Tyler Stanton, a member of the U.S. Army Reserve since 2009, was recently named Edinboro University’s 2017 Student Veteran of the Year.
EU’s Veterans Success Center presents this annual award to a graduating student-veteran based on academic success and personal and professional achievements in the face of the many challenges veterans face when returning to school after serving their country.
Dr. William Edmonds, Vice President for Enrollment Management, and Andrew Matt, Coordinator of the Veterans Success Center, presented Stanton with a $250 cash grant and a certificate marking his accomplishments.
“Tyler accomplished a great deal during his time at Edinboro, earning dual degrees while also contributing significantly to our campus community and fulfilling his duties as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve,” Dr. Edmonds said. “Edinboro University is honored to serve student-veterans like Tyler by providing them with the tools they need to be successful.”
Stanton graduated cum laude on May 13 with both a Bachelor of Science in Art Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts with a concentration in Wood/Furniture.
“The validation and credit should really go to the amazing support I've gotten from family and friends, and from the amazing people I've been able to work with and learn from during my time at Edinboro,” Stanton said.
The Conneaut Lake, Pa., native first enrolled at Edinboro University in 2011, but his unit was deployed to Kuwait the following year. After returning to EU in 2014, Stanton became actively involved on campus – volunteering to speak about the art education program during open houses, mentoring for the Art Education Club and serving as Vice President of the Wood Furniture Club for two years. He also worked at the Veterans Success Center, helping other veterans access their benefits.
Stanton’s art has been accepted into several juried art shows, including selection as one of three winners in Edinboro’s Gmitter Memorial Scholarship Exhibition. This fall he will attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he was awarded a graduate assistantship and scholarships to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree.
“I'm honored to represent the Art Department and Edinboro University as a whole, now and in the future,” Stanton said.
For more information about the resources available to student veterans at Edinboro University, visit www.edinboro.edu/vets. More information about the university’s nationally recognized art programs is available at art.edinboro.edu.
Photo caption: Vice President for Enrollment Management Dr. William Edmonds, left, and Andrew Matt, right, coordinator of the Veterans Success Center, recently presented Tyler Stanton with the University’s Student Veteran of the Year Award.