Gannon University has been named to the 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools developed by G.I. Jobs Magazine, a publication that serves as a resource for veterans.
Only about 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationally were named to the list of Military Friendly Schools. Those schools are “making the grade” by offering scholarships, financial assistance and other services and resources for those who served.
In the process of selecting schools that are the most welcoming to veterans, the publication’s staff worked with government agencies and private entities that administer education benefits. G.I. Jobs Magazine seeks to help vets who are transitioning to the workplace or beginning or resuming their education.
Colleges, universities and trade schools were given an overall score based on several categories:
- “Effort 1” – certifications, programs and policies that measure an institution’s “non-financial efforts” to recruit and retain military and veteran students. This category includes VA-approval to accept the GI Bill, Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) membership and flexible learning programs.
- “Effort 2” – an institution’s financial-related efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students. This category includes Yellow Ribbon program membership and tuition benefits for military students.
- An institution’s success in recruiting military and veteran students, including the number and percentage of such students.
- “Other” categories such as an institution’s academic accreditations.
More about Gannon University’s support of veterans:
Gannon is a participating university in the Yellow Ribbon Program, established by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The program allows colleges and universities to voluntarily work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition and fee rate in their state.
“Over the last several years, the number of veterans attending Gannon has more than doubled,” said Sharon A. Krahe, director of financial aid at Gannon. “More than 60 of our students currently are receiving some type of veterans’ benefits. We are proud to be able to support the men and women who served their country and now wish to pursue a college degree.”
In addition, Gannon offers an Army ROTC program and is a member of the “Pride of PA” Battalion. The program offers specialized leadership training through both course work and related activities. ROTC also allows cadets to develop the qualities essential to success in any military or civilian career, including physical stamina, self discipline and poise.