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Operation Higher Education #BroncoVeterans

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Project ended on December 05, at 10:00 AM MST
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Operation Higher Education #BroncoVeterans

Operation Higher Education #BroncoVeterans PonyUp campaign has closed, but you can still make a gift and support the program!

Just visit and use FR188 in the Fund ID space.


Boise State is home to about 1300 student veterans pursuing their education.

That is a staggeringly huge number of veterans for a university. Transitioning out of the military and into higher education can be an immensely difficult process. Veterans face unique challenges on campus and need a support structure dedicated to their needs. Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) is a volunteer, student veteran-run organization on campus that works to provide the resources necessary for veterans to reach their academic goals and become successful graduates of Boise State University.

PAVE provides peer advising for student veterans by student veterans. We pair up junior and senior students with incoming freshman veterans to make sure student veterans get the support they need to achieve their academic goals. Social support is often overlooked, but is a critical component to feeling connected and valued as a student.

We are raising funds with this PonyUp campaign to support our special events and outreach efforts.

Building a community of shared experiences

One of the biggest reasons veterans stop pursuing their education is a lack of connection to the campus community. It is not easy leaving a tight and cohesive environment only to come to campus and feel isolated. The reasons for feeling this way are not intentional, but they exist regardless. As veterans and non-traditional students, there is both an age gap and a life experience gap.

PAVE has been working diligently to build a community of veterans on campus. By making connections with upperclassmen student veterans working as peer advisors it reassures the new student veterans that they are not alone here.

Your donation will help us with special events and outreach efforts

PAVE works hard to provide opportunities for veterans to come together and connect as a group. PAVE also seeks to provide opportunities for student veterans to decompress or relieve stressors that are common among veterans.

  • Monthly Outreach – A chance to host veterans for community connection and networking
  • Holiday Meals – We host large holiday potlucks at the veteran’s services center for the many dislocated veterans, who have no family in the area to share holidays with. 
  • Outdoor Activities – We’ve held nerf wars on campus to get veterans and the broader campus population together for some fun. We’ve also hosted inflatable obstacles courses and battle balls.
  • Family Tickets to the Zoo and Discovery Center – School keeps students busy and they don’t always get to spend quality time with their family. Money is often a top concern for veterans so we work to provide tickets for veterans to decompress and enjoy some time with the family in a fun and learning environment.
  • Sponsor a family for the holidays – This year, we will sponsor student veterans and provide a very happy holidays for them. Their gifts will be purchased on our behalf to try and ease the financial burdens many veterans face. The more money we raise the more families we can support.
  • Finals Relief – Veterans love being fed, and it’s a great way to get people together especially during stressful times like finals. So during finals week, we provide food every day to make it easier for students to study.
  • Tailgates – We love bronco football, PAVE hosts several tailgates in the fall before home games to bring veterans together and enjoy some finger foods, talk football, and make connections,

Thank you for your support! If you would like to learn more or become involved with PAVE, please contact Nicholas Carter (

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No more MREs!

Every semester PAVE hosts many events to bring veteran students together and establish a community. From monthly gatherings to finals relief, PAVE comes through with the goodies (pizza, donuts, sandwiches, cupcakes!) to keep veteran students happy and ready to hit the books. Your $10 donation will feed two student veterans at one of our events!


Making campus connections.

PAVE came to Boise State in the fall of 2016 when faculty realized the benefit of advisers and peer support for veterans on campus. Sometimes sitting down for coffee with a fellow student veteran who cares is all it takes to keep veterans connected to campus. Your $25 donation will fund these conversations and take the financial burden off the student veteran advisers.


Family R&R

Pursuing higher education while supporting a family is very difficult. Spending quality time with the family is important to a student veteran's well being. Your $50 donation will go towards providing families with tickets to places like the Boise Zoo and Discovery Center, so that families can enjoy and learn something new together.


A different kind of uniform.

As a volunteer organization our advisers sacrifice a lot and we don't want an additional financial burden to be among them. Your $100 donation will go towards providing shirts, hats, or other branding for our advisers that is currently paid for out of pocket.


Fund a tailgate!

At Boise State we love our football! Let's continue building our student veteran community here at Boise State by bringing veterans together and enjoying football! Your $250 donation will fund an entire tailgate in the fall by providing food and entertainment before the game at the veteran's services center.


Happy Holidays for Heroes

Your $500 donation goes towards providing a student veteran in need, and their family, a wonderful holiday gift. PAVE will sponsor a student veteran family and purchase their holiday gifts with this amazing contribution.