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New Grant Salutes Military Veteran Students at UC Blue Ash


Services for military and veteran students at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College are being enhanced thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust.

In response to the increasing number of military and veteran students at UC Blue Ash, the college established a Veteran Student Affairs office in 2013 to better assist them and their immediate family members in navigating all of the educational benefits that come with their military service. There were 110 military and veteran students enrolled at the college for the Fall 2015 semester, compared to just 11 in 2010.

“DAV has remained dedicated to fulfilling the needs of our nation’s veterans for nearly 100 years, and our Trust exists to assist other charitable organizations in their efforts to improve the lives of the men and women who served,” says Richard E. Marbes, President of DAV’s Charitable Service Trust. “It is our hope that providing these funds to UC Blue Ash’s Veteran Student Affairs office will accomplish that very goal.”


The funding will provide financial support to deserving students through scholarships and coverage of certain student fees.  It will also be used to create more events that are specific to military and veteran students.

“We will be able to provide more support to our students in a variety of ways that we just haven’t been able to in the past,” says Dave Frese, coordinator of Veteran Student Affairs at UC Blue Ash.  “This grant is a very important part of our ongoing growth in serving our military veterans and helping them make a smooth transition into, or back into, higher education.”

The funding will also provide for new computers with software for Common Access Cards (CAC), the standard identification card for active duty military personnel. Having this software allows members of the military to access information to their specific education benefits. In the past, adding the software was cost prohibitive and UC Blue Ash administrators had to refer military students to the UC campus in Clifton to use their CAC.

DAV Charitable Service Trust is a not-for-profit charitable organization based out of Cold Spring, Kentucky.  It is dedicated to one, single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. As a grantmaker, the Trust awards financial assistance to organizations offering direct services to benefit ill and injured veterans and their families.

About UC Blue Ash College

UC Blue Ash College is a regional college within the University of Cincinnati. It offers one of the best values in higher education with access to a nationally recognized UC education in nearly 50 degrees and certificates, as well as tuition that is about half of most colleges and universities. The college is located on a scenic 135-acre wooded campus in the heart of Blue Ash, Ohio.