Student Veterans of America (SVA) announced the launch of three new scholarships made possible through partnerships with premier national and global corporations. As part of their commitment to veteran success, these leading companies have teamed up with SVA to help alleviate the financial burden shouldered by many veterans in higher education.
Find out if you’re eligible to apply, and start reaching for your educational goals:
- The Rockwell Collins-SVA Wounded Veteran Scholarship will award five (5) scholarships to wounded student veterans in the amount of $5,000 each.Deadline is February 28, 2014.
- The SVA-NBCUniversal Scholarship will award two (2) $12,000 scholarships to veterans pursuing degrees in film, television, media, or communications. Deadline is March 14, 2014.
- The Disney-SVA Scholarship will award three (3) scholarships at $10,000 each to student veterans pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Deadline is April 01, 2014.
And for another educational assistance option, check out www.moaa.org/scholarship. You’ll find information on MOAA’s interest-free loans and grants. But hurry, the deadline to apply for the 2014-2015 school year is March 3 at noon EST!
Application period closes this Friday, January 17, 2014!
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the launch of the 2014 Secretary’s Honors Program (SHP) Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative (CSVI) for college students. CSVI is an opportunity for college students to gain invaluable hands-on experience by working directly with DHS cybersecurity professionals on a variety of tasks. These volunteer assignments provide students with rich hands-on experience within participating DHS Components through challenging work projects, real-life scenarios, and mentoring from cybersecurity professionals. The assignments are designed for students attending 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities.
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About Student Volunteer Opportunities
There are over 100 student volunteer opportunities available in more than 60 DHS office locations in multiple states at the following DHS Components: U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration, the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, the DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer, and additional state and major urban area fusion centers and ICE labs.
The application process for the 2014 SHP CSVI started on Monday, December 16, 2013, and will end on Friday, January 17, 2014. The announcement detailing application requirements is posted on USAJOBS Web site and is accessible through the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/356670600.
Please note: Students are strongly encouraged to apply early. To make placements as early as April 2014, locations receiving high interest may opt to begin reviewing applications the week of January 13, 2014 received from eligible students on or before January 13, 2014. Applications received after January 13th will still be accepted, but may not be referred for consideration unless a location has placements remaining.
The fact that many veterans ultimately leave their initial post-military job is well known, but the reasons behind this attrition and the ways employers can best increase retention have yet to be quantified. In order to gather the necessary data, VetAdvisor® and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) today launched a nationwide Veterans Job Retention Survey.
The Veterans Job Retention Survey focuses on determining the reasons why veterans leave their initial post-military jobs. Because this data has not been previously captured, the survey will provide insight into how organizations can best structure their veteran-centric employee programs. All interested veterans and service members are encouraged to participate in the survey.
The Veterans Job Retention Work Survey will be conducted online at www.retainingvets.org with a goal of recruiting 5,000 participants.
Read the full press release, “National Veterans Retention Work Survey Launched; IVMF and VetAdvisor® Partner to Gather Retention Data” for more information on the survey and partnership.
MOAA partnered with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) to conduct a study last fall on military spouse employment issues. The results of that study are set to be announced at the end of February. Visit www.moaa.org/milspousesurvey for more information and survey results as they’re released.
Houston is the No. 1 place in the nation for veterans to find civilian employment, according to a new study commissioned by USAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program.
The 2013 “Best Places for Veterans: Jobs” list identifies U.S. metro areas that offer America’s new generation of veterans more opportunities to find a military skill-related job. The top 10 list includes:
- Oklahoma City
- Austin, Texas
- Norfolk, Va.
- Tampa, Fla.
- Salt Lake City
- Orlando, Fla.
- Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
USAA, a leading financial services provider focused on serving the military community and their families, and Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, commissioned Sperling’s BestPlaces to develop the lists. Researchers reviewed variables for 379 major U.S. metropolitan areas, including:
- Employment opportunities in the top industries employing post-9/11 veterans, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor (March 2013).
- Overall job climate based on unemployment rate and recent job growth.
- Presence of colleges/universities.
- Access to Veterans Affairs hospitals and health resources.
USAA and Hiring Our Heroes also commissioned lists of the top metro areas for veterans to find employment in medium and small markets. To see the lists and access the Best Places for Veterans tool to create a customized list of best places, visit usaa.com/bestplaces.
Find out if your state is doing all it can to improve quality of life for military people — retirees, veterans, spouses, and children! MOAA’s 2013 State Report Card evaluates several key indicators of military friendliness in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The result is a handy resource and a compass for state-level advocacy in this free download.
Our friends at Military.com have recently upgraded their online Transition Center to include a “Design Your Personalized Transition Action Plan” option.
Some of their new, featured transition plans include:
- Separate from Active Duty
- Separate from Reserve or National Guard
- Retire from Military Service
The transition from a military to civilian career is often a long process, but they’ve got you covered every step of the way.
And if you’re looking for additional resources for your transition, including interactive online interview practice, networking events and career fairs and personal career counseling, check out MOAA’s own Transition Center!