King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove joined student veterans at Highline College today to provide $5,000 for veteran peer-support programs.
“Returning to college after serving in our armed forces presents unique challenges – a fact which Highline has recognized and sought to change,” said Councilmember Upthegrove. “I hope this additional support will make the transition back to learning a little easier for our veterans.”
The funds will support the Highline College Foundation Veterans Fund, which provides flexibility to support individual veterans who may face out-of-the-classroom costs that are a barrier to their education. These funds may also provide funding to offer resources that will assist a group of veterans create space and time on campus to gather and participate in peer-supported activities. Funding decisions are made in conjunction with Highline’s Veterans Services office.
“On behalf of student veterans at Highline College, we are excited to put funds from Councilmember Upthegrove to work to help veterans further their education and connect with other veterans through peer-supported programs,” said Josh Gerstman, vice president of Institutional Advancement at Highline College. “We appreciate the efforts of Councilmember Upthegrove and his ongoing advocacy and encouragement for Highline College students.”