Walmart donates $10,000 to San Jacinto College Veteran Centers: Donation part of Walmart’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment
05.13.2016 | By Andrea Vasquez
Walmart donated $10,000 to the San Jacinto College Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, as well as an additional $10,000 to Lee College’s veteran student programs, as part of its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment program. The announcement and donation came on Monday, May 9, 2016.
Texas State Representative and U.S. Army veteran Wayne Smith (District 128) coordinated the two donations. He was at the Walmart Supercenter on Spencer Highway Monday afternoon to welcome guests and talk about the importance of supporting veteran student success. Rep. Smith is a champion of military veteran issues and veteran outreach programs in the local community.
“San Jacinto College has dedicated veteran centers that provide so many resources for military veterans,” said Rep. Smith. “They can help veterans apply for financial aid and can help veterans get the education and training they need in order to become successful and productive. I am proud that this local Walmart is reaching out and partnering with San Jacinto College in this worthy effort. It is a step in the right direction because it can help military veterans find successful careers after they have given so much back.”
San Jacinto College South Campus Veteran Success Coordinator Eugene Bernard noted that this donation will help meet some of the current resource needs of the San Jacinto College veteran centers. It will also possibly help fulfill scholarships for student veterans.
“We appreciate the generous donation from Walmart that will allow San Jacinto College to continue its mission to serve those who have served,” said Bernard, who added that the College hopes to use the funds to purchase 3-in-1 printers for each campus veteran center. “The Centers provide complimentary printing to veteran students for printing required materials for their classes, as well as faxing and copying documents for the Department of Veteran Affairs, so industrial-size printers are ideal.”
Bernard said that the College would use any remaining funds for veteran student scholarships to help cover tuition and fees, and the cost of books and supplies, in order to provide assistance to veterans who may not qualify for federal or state benefits aside from VA education benefits.
This past Fall semester, 1,106 veteran students and their dependents enrolled at San Jacinto College using veteran education benefits. In addition, San Jacinto College was named to Victory Media’s Military Friendly Schools List for a sixth time. The Military Friendly Schools List showcases the top 20 percent of U.S. colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s service members, veterans, and spouses. The College is also ranked 22nd on the “Best for Vets” list of two-year colleges by Military Times.
The Walmart Veterans Welcome Home Commitment was launched on Memorial Day 2013. Since then, more than 100,000 new veteran associates have been hired and more than 9,000 have been promoted.
“We are extremely thankful to Walmart for this donation in support of our veteran students, and we appreciate the work of Representative Smith in facilitating the gift and seeing that it came to fruition,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. “We are committed to ensuring that our veteran students and their dependents succeed in college, and this donation will help them as they make the transition back into civilian life.”
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.