Villanova University Announces $1.25 Million Gift from Brian F. Prince to Endow the Director of the Office of Veterans and Military Service Members
Prince family’s total giving is more than $2.5 million in support of Villanova and the Prince Family Office of Veterans and Military Service Members initiatives
Villanova, Pa. (April 17, 2023) – Villanova University has announced a $1.25 million gift from Brian F. Prince, President and CEO of Hegemon Capital, Inc., to endow the director of the Office of Veteran and Military Service Members. Previously, Mr. Prince funded the University’s Prince Family Veterans Resource Center, which hosts veteran-focused programming, Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, career counseling and assistance with military-to-civilian transition. The Prince family’s total giving to veteran and military services member initiatives at Villanova is now more than $2.5 million.
“We are proud to support Villanova University and the Office of Veteran and Military Service Members with its mission of providing the support and space for student-veterans to get their Villanova degrees,” said Brian Prince. “The University’s long-standing tradition of supporting military service members and nurturing individuals dedicated to lifelong learning, critical thinking and commitment to community is in direct harmony with what veterans can offer as civic leaders following their service to our country.”
Villanova’s Office of Veterans and Military Service Members was founded in 2018 and is committed to helping veterans reach their personal, professional and academic goals—from admission to graduation and beyond. In support of its dedication to this population, the Office has received nearly $8 million from committed donors since its establishment five years ago, including 11 gifts totaling at least $100,000.
“Villanova University is committed to ensuring student-veterans have access to a world-class education and professional development opportunities, and are successful in the classroom and beyond,” said Mike Brown, the Prince Family Director in the Office of Veterans and Military Service Members. “Brian’s continued support has made our goals a reality. We want to be more than just veteran-friendly; we want to be veteran-inclusive and ready to give veterans, service members and their families a place to learn, grow and succeed. I cannot thank Brian enough for his support and commitment.”
Villanova University’s ties to the military are strong and longstanding, dating back to World War II, and continue today with a rich history of alumni service in the armed forces alongside storied ROTC programs. Veterans have been attending Villanova for decades, with the University working to obtain VA benefits for them and their dependents. The University expanded its Yellow Ribbon Program to help veterans and their dependents fund tuition, with 50 students now participating in the program. Villanova is also a partner of VetLink, part of Service to School, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides free application counseling, peer-to-peer guidance and networking support to all U.S. military service members and veterans at no cost to the applicant.
About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit www.villanova.edu.