Veterans Day reminds all of us to honor those who serve our country so bravely. At Saint Louis University, we aim to support our student veterans in a variety of ways.
For five consecutive years, G.I. Jobs has ranked SLU as a military friendly school, putting it among the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that support men and women in uniform.
SLU is home to an active Student Veterans Association, which provides a social network and support structure for veterans transitioning to academic life and civilian careers.
SLU student and SVA member Wade Rivali is a combat veteran, having served two tours to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. He received two Combat Action ribbons and a Purple Heart. After completing his tours, Wade successfully transitioned to higher education at SLU with the assistance of the Post 9/11 GI Bill tuition benefits, and is working on his undergraduate degree in history.
Wade says of his experience at SLU, "All of my instructors have been really great at keeping me in the right direction with my studies and helped me become a better writer. Writing skills were something I was lacking before I came to SLU, and now they've come a long way."
SLU is committed to growing our military and veteran student population, and is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which supplies 50 percent of remaining unmet tuition and fee charges for up to 50 students. SLU also offers a reduced tuition rate for benefit-eligible active military, veterans and dependents who pursue the online aviation management program through Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology and the School for Professional Studies.
In addition, SLU has recently established a new scholarship initiative for military students. To donate or learn more, visit giving.slu.edu/gofurther.
For more information on SLU resources for military and veteran students, visit military.slu.edu.