Tusculum named to top Military Friendly Schools list again

military-friendly-2015-LOGOTusculum College was recently named to the top Military Friendly Schools list for 2015. This makes the fifth time the oldest college in the state of Tennessee has received the honor.

The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and dependents, along with ensuring their academic success. Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is the shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

In a statement released by Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody, “Through the Yellow Ribbon program, the college acknowledges the commitment of those who have served our country by providing them with financial support to complete their education. With a variety of locations, programs, majors, degrees and scheduling options offered at Tusculum College, we are uniquely suited to serve those whose educational path was interrupted or who are considering beginning or continuing their higher education.”

The Military Friendly Schools list is a key resource in letting military personnel, veterans and their families know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience.

Tusculum College began participating in the Yellow Ribbon program in August 2009. Under the program, Tusculum matches dollars put in by the Veterans Administration so veterans, their spouses, or their dependents can work toward their advanced degree, as well as quality got money to assist with housing.

Currently, there are more than 35 students enrolled in various Tusculum degree programs who receive Yellow Ribbon benefits.

The program is applicable towards all Tusculum College degree programs, which include traditional undergraduate programs, as well as the Graduate and Professional Studies programs. Tuition benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program are also available to both full and part time students.

“Tusculum College is committed to helping military service personnel, U.S. Veterans and their families find the right program and format to best suit them in completing their college degree in both our residential and our Graduate and Professional Studies programs,” said LeAnn Hughes, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing at Tusculum College, in a statement. “It is a priority of Tusculum to provide access to military and their families who are seeking higher education opportunities and to make that access as simple and affordable as possible.

“We are pleased with the number of military who choose Tusculum College because of the personalized program that assists them with every step along the path to graduation.”

In addition, Tusculum has a long-standing relationship with the United States Navy through its partnership with the U.S.S. Greeneville submarine. Since its christening, Tusculum has partnered with crew members, offering an annual scholarship to crewman and/or members of their family.

To date, three people benefitting from that relationship have become Tusculum College alumni. There are currently three students receiving this scholarship in the residential program.

Tusculum has a site location at the McGee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Blount County to serve the needs of students in that area.

Tusculum has offered assistance to veterans returning to higher education for many years. Veterans Affairs Coordinator Pat Simons is available to specifically support veterans with their admissions and financial aid questions. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon Program or other assistance provided by the college, contact Simons at 423-636-7300.

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