2015 Performance

One of our Education initiatives is to “institute veteran student success programs at community colleges, and provide Grants to these programs, which would directly benefit veteran students academic and certification pursuits”.

In cooperation with Maricopa Community Colleges, S.E.E.4Vets, implemented a Math Success Scholarship program for the veteran student population. This program offers opportunities for veteran students to enroll in a Math structured tutor class. Because the course is not GI Bill benefit eligible, it is the veteran students’ responsibility to pay the tuition if they wish to register for this class.  Implementing the Math Success Scholarship program, S.E.E.4Vets would pay the tuition with the understanding that the veteran students must academically perform at B grade or better.

An important element for success was careful analysis of the effectiveness of its initiative, oversight and the metrics to determine the impact on student veteran academic program completion, and effects on quality of campus life. Following is a partial listing of the successes.

 

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Math Success Scholarship ~ Glendale Community College and Support Education and Employment for Vets (S.E.E.4Vets) collaborated on a Math Success Scholarship program for the veteran student population at the school. Math 108 is a structured tutor class, and because the course is not GI Bill benefit eligible, it is the veteran students’ responsibility to pay the tuition if they wish to register for this class. Therefore this pilot program offered enrollment opportunities and 17 veteran students to enrolled fall 2015.Implementing the Math Success Scholarship program, S.E.E.4Vets would pay the tuition with the understanding that the veteran students must academically perform at B grade or better. The tuition paid course will be available to veteran students each semester, as long as they demonstrate strong academic performance. S.E.E.4Vets issued two Grants to total $10,000 to fund the program.

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Veterans Student Success Program ~ GateWay Community College and S.E.E.4Vets collaborated to launched a tutoring service targeted at the student veteran population. Through this partnership, tutoring will be available for Math, English, Reading and the Nursing Veterans’ Bridge Course.S.E.E.4Vets would pay the going-forward tuition with the understanding that the veteran students must academically perform at B grade or better their developmental courses.S.E.E.4Vets pledged $23,000 to fund the program with an initial disbursement $12,000 issued for the Fall 2015 semester

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Gold Heart Fund & Military Legacy Scholarship ~ Arizona Western College and S.E.E.4Vets collaborated in shaping the scholarship program for tuition and fees, specifically for non-chapter 33 student veterans.Veteran students applied for the scholarships, two scholarships were awarded fall of 2015 . In addition there will be awarded of two scholarships spring of 2016. Further, when student veterans are going through financial hardships, or encounter barriers while attending school they may qualify for funds from the Gold Heart fund.S.E.E.4Vets issued a $5,000 Grant to fund these two programs.

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Math Success Scholarship ~ Paradise Valley Community College and Support Education and Employment for Vets (S.E.E.4Vets) collaborated on a Math Success Scholarship program for the veteran student population at the school. Math 108 is a structured tutor class, and because the course is not GI Bill benefit eligible, it is the veteran students’ responsibility to pay the tuition if they wish to register for this class. Implementing the Math Success Scholarship program in Spring 2016, S.E.E.4Vets would pay the tuition with the understanding that the veteran students must academically perform at B grade or better. The tuition paid course will be available to veteran students each semester, as long as they demonstrate strong academic performance. S.E.E.4Vets pledged $5,000 to fund the program, and issued a $2500 Grant check for the spring semester.

Financial

S.E.E.4Vets incorporated in October 2013 and received its 501(c)(3) public charity designation in September 2014. The organization achieved remarkable results in its second year of operations and implemented effective cost-control measures to reduce overall expenses in order to further optimize issuing Grants to Arizona Community Colleges.

Our organization experienced robust fundraising activity throughout 2015, and exceeded the 2014 fund raising efforts. As a result, the organization issued $31,000 in Grants to five Arizona community colleges. Further, in cooperation with several Maricopa Community Colleges, SEE4Vets has established a program to assist our returning student vets as they transition back to civilian life and re-enter the academic environment. A Math Success Scholarship program for the veteran student population evolved, and this program offers opportunities for veteran students to enroll in a Math structured tutor class. Because the course is not GI Bill benefit eligible, it is the veteran students’ responsibility to pay the tuition if they wish to register for this class. To alleviate this burden, S.E.E.4Vets set up a restricted-funds with the Maricopa Community College Foundation.

Overall, under the prudent guidance of the Board of Directors, the plan is to continue emphasizing tutoring-type programs in mathematics and substantially increase the Grant amount in the years ahead. Equally important, our 2015 accomplishments could not have happened without a committed and passionate board of directors.

In accordance with the IRS guideline set forth for small tax-exempt organizations, S.E.E.4Vets filed Form 990-N in March 2016.