Recent Delaware County Community College graduate Nicholas Delloso is one of only 48 student veterans nationwide selected to receive an inaugural 2020 Student Veteran Leadership Award from G.I. Jobs, a magazine for U.S. military soldiers, veterans and their families.
Having served honorably in the U.S. Army for nearly four years and in the Afghanistan war, Delloso of Clifton Heights, then served three years in the National Guard. He is now a Pennsylvania-licensed nurse, who received an Associate of Science in Nursing from Delaware County Community College in the spring; and he expects to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Chester University through a unique RN-BSN Concurrent Enrollment Agreement offered by the two higher education institutions.
In his spare time, Delloso provides assistance to students, especially student veterans, who seek to enroll in education and training programs at Delaware County Community College.
In its August 2020 issue, G.I. Jobs lauds Delloso and the 47 other student veterans selected for the magazine’s first Student Veteran Leadership Awards for their selflessness, excellent academic achievements, leadership and community spirit. “They embody the spirit of leadership, teamwork and camaraderie, overcame challenges, and participate extensively in campus and community activities,” the story says. “ They are a credit to the military and nation they served.” The article, written by Dan Fazio, says the “common denominator” for the 48 student veteran awardees is that they work to “bridge the cultural gap between student veterans and civilian students,” and not only excel in academics, but make “meaningful contributions to their school, fellow student veterans and the community.”
Delloso is known for going the extra mile to help students, especially student veterans. “Nicholas cares about people, and his fellow student veterans have a special place in his heart,” says Darren Lipscomb, a U.S. Army veteran, who is Director of Outreach, Recruitment and Enrollment Services at Delaware County Community College. “Nicholas goes out of his way to support student veterans on and off campus.”
Delaware County Community College serves more than 300 military families from Delaware, Chester and Philadelphia Counties each year, and is a recognized community leader in serving veterans. The College offers credit for military training and knowledge that applies to a course; career counseling; and a variety of resources to help ensure student success. Service members and veterans attending the College may qualify to complete their courses at the College free of charge. The College has staff skilled in helping veterans and their family members navigate the intricacies of U.S. government benefits and financial aid.
Earlier this year, the College received a 2020-21 Military Friendly® School designation from Viqtory, the service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that publishes G.I. Jobs® magazine and Military Spouse magazine. The designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and training opportunities.
Many of the College’s staff and faculty are veterans. Each year, on the days leading up to Veterans Day, the College honors staff who are veterans by displaying on campus televisions and computer screens, side-by-side photos showing them in uniform, during their days in the military, and in civilian attire today. In January 2017, the College opened a Veterans Center at its Marple Campus through the generous donations of local business owner Pam Mariani and the Wilbur C. and Betty Lea Henderson Foundation. The Center is equipped with computers, satellite cable, a Prisoner of War table, military flags and other amenities. It serves as a space for studying, socializing and veterans-focused programming.
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