“ The Pershing Loan helped me when I was discharged and had not been paid in months. It allowed me to pay my mortgage, avoid foreclosure and buy food for my son and me. The loan was my bridge through a very rough time and as soon as I received my pay, I repaid the loan.”
– Seriously injured Army Reservist who was the sole survivor when her truck exploded after hitting an IED In Afghanistan; graduated with a degree in criminal justice
As non-traditional students, veterans face challenges that most others do not, including supporting their families, working either full time or part time, juggling VA appointments and addressing injuries related to their military service. UMass Lowell is committed to ensuring that student veterans have access to the support they need to achieve their goals.
The Veterans Services Fund helps the Office of Veterans Services to meet financial, social, medical, educational and employment needs of our current student veterans.
Support the Veterans Services Fund
The Pershing Fund provides interest-free loans to student veterans at risk of withdrawing from the university due to financial difficulties. It was established in 2012 by alumni members of UMass Lowell's original Squadron N-12, Pershing Rifles unit to give today's student veterans a helping hand toward the same university education that they themselves received, many as returning veterans in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Military veterans, ROTC cadets and children of disabled veterans enrolled at UMass Lowell are eligible to receive loans. All loan repayments are reinvested back into the Pershing Fund to originate new loans.
Support the Pershing Fund
You can be a mentor to a student veteran, helping him or her to deal with the challenges of balancing school, work and family responsibilities. You can employ one or more of our veteran graduates or provide internship opportunities for them. We welcome you to show your support by participating in events such as the annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies.
Office of Veteran Services
Let us know via our quick alumni update form so we can keep you posted on veterans' activities and events, and recognize your service at alumni events.
Support UMass Lowell's continued strength and leadership in higher education. Gifts to the university directly impact thousands of students every day.