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Marymount Named a 2013 Military Friendly School®

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Marymount University has been named to the list of Military Friendly Schools® for the third year by G.I. Jobs Magazine, which is owned by Victory Media Inc., a service-disabled, veteran-owned business. The 2013 list honors the top 15 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 enrolls more than 200 military service members, veterans, and their dependents. The University provides a variety of programs and services to meet the unique needs of these students and to ensure that they receive all the benefits they are entitled to under the G.I. Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. With dedicated personnel and a website with key information and links, Marymount facilitates the application and benefits process.

The Yellow Ribbon program gives private universities like Marymount the option of providing additional financial assistance for this target group, with matching payments from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA). Under this program, Marymount currently (academic year 2012-2013) provides 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 to attend Marymount through the Yellow Ribbon Program. This money is in addition to other benefits included in the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.

Junior Matthew Shuman, a Criminal Justice major, is a veteran who completed his service as an Army sergeant with the military police. He says, “When I started at Marymount, the staff assisted me greatly with applying for VA benefits. Last spring, I was asked to help the university with creating a veteran’s organization on campus. I really appreciate that interest and support.”

Dr. Chris Domes, Marymount vice president for Student Development and Enrollment Management, points out that the appreciation goes both ways. “Our military students and veterans are important members of the Marymount community. We are so grateful for their service,” he explains, “and we want to do all we can to help them be successful in their studies, their careers, and their lives going forward.” He adds, “The new student organization for military service members and veterans is one more way that we can be supportive.”

Hope Sivilai ’10, a staff sergeant in the Army Reserves, earned her B.A. in Criminal Justice at Marymount and is now pursuing an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, while also working in Marymount’s School of Education and Human Services. After completing her graduate degree, she plans to work with the military population and is one of the driving forces in developing the military student organization. Launching this semester, the organization will include a sponsorship program to link new military students with fellow vets. She says, “We can assist each other with peer mentoring and tutoring. And, we want to field a Marymount team to participate in community events supporting vets, as well.”

Military reservists sometimes have to interrupt their education due to mobilization for active duty. Marymount enables them to seamlessly return to their studies upon completion of their tour(s), with no need to reapply or pay re-admittance fees. They simple pick up where they left off.

In addition, Marymount is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, an association of schools with flexible policies that allow mobile service members and their families to complete decrees rather than just accumulate courses. The University also accepts American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations for military training.

And, on Veteran’s Day, Marymount University sponsors a special luncheon to say, “Thank you,” to its students and employees who are active military service members or veterans.

All of these programs and services, and the recognition from Victory Media, are reflections of Marymount’s commitment to serving those who serve the United States of America.

Military personnel interested in learning more about studying at Marymount can visit www.marymount.edu/admissions/military, or contact Carolyn Bonilla at (703)-284-1521 or email carolyn.bonilla@marymount.edu.

The list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey process and results were independently verified by Ernst and Young LLP. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria, and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) that consists of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.