EDINBORO, Pa. – For the 12th consecutive year, Edinboro University earned national recognition for providing veterans and their families with a first-rate post-secondary education.
This month, Edinboro University earned silver distinction in the annual Military Friendly Schools list for 2020-2021 after earning top measurements in engaging prospective military students, educating military students and providing the students with meaningful employment.
“Receiving a military-friendly recognition is more than marketing rhetoric, and we see this as validation of our mission to provide effective and flexible supports to the veteran and military population on campus,” said Dr. John Christman, who has served as coordinator of Edinboro’s Veterans Success Center since 2019.
Edinboro was recognized for the achievements of the Veterans Success Center and the campus ROTC cadre. Currently, there are approximately 180 military-related students attending Edinboro, including veterans, spouses and dependents – many of whom use Veterans Affairs benefits.
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.
“The Edinboro University community is proud to receive the designation for being Military Friendly,” said Dr. William Edmonds, vice president for Enrollment Management at Edinboro. “This recognition affirms our commitment for our military and veteran service men and women, as an institution that is focused on continuing their academic and student success.”
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.
“Edinboro University is extremely outgoing in support of future military veterans. Their support and dedication to developing future Army officers is unmatched,” said Lt. Col. Benjamin Kavanagh, commander of the Fighting Scots ROTC Battalion. “The university annually provides room scholarships to cadets competing for an Army scholarship. This investment in our future national defense speaks volumes to the importance and trust they place in their ROTC program.”
The Military Friendly Schools distinction is given to colleges and universities that demonstrate positive education outcomes for veterans and their families. More than 8,000 institutions participated in this year’s survey, which evaluates both public data about the institution and proprietary data.
Founded in 2001 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense, Military Friendly (VIQTORY) is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities.
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.