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IU Southeast Student Veterans Organization
selected for
Hall of Fame
The Indiana University Southeast Student Veterans Organization
placed second in a statewide student veterans Hall of Fame
IU Southeast joined five other award-winning student
veterans’ organizations (SVOs) on Oct. 27, 2012, to compete
in an invitation-only SVO Hall of Fame Competition aimed at
showcasing the talents and achievements Indiana’s best SVOs.
IU Southeast received an award of $2,000, made possible by
the Lilly Endowment, for their achievements. The money is
granted to help the IU Southeast SVO with development and
ground-breaking programming.
Students presented to a panel of expert judges before a
live audience at the NCAA Hall of Champions in downtown
Indianapolis. The event, organized by the Military Family
Research Institute at Purdue University (MFRI), was the
culmination of previously-held grant competitions sponsored
by Operation Diploma, MFRI’s post-secondary education
initiative. SVO leaders had the opportunity to demonstrate their
achievements, lessons learned and promising practices to the
judging panel, as well as to an audience of their peers, mentors,
and supporters.
Since September 2009, Operation Diploma has sponsored
the Operation Diploma Student Veterans Organization (SVO)
Organizational Plan Competition. The event aims to help SVO
members hone entrepreneurial skills and fund local initiatives
through grants of up to $2,000. Judges evaluated SVO
presentations based on criteria that included quality of mission,
clarity of initiatives, and a commitment to sustainability based
on their presentations. Grants totaling more than $60,000 have
been awarded through these competitions.
SVO Hall of Fame competitors were chosen from the highly-
ranked participants in those events. In addition to the SVO at
IU Southeast, organizations from Ball State University, Ivy Tech
Bloomington, Ivy Tech Sellersburg, Purdue University, and
University of Evansville participated.