Veteran Success Office

The Veteran Success Office (VSO) is committed to helping student veterans achieve academic success by providing resources, counseling and peer-to-peer networking.

Our goal is to assist veterans, service members and dependents efficiently and effectively as they transition into and through college, by providing students the tools they need to be successful. The VSO provides support services and serves as a liaison to external support services for student veterans and military-connected students. 

The VSO is able to help veterans prepare for admission to Whittier College, apply for financial aid and GI Bill benefits, and secure funding through sources like the Yellow Ribbon Program or scholarships. 

Whittier College  and the Veteran Success Office are not affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs. For questions regarding payments, please call 888.442.4551.

Ahmanson Veteran Fellowship

Unique to Whittier College, the Ahmanson Veteran Fellowship (AVF) gives student veterans the opportunity to engage in a substantial undergraduate research project with a faculty mentor for a semester, academic year, or summer term. Each fellow receives a stipend to pursue a research topic that will continue through the year. The AVF provides undergraduate student veterans with research experience that will augment their resume and prepare for a career in any field. 

Student Veteran Organization

Extracurricular involvement is an important part of the college experience and the Whittier College Student Veteran Organization (WCSVO) provides engagement and community to student veterans. The WCSVO serves as an advocacy group for critical student veteran issues on and off campus. Additionally, the group aims to create strong, lifelong bonds through respect, friendship, team building, leadership development, and social interactions. From time to time, the WCSVO offers opportunities to travel to conferences and leadership summits where students meet student veterans from across the country.

Campus Resources  

Student Veteran Child Care Support Program 

Understanding that student veterans often carry parenting responsibilities, the Ahmanson Veteran Childcare Support program provides financial assistance to help cover childcare costs. 

Student Veteran Emergency Fund

Unforeseen expenses sometimes arise during the academic year. In order to minimize the negative impact these expenses may have on a student's schoolwork, Whittier manages a student veteran emergency fund. 

For information on any of the programs or listed on this page, contact the Veteran Success Office.

Location

Office of Equity and Inclusion
Campus Center, First Floor

Hours

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Staff

Paulo Iparraguirre M.A.
Veteran Success Office Coordinator
562.907.5176
veterans@whittier.edu