beavercreek VFW Post 8312. Our March Madness Cornhole Tournament was a 16-team, double-elimination event that went to benefit the construction of a new veteran & military memorial on campus. Wright State University challenged us with a 3 to 1-match opportunity for our event that we worked hard to take advantage of.

Member Highlight | Jared Shank

Get to know Jared Shank, WSU Alumni and Member of VMAS. Jared is always interested in helping veterans, especially those from Wright State. He currently works as the Senior Director of Military and Apprenticeship Initiatives and Special Projects at the Ohio Department of Higher Education. In his free time, Jared competes in the North-South Skirmish Association, a competition shooting using civil war-era weaponry. Learn more about Jared in this quarter’s Member Highlight.

Resource Highlight | War Orphan Scholarship Fund

The Ohio War Orphan & Severely Disabled Veterans' Children Scholarship Program awards tuition assistance to the children of deceased or severely disabled Ohio veterans who served in the armed forces during a period of declared war or conflict. Veteran Award Letter needs to indicate an Overall Combined Rating or Overall Service Connection of 60% or more. students attending Ohio public institutions will be funded 84% of tuition and general fees, and students attending private institutions will receive an annual award amount of $7,532 for the year. Please keep in mind that schools must wait a minimum of 15 days after the start of the term before requesting funds, which will be transferred electronically and applied to the student’s account.

Students must attend full-time, and prior recipients must meet appropriate cumulative GPA requirements (minimum 2.00).

Upcoming Events

VMAS Events

  • Help Build Hope - 5/14/2022 @ 8AM

    • Join us as we support Concord United Methodist Church and Help Build Hope to frame 2 houses. Ages 5 and up welcome!

  • Vets Moving Forward - 05/18/2022 @ Wright State Student Union

    • Vets Moving Forward is an annual event focused on connecting Veterans and Resource Organizations and Jobs in our Greater Miami Valley.

  • VMAS 2022 Golf Outing - 09/10/2022 @ Beavercreek Golf Club

    • It’s our Second Annual Golf Outing!!!

  • Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River - July 2022

    • We will be joining a larger volunteer group this year with Clean Sweep, an annual volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of the Great Miami River.

Don’t forget to check out the Wright State Alumni Association calendar for more events.

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