The SUNY Canton Student Veterans Association and a college alumnus have joined together to establish an endowed scholarship to benefit a SUNY Canton veteran student or a spouse or family member of a former service member.
The association raised the funds for the scholarship over the past two years by selling t-shirts and challenge coins and holding raffles on campus. After raising a significant amount of their goal, John L. Halford Sr., a SUNY Canton alumnus and longstanding supporter of the college, donated the rest of the funds to endow the scholarship. Halford is a World War II United States Marine Corps veteran, a charter member of the Gouverneur Veterans of Foreign Wars and a lifelong member of the Masons.
“The members of the Student Veterans Association have worked incredibly hard to raise the funds for this scholarship,” said SUNY Canton’s Vice President for Advancement and Canton College Foundation Executive Director David M. Gerlach. “Their dedication, along with John’s financial support, is a wonderful way to give back to those who have sacrificed so much for our nation.”
The Student Veterans Association is made up of veterans and current service members, as well as spouses, family and friends of those who served our country. Their mission is to promote and advocate for the needs of veterans both on campus and within the community. They strive to support the educational goals of veterans and their families.
The scholarship is just one facet of the college’s military-friendly culture. SUNY Canton has been recognized several times by G.I. Jobs Magazine and Military Advanced Magazine for being among the top colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. The college was chosen specifically for its robust military support services, dedicated study lounge and flexible online learning options.
About SUNY Canton
SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.