PUC’s student military program receives $100,000 grant

Purdue University Calumet’s From Boots to Books program, which supports academic success and degree persistence by military service members and veterans, has received a $100,000 grant. The grant is the highest awarded this year by Purdue University’s Military Family Research Institute.

Purdue Calumet will use its grant to develop individualized service plans for qualified students, including provision of tutoring and counseling services, orientations and workshops. Additionally, the grant will support such key personnel as a full-time veterans’ specialist and a veterans’ ombudsman during the 2010-11 academic year.

“This grant will enable us to institutionalize From Boots to Books,” Purdue Calumet Assistant Vice Chancellor for Education Opportunity Programs Roy Hamilton said. “Through the hiring of a full-time veterans’ specialist and veterans’ ombudsman, we not only will recruit military service members and veterans to our campus, but also will provide important transitional services for these students. The grant reflects the high level of educational commitment we are demonstrating for military students, veterans and their families.”

The award was made possible through the Operation Diploma initiative, established and funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. to help Indiana colleges and universities bolster efforts to advance academic success and persistence among military students and veterans.

From Boots to Books reaches out to Lake and Porter counties where more than 2,500 veterans live.