Student Veterans of America and Raytheon have partnered to provide three (3) $10,000 STEM scholarships to student veterans pursuing engineering degrees or a degree in a closely related field. These student veterans have the potential to fill a critical skills gap plaguing the nation and usher in a new generation of technological advancements. This partnership will support the professionals that are well equipped to answer the challenges of tomorrow.

The 2014 Raytheon-SVA Scholarship application will open July 4, 2014 and remain open until October 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. Student veterans must complete an online application, answer two essay questions, attach the required documents, and have one letter of reference be submitted prior to the deadline to be considered.

Eligibility

All successful candidates must:

  • Be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of undergraduate study, or be enrolled in a graduate program for the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Be attending full-time at an accredited four-year university in the United States
  • Be pursuing an engineering degree or a degree in a closely related field, as listed below
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and passion for their chosen field of study
  • Demonstrate leadership and engagement in their community
  • Be a current student veteran, as proven by a DD 214 and transcript
  • Have received an honorable discharge, or be in good standing with his/her branch of service

Closely related fields include:

  • Software Engineering / Computer Science / IT
  • Computer Engineering
  • Cyber Security / Network Security
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

 

Essay

Please provide answers to the following two essay questions (maximum of 300-500 words per essay). Your word document should include your name and clearly specify each answer by number.

1. What sparked your interest in your chosen field of study? What do you hope to accomplish with your degree?  In your answer, please describe how your experiences have influenced the goals you have for yourself.

2. Please provide 1-2 examples of how you have demonstrated leadership.  Explain how you were influential and what you were trying to achieve.  These need not be demonstrated through formal or traditional leadership roles.  Think broadly and examine the many ways you are having an effect on the members of your technical community, your chapter, your university, or your broader community.

Letters of Reference

You must arrange for one letter of reference be emailed directly to SVA at scholarships@studentveterans.org. The email should contain in the subject, “2014 Raytheon-SVA Scholarship Letter of Reference for (Provide Your Name)”.  Letters can also be mailed to:

Student Veterans of America
c/o Raytheon-SVA Scholarship Committee
1625 K Street NW Suite 320
Washington, DC  20006

All letters of recommendation must be sent by the author, signed by the author, and be on official letterhead.

Additional Materials

A complete application must include:

  • Current copy of your Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Unofficial copy of current university transcript updated for the most recently completed semester
  • One letter of reference from a professor, adviser or supervisor
  • Responses to the 2 essay questions
  • DD 214, Certificate of Discharge

Questions

Should you have any questions, or experience any problems, please submit a contact form so an SVA team member may help you.

 

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Veterans may soon have easier access to government-paid health care under a bill President Barack Obama signed into law Thursday, the government’s most sweeping response to date to a public uproar over systemwide problems that have rocked the Veterans Affairs Department.

With service members, lawmakers and military leaders looking on, Obama put his pen to the bill at Fort Belvoir, an Army base south of Washington, where he held up the legislation as a rare example of Republicans and Democrats working together effectively. Denouncing delays in care for veterans as wrong and outrageous, Obama said the government would keep moving ahead with urgent reforms to ensure veterans have the care they’ve earned.

“This will not and cannot be the end of our effort,” Obama said. “We have to make sure the VA system can keep pace with the new demands.”

The $16.3 billion measure allows the Veterans Affairs Department to hire thousands of doctors, nurses and other health professionals at the VA’s nearly 1,000 hospitals and outpatient clinics nationwide. Under the new law, employment rules will be revised to make it easier to fire senior VA executives judged to be negligent or performing poorly.

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For more information see the following website; http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/07/obama-to-sign-veterans-health-care-overhaul/

Friday, 01 August 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Congress passed historic legislation that will give the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) critical tools to carry out their mission of providing veterans and their families with access to care and benefits. Student Veterans of America’s (SVA) President and CEO, D. Wayne Robinson, hailed the comprehensive measure’s passage as a step towards accountability within the VA.

“This week, Congress has made it clear that they are serious about providing for our nation’s veterans,” said Robinson. “Tuesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Robert McDonald as the new Secretary of the VA, and today they hand him the keys to begin a reformation process that is long overdue.”

The broad measure includes language that would grant in-state tuition to veterans attending public institutions, extend the Post-9/11 GI Bill to dependents of service-members killed in action, and increase accountability in a VA overwhelmed by scandal, a move that aims to restore public trust in the department.

“We applaud the long-time efforts of Chairman Miller in the House and the push for a comprehensive measure from Chairman Sanders in the Senate,” said Robinson. “We look forward to continuing our work with both leaders and all of Congress, as well as Secretary McDonald to ensure that every facet of this measure is used to its fullest potential. This is a big step, but it’s only the first.”

http://studentveterans.org/media-news/press-releases/253-congress-passes-veterans-access-and-accountability-act.html

Colleagues and Fellow Veterans,

This is one of my longer notes … concerning the new Transition Assistance Program…. If not remotely interested please delete now .. For most, however, it might prove to be beneficial.  What you will see below is an amazing transformation of what is now being done for separating Servicemembers.

There have been extensive changes in the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) for those Servicemembers leaving the military.  Gone are ‘death by PowerPoint’ presentations.  In its place is an interagency (Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Labor (DOL), Small Business Administration (SBA)) Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success) program. This five to seven day event, generally within 180 days of separation, has established Career Readiness Standards for every transitioning Servicemember regardless of Service. For those of you who have already separated, we’ll tell you how you can see the new program and what you may have missed.

This mandatory interagency Transition GPS program is broken down into several different segments:

  • An overview.  A military occupational codes crosswalk, resilient transition overview, and financial planning seminar conducted by the Services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard).  This training provides the foundational pieces for a successful transition.

 

  • Employment Workshop.  A three-day Employment Workshop conducted by DOL addresses factors that contribute to successful employment transition, as well as challenges that may interfere with work performance.  The intent is to provide transitioning Servicemembers with the skills needed to find and maintain a private or public sector civilian job.
  • VA Benefits Brief.  A two-segment Benefits Brief by VA informs transitioning Servicemembers of their Veterans benefits options to include information on education, health care, life insurance, home loans, VA disability compensation, and the eBenefits portal. In addition, VA provides individual assistance to address specific questions about benefits, help with filing claims, and establish a profile on the Veteran’s Employment Center.
  • A Capstone event, conducted before a Servicemembers’ transition from military service and sponsored by the Services, confirms all objectives of the Career Readiness Standards have been met and a viable plan to successfully achieve transition goals has been established.  Representatives from DOL, VA, SBA, and other community organizations attend the CAPSTONE event to ensure Servicemembers connect with the proper resources as they become Veterans.

Servicemembers may also select and participate in optional two-day Transition GPS tracks as well which include:

 

  • The DoD-sponsored Education Track in which Servicemembers intending to pursue a college education receive guidance to prepare for the college application process by identifying an education goal, exploring education funding, and researching and comparing institutions.  Upon completing the education track, Servicemembers will be prepared to submit an application to an academic institution, schedule a session with a counselor from the institution, and connect with a Student Veterans Organization on campus.
  • The VA-sponsored Career Technical Training Track workshop assists transitioning Servicemembers and their spouses to identify civilian occupations, establish career goals, and begin applications for credentials and vocational training. Servicemembers pursuing further technical training will receive guidance and help in selecting schools and technical fields with an emphasis on such topics as selection of a reputable career and technical training school, the application process from start to finish, and how to use certification finder web tools and other web tools that identify licensed occupations.
  • The SBA-sponsored Entrepreneurial Track, in which Servicemembers pursuing self-employment in the private or non-profit sector will learn about the challenges faced by entrepreneurs, the benefits and realities of entrepreneurship, and the steps toward business ownership.  Upon completing the Entrepreneurship track, Servicemembers will have developed the initial components of their business plan and after completing an optional eight-week online course, will be connected with a small business owner to mentor and guide them through their business start-up.

It is never too early, or too late, to make plans for the future. Servicemembers, Veterans, and their spouses can view and re-visit valuable Transition GPS information and resources at any time, pre- or post-transition, by accessing the curriculum through the eBenefits website (another shameless pitch to sign up for eBenefits). If you have specific questions about Transition GPS or VA benefits and services, or wish to attend a VA Benefits Briefing or Career Technical Training Track, contact your local Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Manager, by visiting http://www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil/.

I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to also remind you about our integrated employment tool, the Veterans Employment Center (VEC), in the eBenefits portal.  The VEC was developed to put America’s current and former military personnel and their families in the job search driver’s seat by translating and matching their extensive training and experience with available jobs. Additionally, the VEC provides employers who are seeking to leverage the skills and talents of those who have served our county to ability to search thousands of Veterans profiles – leveraging eBenefits as the validator that they are searching through actual Veteran profiles.

I encourage you to utilize and inform others about the Veterans Employment Center which can be found at: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/jobs

 

V/R

 

 

Curtis L. Coy

Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity

Veterans Benefits Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

 

Please remember:

 

If you would like to review prior messages sent through this listserv, click

http://benefits.va.gov/vow/economic_opportunity.htm.

 

If you would like to research, find, access, and, in time, manage your VA benefits and personal information please visit and/or register at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal.

 

If you would like to contact us about your VA education benefits:

 

You can send us a secure email that will usually be answered within 48 hours. You can also search for answers to frequently asked questions and register to be notified of any updates to the information. This contact method is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can also be utilized worldwide. Click here to enter the “Ask A Question” site or here to review our frequently asked questions.

 

You can call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551). This line only accepts calls from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM central time Monday – Friday

Fellow Veterans and Family Members,

After 38 years in The Army, I am now honored and privileged to serve as your Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA remains committed to providing the high quality benefits you have earned and deserve.

Allegations of VA employees’ misconduct have surfaced over the last several weeks, beginning with scheduling delays at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. As I testified before Congress on May 15, I take any allegations about patient safety or employee misconduct very seriously. The reports of Veterans’ negative experiences while seeking VA care are of great personal concern to me. I fully agree with President Obama’s statement on May 21, 2014: “If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful . . . .”

The 2014 OSU Hoops for the Troops is a youth 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Oregon State University taking place this Memorial Day. All profits from the event will be donated to two funds of the Benton County Foundation that benefit veterans. Check out the “Charity ” page to find out more.
More information about the event can be found on the their website.

OSU Hoops for the Troops

Future officers of the U.S. Armed Forces assembled in military formation and stood at attention at the start of the annual Joint Services Review at Oregon State University on Friday morning. When the battalions began to march across the parade ground, more than 100 spectators – family, friends, and military veterans – greeted them on the other side, smiling and snapping photos. To read the rest of the article go to the Gazette Times website; http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/defazio-speaks-to-future-military-officers-at-rotc-review/article_7b7c193a-d243-11e3-be68-001a4bcf887a.html

Calling OSU undergraduate students!  PROMISE Internship applications for summer 2014 are now available online.  Applications are due March 22, 2014.  Apply today!

Are you looking for a paid summer internship that is more than just a job?

Want to gain skills to be competitive in the workforce after you graduate?

PROMISE is a ten-week developmental internship program designed for OSU undergraduate students designed to provide professional or technical paid work experience and mentoring at OSU, state, and local agencies.  Historically under-represented students are encouraged to apply.  For more information and program requirements:  http://oregonstate.edu/oei/promise/interns

Please attend PROMISE Summer Internship info and application support sessions to learn more. 

INFO & APPLICATION SUPPORT SESSIONS

Thursday, March 6, 2-4 pm; and Wednesday, March 12, 12:30-2:30 pm

Location: Native American Longhouse

General info:

- 10 weeks; 40 hours per week; begins

- $10/hr internships in OSU campus departments and in local community

- Possible positions include: graphic art, web design, agriculture, youth development, research and more

Some benefits of being a PROMISE intern include:

- Increase your professional toolkit

- Build confidence in the workplace

- Develop your networking skills

- Gain from a meaningful experience

- Belong to a learning community of interns

To apply to be a sponsor for an intern please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/promise/sponsors

The PROMISE program is sponsored by Intercultural Student Services and the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

For more information or inquiries, please contact: charlene.martinez@oregonstate.edu

The Associated Students of Oregon State University (ASOSU), University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS), INTO University Partners, New Student Programs & Family Outreach, and the OSU Office of the Dean of Student Life, are working together to present the first annual OSU Off-Campus Housing Expo. The expo is to be held March 6th from 11am-3pm in OSU’s Memorial Union Ballroom. The expo will be a chance for property managers to showcase their businesses and prospective properties to students; for Corvallis and Benton County civic agencies to provide students with relevant information about responsibly living in our community

 If you are interested in accessing and applying for other VA benefits such as medical, disability, VA home loan information, etc., come see the new Benton County VSO, Mary Newman.  Mary will be on campus in my office (Registrar Office) the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month 1:00 to 4:00. Mary’s first day on campus will be Thursday, March 6, 2014.  If you are interested in an appointment please call Mary at 541-758-1595 or email  mnewman@ocwcog.org.   

GB