GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Active-duty military and veterans will receive enhanced support to pursue their educational goals at Grand Valley State University, thanks to a significant gift from the family of the late former ambassador to Italy, Peter F. Secchia.
The Peter F. Secchia Military and Veterans Program will expand student support and programming at the university, provide career support – including in the transition from military to civilian careers – and support the development of multifunctional spaces, including a presence in downtown Grand Rapids, according to a news release Monday.
Secchia became a notable entrepreneur and philanthropist in Grand Rapids after his own military service.
“Dad would have been pleased that our family can support these men and women who have given so much for all of us,” said Charlie Secchia, Peter’s son. “We are excited about Grand Valley’s plans for the future and excited to be a part of it.”
GVSU will now be able to combine the majority of its resources for military and veterans into one comprehensive program, optimizing current offerings and helping expand programming with new initiatives for veterans, including spouses and dependents, whether they are students or alumni.
“Because of the Secchia family, Grand Valley will be able to provide our military and veteran students with the additional support they need to accomplish their personal, educational and career goals,” said President Philomena V. Mantella. “We thank them for their generous support.”
Back in November, the university announced the GVSU Veteran Promise, which guarantees admission to Grand Valley for enlisted 2021 Michigan high school graduates.