St. Bonaventure University has earned a gold medal from Militaryfriendly.com, placing it among the top 5 percent of small private colleges for services the university offers to veterans and their families.
Victory Media, originator of the family of Military Friendly® employment, entrepreneurship and education resources for veterans, announced its 2017 awards today for schools that had already been classified as “military friendly.”
Among the 350 small private institutions (fewer than 10,000 students) ranked as “military friendly,” just eight received gold medals. A Top 10 list was the only achievement level higher than gold. Thirteen small colleges received silver medals, and 29 received bronze.
For more than a decade, Military Friendly® ratings have set the standard for companies and colleges demonstrating positive employment and education outcomes for veterans and their families.
“All of our Military Friendly® award recipients set the standard for excellence,” said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer of Victory Media. “They offer exceptional examples of what it means not just to build a program that meets federal requirements, but one that serves the military and veteran community from classrooms to careers.”
Just this year, St. Bonaventure has expanded its outreach to veterans with the development of a Military-Aligned Students program. A full-fledged Veterans Services Center, staffed by a full-time director and assistant director, has opened on the second floor of the Reilly Center.
SBU’s Military-Aligned Student Assistance Grant is intended to assure that 50 percent of tuition charges for all military-aligned students are paid through grants and scholarships that do not have to be repaid.
The university has long been a participant in the federal Yellow Ribbon program, which helps post-9/11 veterans, or their children, attend SBU tuition free through the GI Education Enhancement programs. St. Bonaventure is also ranked a top university by Military Advanced Education and Transition.
“This gold medal is a testament to our university’s long-standing commitment to veterans,” said Rick Trietley, vice president for Student Affairs and a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Army who retired in 2008 when he stepped down as the head of SBU’s Army ROTC program.
“Our new Military-Aligned program has allowed us to focus our energies even more on providing a full range of admissions, academic and support services to those who’ve served our country so proudly.”
About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, we believe in the goodness of every person and in the ability of every person to do extraordinary things. St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. Named the #6 best college value in the North by U.S. News and World Report, we are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition.
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