S.E.E.4Vets Creates Endowed Scholarship for Veterans at Yavapai College

The Scottsdale-based organization has created the S.E.E.4VETS Veteran Legacy Endowment with the Yavapai College Foundation. The $20,000 endowed scholarship program will provide funding support for qualified U.S. military veterans seeking to continue their education at Yavapai College.

“Our partnership with S.E.E.4VETS has blossomed over the years and their support has grown to nearly $40,000 in scholarships to veterans at Yavapai College as of 2021.” Jane Hersh, YC’s District Director of Veterans Education and Transition Services, said. “The S.E.E.4Vets Legacy Fund endowment will not only solidify continued support but will broaden our common interest dedicated to helping those who have served our country excel in college and in life.

In the photo from left to right: Peter Palmer, US Army, Brig.G. (Ret.) & SEE4VETS Board member, Rusty Findley. USAF, Lt.Gen. (Ret) & SEE4VETS Vice Chairman of the Board, Dr. Lisa B. Rhine, President, Yavapai College, Jane Hersh, District Director of Veterans Education and Transition Service, Yavapai College & Mary Talosi, Executive Director, Yavapai College Foundation.

A Special Tribute to Afghanistan Veterans

Board member Ian Parkinson was invited by Southwest Veteran Chamber of Commerce (SWVCC) leadership to speak at the chamber lunch, August 24, 2021. Ian served as an infantryman, achieved the rank of sergeant, and served two overseas assignments: South Korea (non-combat), and Afghanistan (combat). While in Afghanistan, Ian lost both of his legs due to an IED (improvised explosive device). Notable awards/decorations include Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and Jump Wings.

He received a standing ovation, about 50 in attendance, and many in the audience stood in line to talk to him after the meeting. A Gold Star Mother introduced herself to him and gave him a huge hug…quite moving!

In the photo are Tom Sheets, USMC, Col. (Vet), Executive Director of SWVCC and Ian Parkinson…Ian receive a plaque for speaking at the chamber luncheon. 

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Hero of Education and College Heroes, Glendale, AZ

On April 7, Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation held a virtual event to recognize Hero of Education and College Heroes. Glendale Community College chose S.E.E.4Vets as its 2020 College Heroes of Education.  

Background…Maricopa Community Colleges and the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation since 2006 have honored an outstanding community leader as their Hero of Education at the annual Heroes of Education Dinner. Recently, a new element was added to the program – College Heroes Recognition

West Valley Mavericks Foundation, Litchfield Park, AZ

S.E.E.4VETS applied for funds from the West Valley Mavericks Foundation, and received $5,000. Those dollars will go toward supporting the STEM Education program at GateWay Community College

“West Valley Mavericks President Jason Khan congratulates S.E.E.4VETS for the fine work they do in the community. This was a very competitive year and S.E.E.4VETS should take this grant as our endorsement of their important work and it’s impact on the community. We appreciate all of the hard working non-profit organizations and we are glad to assist during this especially challenging time.” Khan continues.

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Southwest Veteran Foundation (SWVF), Phoenix, AZ

The SWVF announced grants to six non-profit members of the Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce who provide support to Veterans and their families and who have encountered serious impacts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief among these impacts has been the requirement to cancel fundraising events that annually generate a significant percentage of the resources used to provide direct aid to Veterans and their families and execute their support programs.

Ryan Hilbun, President of the SWVF Board of Directors announced that “$500 grants will be made to six non-profit organizations including S.E.E.4VETS. He added that “we are pleased to be able to support these great organizations who serve our Veterans and their families every day of the year.”
Because of restrictions on non-essential activities and the desire to get needed funds to these organizations quickly, the SWVF will forego its normal practice of awarding these grants in public ceremonies. President Hilbun asks that “all members, supporters, and readers of this release assist us in forwarding this positive message throughout our community.”

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Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV

Several community colleges contacted S.E.E.4VETS to inform the organization how they were handling the closed campus, no classroom instructions and turning to technology to continue the instruction process. Truckee Meadows Community College produced a short video to illustrate online learning for their Veteran Upward Bound student veterans.

Montana State University, Northern, Havre, Montana

The university operates a statewide Veterans Upward Bound project. They were awarded $800/veteran or six veterans, or $4800 in the form of scholarships in academic year 2019-2020. The “bridge funding” serves as a head start for them to enroll at a community college of their choice. In addition, the VUB project will use the additional $2500 award for the Math Tutoring Program at their Technical College.

Rusty Findley, USAF, Lt. Gen. (Ret.), Vice Chairman of the Board, S.E.E.4VETS presented the $7300 check to Greg Kegel, Chancellor, Montana State University, Northern

Mohave Community College, Kingman, AZ

Rusty Findley, Vice Chairman of the Board, USAF, Lt.Gen.(Ret.) and Ray Torres, Chairman of the Board, S.E.E.4VETS had the privilege and honor to present a $12,814 check to Diana Stithem, Interim President, Mohave Community College (MCC) to help fund new Veterans Centers on campuses in Bullhead City, Kingman and Lake Havasu City. The MCC Kingman Veterans Center was created fall 2018. It was so successful that the Lake Havasu City campus and Bullhead City campus Veterans Centers were added spring 2019 with full support from S.E.E.4VETS. Please click on video produced by MCC.

Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV

Rusty Findley, Vice Chairman of the Board, USAF, Lt.Gen.(Ret.) and Ray Torres, Chairman of the Board, S.E.E.4VETS had the privilege and honor to present a $5,000 check to Dr. Karin Hilgersom, President, Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) to fund the Veterans Upward Bound program (VUB). Please click on video produced by TMCC.

Glendale Community College, Glendale, AZ

S.E.E.4VETS has been supporting veteran students at Glendale Community College (GCC) since fall 2015. The math department at GCC offers MAT 108, which is a tutored-structured math class taken concurrent with a regular math course. This type of course is not GI Bill eligible, so it becomes the responsibility of the veteran to pay for the class. With the S.E.E4VETS scholarship, however, the course is paid for. Please click on video produced by Maricopa Colleges TV.