The 3rd & Goal Foundation Peer 2 Peer Sponsor Program at The Ohio State University is designed to help incoming student veterans and service-members make a smooth transition from the military to the college environment. A Peer Sponsor is an experienced, energetic student veteran or service-member who maintains weekly contact with new vets on the Columbus campus via face-to-face meetings, telephone, and email. Peer Sponsors communicate information, encouragement and guidance to new student veterans during their first semester and are primary points of contact for asking questions about college life and veteran education benefits.
The primary roles of a Peer Sponsor are to build trust and to assist veterans and service-members with overcoming transitional challenges. Over the course of the relationship, Peer Sponsors may provide guidance and recommendations in areas of university life including, but not limited to, suggestions on getting involved with student organizations, guidance toward academic and life support resources, introduction to other students, assistance with applying for benefits, the class registration process, and referrals to the VetSuccess on Campus Counselor for interventions and counseling.