S2S in the News

Service to School’s ‘Vetlink’ Helps Returning Veterans  Attend Top Colleges in the Country (Huffington Post 10/28/15)

Returning to civilian life after serving in the military, can often be a difficult transition for many veterans. Veterans face a host of questions: where to live; whether to pursue higher education or a job; what type of higher education institution to pursue; how does the GI Bill work, etc. — so finding the right college to attend is just one of the many stresses which many veterans face when returning home.  Read more…

Service to School Empowers Veterans to Enter Top Universities   (OpportunityLives.com 10/19/15)

For nearly 15 years, the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces have given their blood and their lives in overseas missions from Iraq to Afghanistan.

An estimated 2.8 million Americans have voluntarily served in what has become the longest war in U.S. history, and more than 1 million have completed service and returned home during the same period of time. While many of their friends finished high school and went off to college, these men and women answered freedom’s call, and joined the armed forces to serve a cause much greater than themselves.   Read more…

An Unconventional Path to Yale” (Yale Daily News 9/18/15)

From Boots to Books: Student Veterans and the New GI Bill (American Radio Works 9/3/15)

The longest war in American history is drawing to a close. Now, the men and women who served are coming home, and many hope to use higher education to build new, better lives. They have help from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a piece of legislation that many advocates say offers more support to returning veterans than any policy since the original GI Bill of 1944. In this documentary, we explore how the first GI Bill revolutionized the lives of millions of young veterans, America’s institutions of higher education, and American society at large. But America’s economic and academic systems have changed, and veterans today are returning to a very different reality than their predecessors. Listen to the whole radio story.

“Yale Looks to Expand College to Veterans” (Yale Daily News 8/28/15)

In June, the University joined an initiative to bring more high-achieving military veterans to Yale College. The program, titled VetLink, identifies qualified veterans and assists them in navigating the admissions process at top-tier schools. The program is part of a wider organization called Service to School, which provides college counseling to military veterans. Read more.

Organization Offers College Application Tips and Networking Assistance (Military.com 7/29/15)

Life in the military is challenging, but transitioning to the civilian world after service can be the toughest challenge of all. We know that schools and employers can benefit greatly from your military experience. The problem for most veterans is convincing schools and employers of this. Read more. Part II here.

How Veterans Screw Up College (Task and Purpose 7/20/15)

College is the next step for many people leaving the military. As a transition pathway, this makes a lot of sense. Yet somehow a lot of us get lost in the process: going to the wrong school, pursuing the wrong degree, and even failing to graduate. Many veterans fumble during their transition because they view college through a narrow lens, emphasizing a simplistic view of a degree as a “check in the box.” These folks miss out of other opportunities that could substantially improve their lives after service. Read more.

How Traditional Colleges Compete to Enroll Student Veterans (Chronicle of Higher Education 7/16/15)

To many institutions, veterans seem like ideal students: They’re seen as hardworking and driven, and they bring guaranteed tuition money through federal benefits. Read more.

From Service to School: Yale to Partner with Vetlink to Strengthen Pipeline of Veterans to College (Yale News 6/19/15)

Yale University has joined an initiative with Service to School (S2S) to connect high-achieving military veterans with some of the best colleges and universities in the world. Through the program, called VetLink, S2S will identify qualified U.S. military veterans, introduce them to partner colleges, and mentor them through the college search and admissions process. Read more.

Service to School Partner with Williams College to Launch VetLink (Williams News 6/10/15)

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., June 10, 2015—Williams College is among the participating schools in a new initiative by Service to School (S2S) to connect high-achieving veterans with some of the most highly selective colleges and universities. Along with Williams, Cornell University, the University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Smith College, and Yale University are partnering in the new program, called VetLink. Through VetLink, S2S will identify qualified U.S. military veterans, introduce them to partner colleges, and mentor them through the college search and admissions process. Read more.

Press Release: Service to School partners with top colleges to launch VetLink (S2S 6/8/15)

San Francisco, CA (June 8, 2015) — Today, Service to School (S2S) is unveiling VetLink, a new initiative that will connect high achieving veterans with some of the best colleges and universities in the world: the University of Chicago, Cornell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Smith, Williams, and Yale. Through VetLink, S2S will identify qualified U.S. military veterans, introduce them to partner colleges, and mentor them through the college search and admissions process. Read more.

“Students and Money, in Their Own Words” (New York Times, 5/21/15)

The New York Times has published the college application essay of one of our Service to School applicants, Robert Henderson, who is also an alum of our partner Warrior-Scholar Project. Rob worked with S2S ambassador Mike Anderson. Read more.

Service to School: Enabling Veteran Success in Higher Education (VA Blog, 3/11/15)

Veterans are often outsiders to the college system. Many are unaware of options, and even those who are aware do not know how to prepare a winning application. Take one recent example: a young Sgt. Saamon Legoski, who was considering his options when leaving the military. He did okay in high school but not well enough to win admission to any great schools. The natural choice for him was to go to community college. After several community college semesters, he considered other options and had nearly settled on finishing his degree at a for-profit institution…. Read more.

Adventures in Higher Education: A Post-9/11 Veteran’s Long Road to Learning (Medium, 3/9/15)

I sat in the back of a HMMWV, shuttling troops back from a Fort Hood range with the commander and XO of what would be my last active duty unit. I was attempting to be quiet, sitting behind the driver, when the commander realized he had never spoken to me since I joined his troop. Not once. He turned around in his seat and gave me the routine he probably saw in a briefing somewhere: “Sergeant White, are you getting out? What are you plans? Are you a good student?” All in an overly patronizing tone. The final question seemed innocuous enough on the surface, but made my blood boil: “What school do you want to attend?” Read more.

Nonprofit Releases Guidebook to Help Veterans Find the Right College (Stanford Daily, 2/24/15)

Veterans returning from service find themselves in a situation every college student has experienced: wondering how to take the next step. Unlike typical college students, who may have had college counselors, knowledgeable peers and a wide range of resources to help them, returning veterans often find themselves lost without the proper resources to guide them to a successful college education, according to Service to School. Read more.

The Nonprofit Helping Veterans Get Into the Country’s Top Colleges (Task & Purpose, 2/24/15)

As an enlisted soldier in the 3rd Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army, Spc. Sang Ra never dreamed that he would soon be attending a college in the Ivy League. Read more.

An NYU Grad and Strat Consultant Helping Vets Get Into School (Accepted.com 11/13/14)

West Point grad. Iraq war vet. NYU Stern MBA. Engagement Manager and Senior Associate at Strategy&. Co-founder of Service to School.

Gus Giacoman, our guest this week, is a fascinating individual, dedicated to helping vets get into school of all kinds – everything from community colleges to law school, business school and diverse graduate programs. Read more.

Op-Ed: “Fix the New G.I. Bill” (New York Times 11/11/14)

Two S2S co-founders published an op-ed in the New York Times on Veterans Day. Read more.

Veterans on the Farm: Reagan Odhner, Class of 2017 (Stanford Daily 11/11/14)

Reagan Odhner ’17 plans on using her Stanford degree in economics to change the lives of those in developing countries. This idea didn’t come from a mission trip to the Dominican Republic or even a heart-wrenching book about sub-Saharan Africa, but from the time she spent interacting with Afghan communities while on deployment in the Marine Corps. Read more.

Veterans on the Farm: Saamon Legoski, Class of 2016 (Stanford Daily 11/11/14)

Were you to have a class with Saamon Legoski ’16 or sit down with him for lunch, you might think he is your typical Stanford student: a psychology major, creative writing minor, studies hard and works out quite a bit. What you may not realize at first glance, however, is that Legoski is a veteran of the U.S. Army and is currently in his seventh of at least 12 years in the National Reserves. Read more.

Service to School: Helping Veterans Get Into Top Schools(Forbes 10/25/14)

After serving in Iraq together, Tim Hsia and Augusto Giacoman returned home to pursue graduate degrees. Hsia enrolled in a joint law and business degree program at Stanford University in 2010, while Giacoman started business school at New York University in 2009. Both officers’ educations were mostly funded by their education benefits. Read more.

Making the G.I. Bill work for veterans” (New York Times 9/6/12)

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