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Four UTSA student veterans earn grants to support their higher-ed journeys | UTSA Today | UTSA

“We strive to go beyond a simple ‘thank you for your service’ and do everything possible to make the student veteran journey at UTSA a rewarding, satisfying and overall outstanding experience,” said Michael Logan ’10, M.Ed. ’11, Ph.D. ’19, Marine Corps veteran and UTSA’s senior director of veteran and military affairs. “We can’t thank the Grunt Style Foundation enough for these grants and helping us in our mission to provide comprehensive support for UTSA’s military-affiliated students.”

A check for $5,000 was presented to the students on October 14 at the Center for Military Affiliated Students at the John Peace Library, and each recipient stressed the importance of this financial support as they pursue their degrees at UTSA.

Baker is an Air Force veteran who came to UTSA to study psychology with the ultimate goal of becoming a therapist. “I found a passion for helping people with mental health and substance abuse issues and wanted to learn how to do more to help these people,” Baker said. She’ll use the grant funding to pay for books for the upcoming semester and cover personal expenses while she attends UTSA full-time.

Carter is a psychology major who was also inspired to improve the mental health of his peers. “I have witnessed too many brothers and sisters in arms suffering with various mental disorders. My goal is to be there to help them,” he said. Carter, an Army veteran, will use the grant funding to help pay for childcare costs as he attends UTSA.

Martinez’s path to the university had a few more twists and turns. He originally applied to UTSA in 2013, but ultimately joined the Army, where he reached the rank of sergeant in less than two-and-a-half years. Upon the end of his term of service, he began a construction company that exclusively employed veterans. Looking to expand upon his engineering knowledge and professional development, he applied to UTSA again. “I was accepted and was overjoyed to begin my major college career at such a great university, pursuing a mechanical engineering degree,” he said. The grant will help him cover utilities and other personal expenses.

Williams is taking classes at UTSA to continue her education in nursing, a career for which she has long been passionate. “Due to the unfortunate circumstances of the pandemic, I felt that I would be the most helpful to my community and society as a whole in the nursing field,” she said. Williams will use the financial assistance to pay for tuition and associated fees.