Daemen Receives Federal Grant to Support Student Veterans

By | April 18, 2023

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced Daemen University will receive a three-year federal grant of $575,697 from the U.S. Department of Education to help veterans achieve their academic goals. The grant will be awarded through the Centers of Excellence for Veterans Student Success (CEVSS) program and will provide critical support for the university’s student veteran population from enrollment to graduation.

“As veterans transition from the intensity of military service, it’s important to provide the support they need and deserve to thrive in civilian and academic life,” Daemen President Gary A. Olson said. “This grant through the U.S. Department of Education will allow Daemen University to establish a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success program. In doing so, we can ensure all veterans attending Daemen have access to the resources they need for a successful academic journey.”

This three-year federal grant will allow the institution to implement a Centers of Excellence for Veterans Student Success program that will provide student veterans with services that address their academic, financial, physical, and social needs while they complete their degree. Daemen is one of just 14 grantees across the country.

“This award shows Daemen University’s continuous efforts towards serving our veteran community and providing them with exceptional services along their journey towards achieving their higher education goals and overcoming all the barriers that veteran students experience along the way,” said Mark Martinez, director of veteran and veteran family services. 

In March, Daemen was awarded $1.5M from Foundation 214 to create the new Accelerated Business Online Veteran Education (A.B.O.V.E) program, an expedited New York State Education Department approved online bachelor of science in Business Administration degree program. 

Construction is also slated to begin next month on a new Veterans Resource Center in the business building. It will complement the services and support offered through the Nancy Haberman Gacioch Veterans Center already on campus located in Duns Scotus Hall.