Student Veterans of America is Recipient of $1 million Donation from The Walt Disney Company
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 13, 2023) – Student Veterans of America (SVA) is the recipient of a $1 million donation from The Walt Disney Company, establishing Disney as the founding sponsor of the SVA Career Center. This visionary gift will empower SVA to revolutionize career support for the nation’s student veterans and pave the way for their successful transition into the civilian workforce.
The SVA Career Center, scheduled to launch as an online resource early next year, will offer tailored career readiness services, technology-driven programs, and a network of industry experts and mentors dedicated to supporting the unique needs and honing the distinctive skills of student veterans. Disney’s investment will not only contribute to the establishment of this world-class SVA Career Center but will also foster the development of a strong community.
For more than a century, The Walt Disney Company has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to U.S. Armed Forces community impact and support through initiatives such as the Heroes Work Here program and Veterans Institute Summit. Over the past decade, this commitment has extended to Student Veterans of America, where Disney’s support has played a pivotal role in our growth and impact through programs and support.
“We’re proud to make this donation to the Student Veterans of America for their new virtual career center, which will help veterans making the transition from military life to college and career,” said Bob Iger, Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “We believe Disney has an important role to play in giving back to those who bravely serve our country in uniform, and we look forward to finding even more ways to stand behind those who stand up for America.”
Through this enhanced relationship with Disney, SVA looks forward to fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and success for student veterans nationwide, ultimately reshaping the landscape of post-military employment and empowerment.
About Student Veterans of America
With a focused mission on empowering student veterans, Student Veterans of America (SVA) is committed to providing an educational experience that goes beyond the classroom. Through a dedicated network of nearly 1,600 on-campus chapters in all 50 states and 4 countries representing more than 750,000 student veterans, SVA aims to inspire yesterday’s warriors by connecting student veterans with a community of like-minded chapter leaders. Every day these passionate leaders work to provide the necessary resources, network support, and advocacy to ensure student veterans can effectively connect, expand their skills, and ultimately achieve their greatest potential. For more information, visit us at www.studentveterans.org.
About Disney Experiences
Disney Experiences brings the magic of The Walt Disney Company’s powerful brands and franchises—including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, ESPN, 20th Century Fox and National Geographic—into the daily lives of families and fans around the world to create magical memories that last a lifetime.
When Walt Disney opened Disneyland in Anaheim, California, on July 17, 1955, he created a unique destination built around storytelling and immersive experiences, ushering in a new era of family entertainment. More than 65 years later, Disney has grown into one of the world’s leading providers of family travel and leisure experiences, with iconic businesses including six resort destinations with 12 theme parks and 52 resorts in the United States, Europe, and Asia; a top-rated cruise line with five ships and plans for three more; a luxurious family beach resort in Hawai’i; a popular vacation ownership program; and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business; the world’s largest children’s publishing brands; one of the world’s largest licensors of games across all platforms; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.
These experiences are created by Disney Imagineers, the creative force behind experiences found in Disney theme parks, resort hotels, cruise ships, and consumer products—including books, games, and merchandise.