Organizations Serving Military Students
The following organizations offer a wide variety of programs for prospective students with a military background. Read about them and discover the resources they can provide.
- Service to School (S2S): S2S helps transitioning military veterans and spouses gain admission to the best graduate or undergraduate institutions possible. They provide test preparation recommendations, resume assistance, application and essay review, interview prep and network assistance.
- Student Veterans of America (SVA): SVA is a 501(c)(3) coalition of student veterans groups on college campuses across the globe. These member chapters are the “boots on the ground” that help veterans reintegrate into campus life and succeed academically. Each chapter is an officially recognized student group by their university or college, and provides a peer-to-peer network for veterans who are attending the school. Additionally, chapters coordinate campus activities, offer pre-professional networking, and generally provide a touchstone for student veterans in higher education. Student Veterans of America has over 950 chapters nationwide and a few abroad. The size of these student groups vary by school, from as small as three, to as many as 100 members. SVA chapters are open to all those committed to creating supportive veteran campuses. Groups are comprised of pre- and post-9/11 veterans, civilians, and military dependents.
- Pat Tillman Foundation: In 2002, Pat Tillman proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country. Family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation following Pat’s death in April 2004 while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Created to honor Pat’s legacy of leadership and service, the Pat Tillman Foundation is a national leader in providing educational support and resources to veterans, active-duty service members and their spouses. Through the Tillman Military Scholars program, the foundation annually awards educational scholarships for military veterans and spouses who are committed to a life of service in and out of uniform. To date, the Pat Tillman Foundation has invested nearly $9 million in educational support and scholarships, helping 290 Tillman Military Scholars continue serving our country and communities through their studies in medicine, law, business, government, education and the arts. For more information on the Pat Tillman Foundation, visit: www.pattillmanfoundation.org.
- IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America): Founded in 2004 by an Iraq veteran, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is a veterans’ organization dedicated to standing with the 2.8 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan from their first day home through the rest of their lives.
- The Fullbridge Program: The Fullbridge Program delivers a hands-on, full immersion into business fundamentals—integrated with personalized coaching, world-class content, and team collaboration.The Fullbridge-Concordia Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals provides a deep dive into the world of business. The program consists of the five graduate-level courses and students work in teams to tackle real-world projects. They build a strong core of business competencies, master a toolkit of professional skills and build confidence.
- Department of Veterans Affairs: Administers a variety of benefits and services that provide financial and other forms of assistance to service members, veterans, their dependents and survivors.
- ACE: ACE represents the presidents of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions, which include two- and four-year colleges, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit entities. Veterans Programs promote access to and success in higher education for the more than 2 million service members and their families who are eligible for benefits under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.