For the 10th consecutive year, Edinboro University earned national recognition for providing veterans and their families a first-rate post-secondary education.
This month, Edinboro University earned silver status in the annual Military Friendly Schools list for 2019-2020 after earning top measurements in engaging prospective military students, educating military students and providing students with meaningful post-graduation employment.
Edinboro was recognized for the achievements of the Veterans Success Center and the campus ROTC cadre. Currently, there are 180 military-related students at Edinboro, including veterans, spouses and dependents – many of whom use Veterans Affairs educational assistance.
“As faculty and staff members, administrators and students, veterans enhance the Edinboro experience by providing irreplaceable leadership characteristics and a true sense of world citizenship,” said Dr. Michael J. Hannan, Edinboro’s interim president. “Connecting veterans to meaningful employment is the least we can do for those who serve our country.”
Edinboro’s Veterans Success Center manages resources for veterans, current service members and their dependents, ensuring that students receive not only the university’s high-quality and affordable education but also individualized support services.
Andrew Matt, coordinator of Veterans Success Center, and his staff also emphasize the reinforcement of a smooth transition from military to college.
“It’s no small task to serve your country in the same capacity of these men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Likewise, it’s quite an accomplishment to engage in higher education,” Matt said. “Our goal is to ensure a seamless transition from military service to the college life.”
Edinboro’s ROTC cadre – the Fighting Scots battalion – allows potential Second Lieutenants to earn their undergraduate or graduate degrees from Edinboro and simultaneously develop skills for the U.S. Army.
Students enrolled in the program receive instruction in the fundamentals of leadership with emphasis on self-discipline, integrity, confidence and responsibility. This instruction is given in the classroom, on practical field training exercises and during several summer courses including Army ROTC Basic Course, Army ROTC Advanced Course and Cadet Leaders Course.
“Training and preparation are central to becoming leaders at any level,” said Lt. Col. Benjamin Kavanagh, commander of the Fighting Scots battalion. “Students in Edinboro’s ROTC meet the challenge of becoming leaders while maintaining academic excellence.”
According to Viqtory (formerly Victory Media) – which facilitates the Military Friendly Schools – this distinction is given to colleges and universities that demonstrate positive education outcomes for veterans and their families. More than 700 post-secondary institutions received this distinction for 2019-2020, after Viqtory assessed 8,800 schools nationwide.
Founded in 2001 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense, Viqtory is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects the military community to civilian employment and educational and entrepreneurial opportunities.
In Erie County, Edinboro University earned the highest medallion status among Military Friendly schools, with Mercyhurst University earning bronze.
For more information about Edinboro University’s commitment to military students on campus and beyond, visit www.edinboro.edu/veterans or call the Veterans Success Center at (814) 732-1568.