Students to design veteran’s memorial monument on campus

FAU students get chance to design monument to honor veterans and military forces


Jasmine Garvey, Contributing Writer

Florida Atlantic is offering a unique opportunity for students to honor veterans and military forces — and there are scholarship prizes involved.

From Feb. 16 to April 6, FAU Military and Veteran Affairs is hosting a competition for students to design the university’s very own veteran’s memorial monument.

The monument will honor those that served and continue to serve in our country’s armed forces.

“It’s a good thing for vets and FAU for allowing this to happen,” said student and U.S. Marine veteran Tyrone Jenkins. “You can’t overemphasize the sacrifices [veterans] have made and it’s easy to forget that sometimes. This will promote awareness to remind people of that.”

This is a chance for students, regardless of major or artistic background, to be a part of school history. “It’s neat that students are the ones that get to come up with this,” said junior Morgan Zettwuch.

“This particular project has been in discussion for about two years now,” said Dawn Howard, director of marketing and communications of Student Affairs. And with the help of Student Government fundraising combined with support from student-veterans, this vision has been able to come to life.

All participants will have the opportunity to display their designs at the Veterans Monument Student Design Symposium.

The top three submissions will receive formal recognition at the symposium as well as inclusion in an FAU publication, a press release and a partial scholarship. First place will receive $500, second place will receive $300 and third place will receive $150.

The winner will also have the opportunity to be a part of the project development phase with a budget of no more than $250,000. The monument is projected to be complete in 2017.

“The physical location is still being discussed,” said Howard. “We would like the monument to be in a prominent area viewable by students, faculty, staff and members of the community.”

To see the requirements for this competition, visit here. And for more information, keep up with FAU Student Government’s Twitter.