Veteran's Resource Center

The School of Mines greatly appreciates and values your service to our country, and we are honored to assist and support you in the pursuit of your academic goals.  

Who We Are

The Veteran's Resource Center (VRC) provides School of Mines veterans with a relaxing place to study or simply connect with other campus veterans. Located on the lower level of the Surbeck Center near the student activities area, the VRC is sponsored jointly by the School of Mines and Western Nebraska Community College TRIO Veterans Upward Bound, a program funded by the Department of Education.

For additional information, contact Cathy Payne, VRC Coordinator, at (605) 394-2560 (

What We Offer

  • tutoring in math and writing
  • assistance with job, internship, and scholarship searches/applications
  • resume and cover letter writing
  • referral services regarding VA benefits, G.I. Bills, and community veterans' organizations
  • academic and life skills workshops in areas such as learning styles, test preparation, note taking, time management, stress management, financial literacy, and wellness
  • coffee, tea, hot chocolate, snacks, refrigerator, microwave, pizza oven, toaster oven, popcorn machine, kitchenette, flat-screen cable TV, study tables, couches, recliners, storage lockers, veterans' information board, career information board, scholarship information board, two walls of whiteboards

Official Veteran's Certifying Officer

The veteran's certifying officer at the School of Mines is Toni Schauer. Please contact her in order to initiate and maintain your benefits and also become certified with the VA. She can be reached at (605) 394-2553 (

Veterans Upward Bound
The School of Mine is proud to be partnered with Western Nebraska Community College's TRIO Veterans Upward Bound Program!


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