Our Goals

Big Red Vets want to see all scholarship-winning ROTC students receive full room and board grants to match their full-tuition grants.  This benefit will allow Cornell to recruit the best of each generation's service-minded young Americans.

Big Red Vets also want to provide summer room and board grants to Veteran students not taking summer classes.  The Post-9/11 GI Bill only provides funding for students while they are enrolled in class.  Providing summer room and board to Veteran students will allow them to pursue summer experiences similar to their civilian peers: research, internships, travel, and preparation for graduate school to name a few.

Our Status

Big Red Vets is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 non-profit incorporated under Section 402 of New York State's Not-for-Profit Corporation Law.  BRV is a Bronze-level GuideStar participant.

Board of Directors


Seamus Murphy

Seamus serves as the Chief Executive and Treasurer of Big Red Vets.  He ensures compliance with all US tax filing requirements, and he leads BRV's outreach to Cornell's student veterans.  A former U.S. Army infantryman, he currently works as a consultant.  While at Cornell, Seamus founded the Undergraduate Veterans Association


Nick Perez

AB '14 College Scholar


Nick serves as the President of Big Red Vets.  He focuses on outreach to external groups.  A former Marine Corps Ground Intelligence Officer, he is currently pursuing a JD/MBA. While at Cornell, Nick played Sprint Football and was a brother of Chi Phi.

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Shaliya Dehipawala

AB '14 Mathematics


Shaliya serves as BRV's Secretary.  He manages BRV's donor outreach and is responsible for our GuideStar filings.  A former Field Artillery Officer, he currently works on Capital Hill while waiting to begin his post-MBA career as a consultant in Winter 2020.  While at Cornell, Shaliya led the Army ROTC Student Battalion and was a brother of Delta Tau Delta.