LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Signed by Presidents of California independent schools ranging from small liberal arts colleges to large universities, One More Veteran Pledge is a necessary call-to-action to higher education institutions nationwide.
In this unprecedented circumstance twenty-four private colleges and universities, all recipients of the Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative (AVSI), pledged to: recognize veterans as assets to their educational communities; find ways to quantify four years of service to country; and apply the individual achievements of veterans in the college admissions process. The pledge demonstrates the schools commitment to “Do everything in our power to admit one more veteran in the coming year than we did in the last year.”
Not since WWII has there been a concerted effort to recruit veterans to private schools – most especially select private schools whose veteran enrollment numbers need improvement. Standard admission guidelines, based on current SAT scores and high school GPA’s, put veteran student applicants at a competitive disadvantage.
University of Southern California, Art Center College of Design, Cal Tech and Occidental College are among participating AVSI schools. “College admissions should treat veterans like national assets, similar to prized athletic recruits,” says AVSI architect William H. Ahmanson, President of The Ahmanson Foundation. “These twenty-four California schools are leading what we hope to be a shift in admissions processes across the nation. With prominent ads in The New York Times, Internet, radio and social media during admissions season, we have an opportunity to raise awareness, lead by example and effect change, and send a very important message to eligible veterans: we want you on our campuses and in our classrooms. As Senator Elizabeth Dole reminds us: 'Our service members selflessly risk their lives to protect every American… every American should play a part in ensuring that our veterans…receive the support they have so nobly earned.'”
The AVSI provides funds to twenty-four California independent colleges and universities. Funds are specifically used to recruit, retain, educate and graduate student veterans.
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