Graduate Management Admissions Council Partners with Student Veterans Group to Increase Number of Veteran MBAs
In an effort to increase the number of military veterans who attend business school and assist those who do, the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) has entered into a partnership with the Student Veterans of American (SVA), the largest student veterans group in the United States, GMAC announced this week.
The partnership between the two organizations is intended to better provide resources and support – including networking opportunities and scholarship funds – to student veterans to help them succeed in management education and beyond.
“SVA has more than 700 chapters, most of whom are undergraduates, and many of them are very interested in pursuing a degree in business,” Joanna Graham, GMAC director of field marketing, said in a statement announcing the new partnership. Several speakers at SVA’s national conference in Orlando last month touted the value of the MBA for military veterans, including keynote speaker U.S. Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, Graham noted.
As part of the new partnership, GMAC will provide presentations at SVA events, include information about veteran-specific initiatives in SVA’s newsletters and communicate details to SVA’s membership about the GMAC MET Fund, which features three grants for veterans attending business school.
“As thousands of veterans earn their undergraduate degrees, we know that countless more will continue their education by pursuing an MBA,” SVA Executive Director Michaal Dakduk said in a statement. “Our partnership with GMAC will help these student veterans become the future leaders of corporate America,” he added.