Marymount University is proud to be named to the list of Military Friendly Schools for the fourth year by Victory Media, Inc., which publishes G.I. Jobs Magazine. Victory Media, Inc. is a veteran-owned business. The 2014 list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are serving students who are members of the U.S. military, veterans, and their families.
Marymount currently has more than 200 active duty military service members, veterans, and their dependents pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Military family members make up almost half of this group, and all of these students bring a unique set of learning and life experiences that enrich the student population.
The university provides a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of military students and ensure that they receive all the educational benefits that they are entitled to from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, Marymount is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), an association of schools with flexible policies that allow servicemembers and their families to complete degrees rather than just accumulating courses. The university also accepts the American Council of Education (ACE) college credit recommendations for military training. And, Marymount has agreements with local colleges to accept courses and transfer credits smoothly.
Marymount is also a participant in the Yellow Ribbon program, providing up to 75 grants a year (first-come, first-served basis) of $2,000 each to eligible individuals pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees. Veterans Affairs matches the grant amount for a total of $4,000 a year. This money is in addition to other benefits included in the Post-9/11 G.I. In addition, the university participates in many other scholarship and grant programs to provide additional funding benefits for tuition.
Patrick Townsend ʼ14, a Navy veteran majoring in psychology, is president of Marymount’s active Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter. He says, “The veterans on campus applaud the steps that the university has taken to ensure that we receive the required support in our transition from active duty to college life. A perfect example of that is the establishment of the veterans’ office on campus.”
He adds, “We’re also proud that our veterans’ group is nationally recognized as a chapter of SVA. Among other activities planned for this year, we are launching VETS FOR VETS, a mentorship program that will pair new and transfer veteran students with a fellow veteran upperclassman for advice and guidance. Also, for the second year, we are sponsoring the Stuff-a-Box service project. We will collect toiletries, books, video games, and similar items for individual care packages that will be delivered to service members who are being cared for at the military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.”
Joe A. Blount, Jr., is the new full-time coordinator for Military and Veteran Student Services and brings a wealth of experience to the position. He served in the U.S. Army for 24 years, worked as an Army Education Counselor for 10 years, and was with the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) program for two years before coming to Marymount. Blount can relate to the issues students face, since he earned a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Marymount in 2006. He points out, “The military students, veterans, and their family members are an asset that the university embraces. Their training, maturity, and life experience enrich the learning environment for all. They have faced the challenges of military life, and they bring that determination to persevere to their studies.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Military students, veterans, and their family members can learn more by visiting marymount.edu/admissions/military
or contacting Joe Blount at 703-284-1521 or firstname.lastname@example.org.