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Operation Higher Education #BroncoVeterans

$2,260
141%
Raised toward our $1,600 Goal
14 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on December 05, at 10:00 AM MST
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We did it!

December 05, 2017

Wow! Thank you all so much! We hit our goal and surpassed it by a lot! We couldn't have done it without you and your support.

 

We can't wait to start putting this money to good use for the veterans on campus. We have already started by providing food to veterans during the dreaded "deadweek" when students are studying like crazy for finals. There are sandwiches, pizza, chili, and other snacks on order to feed everyone this week so they can power through to the end of the semester and get awesome grades.

 

Bringing veterans together and building that community is pivotal to keeping veterans on campus. With events and assistance from PAVE advisors we can bring them in and let them know that support is here for them. Addressing their issues and concerns is a top priority and our events and outreach are pivotal to getting the message out. These funds are going to help us pull off that massive effort and work to provide veterans a sense of belonging that drives them to finish their education and succeed in their goals.

 

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting veterans and their education here at Boise State University.

Over half way!

November 10, 2017

Wow! We are already at 60%! We are over half way there after only a week! Thank you to everyone who has shared and contributed up to this point! We are so grateful that people are engaging and willing to provide support to help veterans at Boise State obtain their degree, but there is still lots of work left to do! Please remember to make a gift to our project if you haven’t already, and please keep sharing!

Fighting Impostor Syndrome

Another barrier to success for many new student veterans is impostor syndrome. Veterans had been fulfilling their missions and completing operations for the last many years. Transitioning to calculus, term papers, and research can be an absolute struggle. It takes time and a lot of work to get back in the swing of things, but it also requires encouragement. When sitting amongst peers in class who have been doing coursework for the last 12 years it can feel like you do not belong. It can feel like you are not smart enough to be here because everyone else understands the material just fine.

PAVE advisers know that they will understand the material and that it just takes time! It is not easy to get back into the academic mindset. By linking new students with senior students, they not only have a resource at hand but they can see that they do belong here! Sharing those experiences amongst each other provides encouragement and evidence that they do belong and they will be successful! As student veterans ourselves, we have been there and we know how it feels! That shared connection and experience helps build strong bonds. When veterans continue their education, they not only belong but also excel! Veterans have a higher GPA than the national average (3.35 vs. 2.94), and have a higher graduation rate than similar non-traditional peers (Student Veterans of America, 2017). We have to make sure we are doing our best to keep them on campus and help them to succeed!

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$10

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!

$25

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.

$50

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.

$100

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.

$250

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.

$500

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.