Student Veteran Center
Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans' Services, Francisco Ureña, was on-hand to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Veteran Resource Center at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT). In BFIT’s historic lobby, Sec. Ureña addressed a crowd of student veterans, faculty, and staff members that gathered for the center’s ribbon cutting ceremony. “I congratulate you on behalf of Governor Baker and the 365,000 veterans that call Massachusetts home. Make sure that veterans and families of veterans know about the great work that happens here and how they too can succeed,” he said. “Thank you for starting the Student Veterans of America chapter here at this great school and finding that next path of success for all of our veterans.”
Thanks to a grant from Student Veterans of America (SVA) in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, the center will serve as a private designated space for student veterans to congregate, study, host meetings, and access veteran-related resources. “This initiative will strengthen our student veteran community, attract more veterans to our college, and help solidify our standing as a military friendly college,” said Brett Wellman, BFIT’s Director of Student Life and advisor to the BFIT SVA chapter.
"We are very honored to have student veterans and delighted they brought the Veteran Resource Center to fruition."
- President Anthony Benoit
BFIT was officially named a 2016 Military Friendly® School "for exhibiting leading practices in recruiting and supporting post-military students." The non-profit college has served students pursuing careers in technology since 1908, and has a long history of providing hands-on education programs for U.S. veterans. Today, student veterans are eligible for funding through the Post-9/11 GI Bill and receive other financial incentives that cover the costs for tuition, books, and living expenses. BFIT is also recognized as a Yellow Ribbon college, which enables the college to make additional funds available for veterans without an additional charge to their GI Bill entitlement.
"Members of the armed services understand what it means to participate in something that is bigger than the individual. They set aside their personal goals and needs to bring about a higher aim and a greater good” said BFIT President Anthony Benoit. “We are very honored to have student veterans and delighted that they brought this to fruition."