FINDING SUCCESS WITH HIGHER EDUCATION
The transition from military to civilian life comes with new challenges: like deciding what’s next and figuring out how to get there. Raytheon is committed to helping military veterans succeed in higher education and beyond.
The company’s multi-year commitment to Student Veterans of America – providing resources, support and advocacy – is part of its strong commitment to military personnel and their families. With a new generation of service members transitioning back to civilian lives, the investment will empower student veterans to reach their higher education and career goals, particularly in high-demand fields like science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
"The commitment, discipline, focus and overall leadership developed by our veterans in service to our country provide a strong foundation for academic and professional success in civilian life," said Thomas A. Kennedy, Raytheon Chairman and CEO. "It is our hope that through our expanded partnership with Student Veterans of America, we will be able to help a new generation of veterans connect their service to rewarding careers."
SVA's nearly 1,300 chapters, run by and for student veterans in all 50 states and four countries, is the world's largest network of student veteran groups. Raytheon's investment and partnership will help SVA's efforts to double the number of chapters nationally.
The partners also cooperate throughout the year on programs to provide career support and mentoring. Raytheon employs more than 10,000 military veterans and works daily with active-duty service members around the world, so it has a special appreciation for their talents and needs.
The company sponsors a number of scholarships, including the Raytheon-SVA Scholarship, presented to student veterans who have demonstrated leadership in their local communities and are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering fields; and the Raytheon Patriot Scholarship, awarded to U.S. Army student veterans pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited university.
Other efforts recognize the unique accomplishments of student veterans, like the special reception that Raytheon sponsors for SVA members and other guests at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, during the NFL’s “Salute to Service.”
It’s all part of Raytheon’s commitment to help service members succeed, whether on the front lines or the home front, said Kennedy, himself a former U.S. Air Force captain.
“Raytheon works to ensure our military personnel can accomplish their mission, return safely –and prosper at homecoming,” he said.