A veteran services specialist at Pennsylvania College of Technology will become part of a national mentoring program for women student veterans, The Express reported.
Katie Burke – she has served nine years in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard – operates at the school’s Major General Fred F. Marty Veterans & Military Resource Center. She is pursuing a marketing analytics graduate certificate at Penn State World Campus, and will start this summer a Master’s in Marketing Analytics & Insights program.
She is now one of 20 applicants accepted for a Focus Forward Fellowship, which will entail a summer residency program through the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University and a virtual community for the 2023-24 academic year.
“I’m very grateful to have this opportunity to connect with other women student veterans and learn everything I can from the faculty and mentors,” Burke said. “I’m looking forward to sharing my experience with Penn College’s women student veterans and encouraging them to apply for next year’s cohort.”
Chet Beaver, Army veteran and Penn College’s coordinator of veteran and military services said: “I am sure that the fellowship that has accepted Katie will find out as quickly as I did, what a truly valuable asset she really is. I could not have asked for a better partner in the work that we do for our veterans. Katie has become a great mentor and example for our entire veteran community. I know she will bring some valuable insight back from her time in the fellowship.”