JPMorgan Chase gift to expand academic support for UCCS military students

Maura Cordova, JPMorgan Chase, (602) 221-1028 maura.cordova@chase.com Tom Hutton, UCCS, (719) 255-3439, thutton@uccs.edu

Editor’s note:  Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend a 1 p.m. March 6 campus reception celebrating the gift. Please contact Tom Hutton for details.

military studentCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — JPMorgan Chase & Co. recently awarded a gift of $165,000 to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs to be used to support military veterans and service members as they transition from active duty to academic life.

The gift will enable the campus to expand its services for veterans through specialized faculty and staff training, customized student orientations and the addition of staff to help guide veterans to graduation.

“We are greatly appreciative of this support for the approximately 1,600 active military, veterans and their families who use military education benefits on our campus,” Phillip Morris, director,  Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs, said.

Morris, himself a U.S. Army veteran, said military veterans can experience stress, anxiety and a host of service-connected medical and administrative issues in the transition to civilian life. Adjusting to an academic environment can be difficult.

JPMorgan Chase will fund specialized training for faculty and staff about those challenges that military veterans face as college students. These efforts include first-year orientations tailored for early intervention and increased academic support, additional counseling, career services and academic support staff. If successful, the program will become a model for other campuses with large military student population across the nation.

As part of our long-standing commitment to veterans, we are proud to partner with programs that will ease the transition for veterans from active duty to civilian life,” said Todd Munson, president of Chase’s Colorado market. “By understanding the unique needs of veterans, this program will offer them support and specialized services that can guide them to academic success.”

Part of a larger effort by the firm to help position veterans and military families for post-service success, this grant is one of several awarded as JPMorgan Chase fulfills its commitment of one million dollars in support of higher education programs aimed at improving retention and graduation rates for student veterans.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.6 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

The gift will be presented at a 1 p.m. March 6 reception in the UCCS Kraemer Family Library Apse. A distinctive military-style coin presentation from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation to Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will commemorate the partnership between the organizations.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 37 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 11,000 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.