Students returned from spring break to find that the Scott building center was torn up and surrounded by orange construction fencing.
“The courtyard was not originally designed in a way conducive to students gathering. One of our goals is to make it into a nice place for students to hangout,” Director of Residence Life Tim Young said.
The Scott courtyard will not only become a residing place for students. It will also serve as a symbol of honoring veterans. Vanguard University is built on the former Santa Ana Air Base. Vanguard’s trained military chaplains have served in WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq.
The courtyard will be a symbol of appreciation and devotion to continue to honor the service of military personnel and veterans. It will be a way to remember the past as well as honor the present.
Vanguard is a Yellow Ribbon University, which means that there is an agreement between Vanguard and the Veterans Administration to award scholarships to qualified students to fund tuition and fees that exceed benefits available under the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008. The agreement states that the Veterans Administration will match Vanguard University’s scholarship contribution.
Vanguard is committed to serving veterans through academics, by administering a Christ-centered education; community, offering peer to peer relationships, professor-student mentors, and professional development; resources, including counseling services, the Yellow Ribbon Program, family support and referrals, and career development, with the Career Center that provides personal care.
“I think it’s great what they’re doing. It is just a bad first impression of the school if prospective students do not know what is going on there,” Office of Admissions student worker Emilee DeAngelis said.
In the new courtyard,there will be an eagle statue with a plaque. The expected date of completion of The Veterans Courtyard of Honor is June 7, where there will be a ceremony for all those who were a part of making this possible.
“This is not only an amazing way to show veterans that we thank them and appreciate them for their acts of service, but also it is a great thing for Vanguard University as a whole because Veterans are such an important part of the diversity of the student body,” Young said.