In 2009, ACE and the Walmart Foundation awarded 20 $100,000 grants to colleges and universities operating model programs that advance the veteran community’s access to and success in higher education. The 20 participating campuses used their grants to expand their veteran programs and services and share their practices and successes with other institutions. Learn more about Success for Veterans grants.
The 20 institutions that received the Success for Veterans award grants represent a diverse group of institutions: nine public four-year institutions, eight community colleges, two private four-year institutions, and one consortium. Together, their work encompasses a wide range of initiatives that cover every phase of a successful college experience: enrollment, degree attainment, and career placement. Despite their different bodies of work, nearly all the grantees implemented the following components within their programs: advisory committees, student veteran feedback, and in-kind support.
The following 20 institutions received an ACE/Walmart Success for Veterans award grants:
More than 82,300 service members, veterans, and family members have been impacted in some way by the more than 100 goals set by the 20 participating institutions. As these success stories and promising practices continue to be shared, the number of individuals benefiting from the Success for Veterans Award grants is expected to grow exponentially. The Walmart Foundation, ACE, and the grantee campuses are committed to disseminating their lessons and recommendations through presentations, webinars, meetings, and other approaches.
In 2011, ACE released a report entitled, "Promising Practices in Veterans Education," detailing the outcomes and recommendations that emerged from the two-year Success for Veterans award grants.