SALUTE

SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society

Welcome to the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society for Ashford University! As an Ashford University student and a member of the United States Armed Forces, you deserve recognition for your academic achievements and contributions.

Inductees
History
Constitution
Charter Members
Membership Criteria
Member Privileges
Honors Recognition Events
Contact

Inductees

View the names of inductees below:

History

SALUTE stands for Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, and Excellence. In 2009, Colorado State University was awarded the ACE/Wal-Mart Success for Veterans Grant, and from that SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society was created. SALUTE is the first honor society created for student veterans and military at two- and four-year higher education institutions nationwide.

The founders of SALUTE at Colorado State University write, "Some of the terms synonymous with SALUTE are to acknowledge, congratulate, hail, pay homage, pay respects, pay tribute, present arms, and recognize. These are the types of things we at SALUTE hope to do for our members who have shown courage, strength, leadership, excellence, and perseverance in their military endeavors and now are showing that same commitment to their academic careers."

Constitution

Read the official constitution of the Ashford University chapter of the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society.

Charter Members

SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society at Ashford University was established on August 26, 2010. Charter members are:

  • Doug Barling, Senior Director of Military Relations (former) 
  • Chas Hilger, Director of Military & Corporate Operations
  • Johnny Barner, Access and Wellness Student Advocate
  • Vanessa Schoenherr, Student Development & Engagement Specialist II
  • Kimberly Jones, Student Affairs Manager (former)
  • Alexis Clements, Director of Student Services
  • Conan Stanley, Director of Financial Services
  • Waunita Sullivan, Campus Associate Director of Student Affairs

Membership Criteria

Membership in SALUTE is by invitation only and open to all Ashford University students. Eligible students will be notified and encouraged to complete the application process. A selection committee made up of the Chapter Advisor and a group of faculty and staff members will review requested military documentation and select new members.

Undergraduate Students

To attain membership into SALUTE as an undergraduate student, you must meet the following criteria as of May 30 or November 30:

  • Be currently enrolled as a student.
  • Qualify as military or veteran student under locally derived and maintained definitions. Applicants must submit a DD-214 Member 4 copy that displays the character of service (honorable discharge). Applicants currently serving on active duty or in the Guard or Reserves will submit a copy of their Proof of Service statement.
  • Have a minimum GPA of a 3.0.
  • Have served or currently be serving in the military, National Guard, or reserves. If no longer serving, have been honorably discharged from service. Maintain the highest ethical standards.
A unique element for undergraduate students is the GPA-ranking tier. This system was designed to encourage student veterans to strive for academic success at their university. Undergraduate members of SALUTE advance to higher tiers of the GPA ranking system during their tenure at their university.


Graduate Students

To attain membership into SALUTE as a graduate student, you must meet the following criteria as of May 30 or November 30:

  • Be currently enrolled as a student.
  • Qualify as military or veteran student under locally derived and maintained definitions. Applicants must submit a DD-214 Member 4 copy that displays the character of service (honorable discharge). Applicants currently serving on active duty or in the Guard or Reserves will submit a copy of their Proof of Service statement.
  • Have completed 12 credits of graduate coursework.
  • Have a minimum GPA of a 3.5.
  • Have served or currently be serving in the military, National Guard, or reserves. If no longer serving, have been honorably discharged from service.
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards.
Membership in SALUTE requires a one-time lifetime membership fee of $20 paid at the time of acceptance.

All members receive a membership certificate and military-style challenge coin.

Member Privileges

Through SALUTE Headquarters:

Benefits of membership include eligibility of individual members to apply and compete for national SALUTE scholarships. SALUTE is being set up so that operating costs are low and the majority of membership fees will be going into scholarships for student veterans across the nation who are students at institutions with charter memberships. These nationally-awarded scholarships will be designed to support student veterans who need supplementation of their GI bill funding or who do not have GI bill funding. Another benefit is the ability to nominate representatives to the SALUTE National Advisory Committee.

For more information about SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society, please visit SALUTE's website.

Through Ashford University:

Any SALUTE member who participates in the 
Ashford University commencement ceremony will be distinguished as a SALUTE member by wearing SALUTE regalia. Induction must be completed at least one week prior to commencement in order to receive regalia.

Honors Recognition Events

An Honors Recognition Event takes place the weekend of Commencement to recognize honor society inductees and those graduating with honors. View photos from the events(Please note you must have a Facebook account and be logged in to access photos.)

Contact

Contact the SALUTE Chapter Advisor at salute@ashford.edu.