Active duty service members and veterans may be accustomed to receiving awards for excelling during their military service. But, as they are pursuing their education at University of Maryland Global Campus, formerly University of Maryland University College, they are also eligible for academic accolades.
The SALUTE Honor Society recognizes the academic success of the university's active duty and veteran students, said Kristin Byerly, UMGC's director of Veterans Initiatives & Outreach.
"It's a national honor society for veterans that was started at Colorado State University," she explained.
SALUTE is an acronym for service, academics, leadership, unity, tribute and excellence. To qualify for membership in the society, undergraduate military students must have completed 12 hours of course work with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. Graduate students must have completed 12 hours of graduate-level work with a minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher.
"It's more than just getting good grades," stressed Byerly.
Applicants are also required to qualify as military or veteran students under locally derived and mandated definitions; must have served or currently be serving in the military or Reserves or be honorably discharged; must have served as a mentor in UMGC's One2One mentoring program for at least one term or be an active Vessey Veterans Resource Center participant by providing feedback on articles or social media at least twice a month and must maintain high ethical standards.
Application submission deadlines for the summer are July 10; for the fall, Oct. 10 and for the winter, March 10. Applications are reviewed and approved within two weeks of the deadline submission date. They are then are then forwarded to national headquarters.
The top 25 performing applications are then selected for membership into the society. Those not selected for membership will be considered in the subsequent term.
For more information, contact the Vessey Veterans Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.