SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society

Welcome to the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society for Excelsior College! As an Excelsior College student and a veteran, active duty military, National Guard or Reservist, you deserve recognition for your academic achievements and contributions.

For more information or questions about SALUTE email SALUTE@excelsior.edu

HistoryMembership Criteria2016–2017 School YearMembership Benefits

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.”

Membership Criteria

Undergraduate Requirements

To attain membership into SALUTE as an undergraduate student, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed an associate or bachelor’s degree as a student and are in GR or SA Status.
  • Qualify as military or veteran student under locally derived and maintained definitions. Applicants to the college are screened by Excelsior College for military and veteran status.
  • 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.

Graduate Requirements

To attain membership into SALUTE as a graduate student, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed a master’s degree as a student and are in GR or SA Status.
  • Qualify as military or veteran student under locally derived and maintained definitions. Applicants to the college are screened by Excelsior College for military and veteran status.
  • 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.

Thank you for your interest in joining SALUTE.

At this time, you will be able to join SALUTE at the National Honor Society website. There is a one time application fee of $20.

To verify your GPA/graduation status and your military status, upload the following documents to SALUTE during the application process:

  1. Your last MAP (My Academic Program)
  2. Your DD-214 or copy of military orders

If you have any questions contact jreed@excelsior.edu

Excelsior College Trimester for 2016

Summer Trimester ends August 21
Fall Trimester ends December 11

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.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

SALUTE Members at Excelsior College’s Commencement:

All SALUTE members receive a membership certificate and military-style challenge coin at the SALUTE induction ceremony to be held at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York, on July 7, a day prior to commencement at the Empire State Plaza on July 8, 2016.

Any SALUTE member who participates in the Excelsior College SALUTE induction ceremony will be distinguished as a SALUTE member by wearing a special purple and silver entwined cord.

If a SALUTE member cannot attend the induction ceremony, the challenge coin and membership certificate will be mailed to them.