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Student Veterans of America (SVA) represents 1,500 chapters and 750,000 student veterans from college campuses across the United States and in four countries.
SVA is a Veteran Success Organization, and works on behalf of student veterans at the local, state, and national level, holds training and educational events, awards scholarships, awards funds for veteran centers and grants for chapters, and more. SVA is the expert in higher education policy, and advises and educates others related to higher education and veterans. SVA provides tools and resources for informed decision making, and to enhance and accelerate higher education success, including with partners and collaborators in business and industry, higher education, government, and other non-profit and veteran organizations.
Founded in January of 2008, SVA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization focuses on transitioning service members and veterans to get to, through, and beyond higher education.
How the organization supports veterans
The heart of SVA is the student-led chapter. SVA supports a network of 1,500 schools and over 750,000 student veterans. At the individual level, SVA empowers veterans to be informed consumers of higher education and make the most of the transition to civilian life.
SVA has awarded over $1 million to SVA Scholars since 2011. Thanks to corporate sponsors, SVA is supporting new scholars every semester. View open scholarships.
Train Tomorrow's Leaders
The annual Leadership Institute Series offers online and interactive training webinars via our Chapter Leader Academy culminates with the Leadership Institute, a highly-selective colloquium of SVA's best students. The sessions offer chapter management, budgeting, and strategic planning skills.
Protect the G.I. Bill
SVA is a guardian and steward of the Forever GI Bill. SVA's Government Affairs team advises lawmakers and advocates in eight issue areas such as student debt and STEM fields.
Conduct Groundbreaking Research
The initial Million Records Project (MRP)offered facts to policymakers, service providers, colleges, and the public. SVA has launched two new research initiatives: The National Veteran Education Success Tracker (NVEST)adds education levels, majors and completion rates of Bill recipients and The SVA Spotlight survey provides annual demographic insights.
Plan the SVA Annual National Conference
SVA’s National Conference is the largest annual gathering of student veterans, advocates, thought-leaders, stakeholders, and supporters in higher education in the world. Student veterans, higher education professionals, alumni, and advocates will have the opportunity to learn from more than 2,000 of their peers in Los Angeles on January 3-5, 2020. Learn more.
Develop Sustainable Support
SVA's development team builds corporate partnerships that fund student-veteran success.
Build an Alumni Network
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