Penn State is trying to become the best university in the country when it comes to supporting veterans. 

Scholarship opportunities are expanding, thanks to the Penn State World Campus and the generosity of a Penn State retiree. 

Al Matyasovsky wishes to show his appreciation for veterans and their service by establishing a veteran education and academic fund (VEAF). 

“The best investment that you can make is in education…and we believe the same for veterans,” Matyasovsky said. 

VEAF is inspired by Matyasovsky’s father and father-in-law, who he said were both veterans. 

He and his wife started it in their parents honor with $20,000. 

They are hoping it grows, ensuring veterans and their families can attend college from anywhere in the world. 

Quenton Rexroth, a Systems Administrator for the Pennsylvania Air National Guard said he’s grateful a military scholarship gave him an opportunity to pursue a master’s degree. 

“Penn State World Campus helps you with that and gives you grants and other ways of getting you money to pursue your education,” Rexroth said. 

An event to raise funds for the newly-created fund will be held on Sunday, April 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. 

Tickets are $50 per person. 

Sue Paterno and Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour are expected to make a guest appearance. 

Email if interested in attending.