The proposed Dr. Eugene Marsh Center for Veterans and Military Affairs encompasses both the Rider University Veterans Association Lounge as well as the coordinator’s Office. Both spaces are currently in the Canastra Health and Sports Center and accessible to Rider students who are veterans, military, military spouses and the children of military personnel and veterans. The dedicated space provides resources and respite for all military-connected students. The coordinator, as well as student volunteers, assist military-connected students with all things unique to their circumstances such as applying for educational benefits for veterans, military and dependents; navigating the complexities of the various VA programs; and guiding them through their Rider journey. Events and activities are also hosted to promote a healthy, vibrant and integrated military community. As a veteran himself, Eugene Marsh spent a significant amount of time in Rider’s current Veterans Association Lounge and was particularly focused on mentoring and counseling veterans.
We are seeking $100,000 to renovate and rename Rider’s Veterans and Military Affairs Office. The Dr. Eugene Marsh Center for Veterans and Military Affairs will be relocated to a new space in the Bart Luedeke Center.
What If We Raise More than $100,000?
Additional funds will be put toward a Dr. Eugene Marsh Scholarship Award to be given to veterans and individuals affiliated with military affairs with financial need. If more than $25,000 is raised above the $100,000 goal, this Scholarship will be endowed.
What If We Don’t Raise $100,000?
Should the fundraising effort being made (July 2021-November 2021) to raise $100,000 not be achieved, all contributions will be allocated instead toward The Dr. Eugene Marsh (Endowed) Scholarship Award in lieu of the Dr. Eugene Marsh Center for Veterans and Military Affairs. This Scholarship will be provided to veteran and military-connected students at Rider with financial need.