November 12, 2009 – Today, University of Cincinnati President Gregory Williams acknowledged the service of men and women in the Armed Forces with the announcement of a Salute to Service fundraising initiative to support veteran and military students entering and studying at UC. The announcement was made during a ceremony for veterans on UC’s campus.
The Salute to Service initiative demonstrates UC’s commitment to providing a full range of quality academic, career, counseling and student services to veterans and ROTC cadets as they pursue higher education.
“The Salute to Service fundraising effort will recognize and assist those who have proudly served and are preparing to serve our country, as they pursue their dreams and higher education goals,” said Michael W. Carroll, president of The University of Cincinnati Foundation and vice president for development and alumni affairs at UC. “Serving our country and protecting our way of life is a selfless act and by supporting the Salute to Service initiative—part of our $1 billion Proudly Cincinnati campaign—we can give something back to those who have sacrificed so much for us.”
The initiative will raise funds that will allow UC to:
- Open a Veteran and Military Students Center that will provide comprehensive services for the recruitment, retention and advising of veteran or military students.
- Augment veteran-specific counseling services and personnel for confidential individual and family consultations.
- Offer partial tuition scholarships to cover costs not covered by the GI Bill and ROTC support.
- Secure state-of-the-art training equipment for cadets.
- Provide room and board supplements to students so they can be immersed in the college experience.
“UC is striving to become the preeminent destination for the nation’s veterans,” says UC Senior Vice President and Provost Anthony J. Perzigian. “UC leads the state’s four-year institutions in our involvement in the Yellow Ribbon GI Enhancement Program, which expands tuition benefits to qualifying post-9/11 veterans. Salute to Service is our expansion of the program and is our humble way of saying ‘Thank you’ to those who have served and those preparing to serve.”
The University of Cincinnati currently has about 500 veterans enrolled and about 250 enrolled ROTC cadets.
For more information about Salute to Service, and to donate online, please click here.
VIDEO: UC Veterans Ceremony Introduces UC's 'Salute to Service'
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