Military & Veteran Services Newsletter

February 23, 2018

Student Spotlight

Jesse Herman is a Master of Social Work candidate and the new Veteran Student Services Intern in the Office of Military and Veteran Services. He supports the office’s work across the university, engaging directly with student veterans and assisting in the office’s administration. Jesse is a U.S. Army veteran, Brown School student, and active St. Louis community member. Jesse will be working in the office through August 2018. Stop by during office hours to grab a cup of coffee and say hello!

Have you accomplished something notable that you’d like to share with your peers? Do you have a student veteran you’d like to highlight? Email

Around Campus

Military and Veteran Services Office Hours

New office hours for the Office of Military and Veteran Services are as follows:

Wednesdays, 12:30 – 4 pm
Thursdays, 10 am – 12 pm and 2 – 4 pm

We invite you to stop by Umrath 121 during these times to ask questions, learn more about connecting with other veterans on campus, and to grab a free cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

Student Veteran Census

Complete the Student Veteran Census today!

Veterans attending WashU are encouraged to self-identify so our office may corral the necessary support to ensure student success and to celebrate your military service. We advocate for veterans and servicemembers from all branches, whether you do or do not receive educational benefits from the DOD or VA.

In late March, the names of those who completed the census will be entered into a drawing for a copy ofLife During College: The Veteran’s Guide to Success by Osborne, Arndt and Coleman.

New WUVets Executive Leadership Team

Congratulations to the newly-elected leadership team for the 2018-2019 academic year:

Additional information about meetings and opportunities to get involved are available at

WashU Supports Recovery

WashU received a $10,000 grant from the nonprofit group Transforming Youth Recovery to assist students in recovery from substance use disorders. We will build a judgment-free network that will connect WashU undergraduate and graduate students to each other and to available resources.

Attend the introductory event on Wednesday, February 28 in the Danforth University Center, Room 248, at 6 pm. All undergrad, graduate and professional students who feel they will benefit from this group are welcome. Free pizza and coffee will be served and you will be provided with campus and community resources.

To learn more, contact Amanda Hoylman at (314) 935-7386 or

The Perfect Pitch Spring 2018 Competition

The Perfect Pitch is an interdisciplinary case-study competition similar to the Three Minute Thesis that has been created specifically for masters/professional students. Participants are given a cross-disciplinary case study and asked to produce a compelling solution from the vantage point of their academic discipline. Students will have three minutes and one slide to present their case. The Perfect Pitch hones students’ ability to identify, apply, and share best practices in their field. Students compete individually, and first place will receive $1000, second place $250, and audience’s acclaim $100. Winners of the competition will receive travel awards with the grand prize worth $1,000.

The competition is Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 4 – 5:30 pm in the Women’s Building Formal Lounge.

Recreation Center Updates

You can see an “almost real-time” facility count of gym usage for the Sumers Recreation Center in the right hand column at

The Rec Center is now sponsoring healthy cooking classes through the Director of University Nutrition and Bon Appetit. All events are free and open to WashU students. Additional information on upcoming programs is available at

Bear Adventures gives WashU students the opportunity to get off campus and experience some of the best attractions in the St. Louis region. There is an overnight trip scheduled for spring break to the Lake of the Ozarks from March 15-16. Additional information on upcoming trips is available at

Career Interest Groups

WashU Career Interest Groups bring together communities of students, staff, faculty, and alumni focused on highly desired career paths. Aggregating all institutional information available, students interested in exploring these careers learn fundamentals necessary to compete in these markets, make real-time industry connections, obtain sage alumni advice, share accumulated knowledge and contacts to enhance their careers, and the WashU brand. All students are encouraged to join one or more groups. Each group works differently, utilizing Blackboard, LinkedIn, listservs, Skype, Google Chat and other communication and social media networks most effective for their cohorts. Alumni, faculty and staff are invited to join, contribute and collaborate where possible. Groups include: Explorers, Consulting, Engineering, Entertainment, Fashion, Finance, Government & Public Policy, Pre-Grad, Pre-Health, Pre-Law, Strategic Communications, and Sustainability.

For more information, and to join, go to

Career Center Events

The Career Center holds hundreds of events each semester to help undergraduates and graduate students at WashU achieve their career goals. Events range from information sessions with employers to career fairs to skill-building workshops.

Check here for upcoming events and to RSVP:

Graduate Leadership Credential

The Graduate Leadership Credential can be earned by graduate and professional students through participation in leadership programming, the creation of leadership development initiatives and serving as a student leader. Participating students will enhance their communication skills, hone their professionalism, and strengthen their strategic capabilities to better serve their objectives in graduate school and prepare for the transition to post-graduate opportunities.

The Spring 2018 Leadership Credential Information Session is Monday, February 26 at 12:30 PM in the Liberman Graduate Center of the Danforth University Center. RSVP to attend (pizza will be served).

Upcoming Events

Student Veterans Week

The student veterans at UMSL, SLU, WashU, Webster and Lindenwood Universities, in proud partnership with Missouri Veterans Endeavorand Handicare, are proud to announce Student Veterans Week. 

All five campuses will have events to showcase the strengths and successes of St. Louis student veterans from March 17-24. It is estimated that we have over 2,500 military-connected students using benefits who are currently enrolled in St. Louis area universities.

Access the flyer at to sign up and attend multiple events.

RSVP deadline for the SLU community service event is Monday, February 26

Saturday, March 17, 9:30 – 11 am
Community Service Event
Salvation Army Veteran’s Residence 2933 Locust Street
Commemorative T-shirts will be given to all volunteers
Hosted by Saint Louis University

Sunday, March 18, 2 – 4 pm
Veterans Writing Workshop
Missouri History Museum, Shaughnessy Conference Room
Non-Student veterans and military family members welcome
Hosted by Lindenwood University

Tuesday, March 20, 4 – 7 pm
LinkedIn Training 4-5:30 Bring laptop
“Vetworking,” & Cocktail hour 5:30p
Anheuser Busch Hall Courtyard 3rd Floor
Hosted by Washington University in St. Louis

Wednesday, March 21, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Veterans Mental Health Panel w/ The Zola Initiative 
Browning Hall- Interdisciplinary Science Building, Auditorium, Room 160
Hosted by Webster University

Friday, March 23, 5:30 – 8 pm
Film Screening “Surviving Home”
Millennium Student Center 3rd Floor
Q&A and Reception with special guest Bobby Henline (film subject, veteran, and comedian) follows the screening.
Hosted by University of Missouri St. Louis
Veterans, family, and community members are invited to ALL events

Save the Date: Veterans Commencement Recognition Ceremony

Tuesday, May 15th, 3:30 – 5 pm

Veterans graduating in Spring and Summer 2018 are invited to participate in a recognition ceremony during commencement week, recognizing their service to this nation and their successful completion of their academic program. Graduates will receive their red, white and blue honor cords during this ceremony, which can be worn during commencement.

Additional event details and RSVP information will be provided in the coming weeks. This event will be free and open to graduating student veterans, guests and faculty and staff supporters.

Scholarships, Fellowships & Internships

Pat Tillman Foundation Fellowship

Through a premier fellowship program, our mission is to unite and empower remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self. The program supports Tillman Scholars with academic scholarships, a national network, and professional development opportunities so they are empowered to make an impact on the world. Since the program’s inception, PTF has named more than 520 Tillman Scholars at more than 100 institutions nationwide.

Applications to become a 2018 Tillman Scholar will open Feb. 1, 2018 and close March 1, 2018 at 11:59p.m. PT. The scholarship assists with academic expenses, and can be used for tuition and fees, living expenses, and books. 2018 Tillman Scholars can expect an average award of $10,000. But, scholars receive much more than just funding. Our program unites the best talent and leadership in the military community to make a significant impact in the fields of medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education and the arts.

Focus Forward Fellowship

Focus Forward Fellowship is designed to help women student veterans build skills, leadership and a sense of community with their peers. Through the program, Fellows will:

  • build a community of support;
  • access corporate mentors to develop new career skills;
  • understand individual strengths and how to maximize those strengths;
  • identify strategies and resources to increase connections and success on campus;
  • gain confidence in problem solving; and
  • develop skills to help foster academic and career goals.

Interested women have until March 23 to complete the eligibility form. If eligible, they will receive an invitation to submit a full application.

Veterans in Global Leadership Fellowship

Veterans in Global Leadership (VGL) is currently accepting applications from exceptional student veterans for the 2018-2019 year-long fellowship program. We seek a diverse group of fellows with a range of personal and professional backgrounds and service histories, including both former officers and enlisted personnel. Strong preference for candidates with a passion for service, a commitment to assist other veterans, an entrepreneurial spirit, and proven leadership skills. Women and minorities are highly encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: 30 April 2018. We will notify accepted fellows June 1st via email. 


Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program

The Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program provides scholarships up to $7,000 per year, to fill gaps for veterans and the spouses of disabled veterans after military benefits and other grants and scholarships have been utilized. To help recipients focus on completing their degree, these scholarships are renewable, and award amounts will grow by $1,000 each year.

Deadline to apply is February 28.

Association of the United States Army – St. Louis Gateway Chapter Scholarship

AUSA is pleased to announce that availability of merit scholarships. These scholarships typically range from $1,000 to $2,500. These scholarships recognize a student’s academic and leadership achievements and are available to high school seniors, Army personnel and Army ROTC students in the Gateway Chapter territory.

Deadline to apply in March 6.


Raytheon Patriot Scholarship

Two $10,000 scholarships are provided to student veterans demonstrating a commitment to and passion for their chosen field of study, as well as demonstrated leadership and engagement within their community.

The 2018 Raytheon Patriot Scholarship is offered exclusively to U.S. Army veterans, and is named after Raytheon’s Patriot Air and Missile Defense System. The application will remain open until April 10th, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. You must complete an online application, answer three essay questions, attach the required documents, and have one letter of reference be submitted prior to the deadline to be considered.


Comcast NBC Universal Scholarship

NBC Universal is committed to increasing diversity both on the air and behind the scenes. Doing so provides a secure, powerful, and competitive advantage in the media and entertainment industry.

As part of this commitment, we’re supporting two $12,000 scholarships to any eligible student veteran! The 2018 NBCUniversal SVA Scholarship application will remain open until April 10th, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Other Resources & Opportunities

VA Welcome Guide

The VA recently launched its VA Welcome Guide on This kit is designed to help veterans use the VA benefits and services they’ve earned and, according to the VA, will soon be sent to all separating servicemembers as part of VA’s existing welcome home process.

A direct link to the downloadable guide is available at

Veterans Identification Card

You can obtain a printed Veteran ID Card (VIC) instead of using your DD214 to get discounts on goods and services offered to Veterans.

You do not need to request this card if you have one of these:

  • Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC), or
  • Department of Defense Identification Card—either a Common Access Card (CAC) or a Uniformed Services ID Card, or
  • State-issued ID (driver’s license) with a Veteran designation or a state-issued Veteran ID Card. Check with your state to see if they issue Veteran ID Cards.

You can use any of these cards to get the same discounts. If you already have one of them, you don’t need a VIC, but you can still apply for it if you’d like. If you don’t have one of these cards, you should request a Veteran ID Card.

Request your VIC at

Discount Tickets to the 2018 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament

The 2018 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament is coming to Scottrade Center on March 7-11. The St. Louis Sports Commission would like everyone to be able to attend this premier championship and would like to extend a special offer to those that are serving or have served in the armed forces.

Session 1 of the SEC tournament is being deemed “Military Appreciation Night” and will be Wednesday, March 7 at 6 pm. The session includes 2 games and all seating is general admission.  As a thank you for your support and service, members of the military and veterans can purchase tickets at only half price ($7.50) using the code USA at the link below. Attending patrons will be recognized for their service and there will be a special halftime presentation during the first game of the session as well.

Click to purchase tickets:

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Stories of Honor Campaign

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is hard at work on the 2018 “Stories of Honor” Campaign and is currently accepting nominations. This is their third year honoring the active duty and veteran heroes in the STL region. They expect to honor 20 people, whose stories will be featured in a Sunday edition of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Some of the most powerful stories come from those who have served in the armed forces. Recognize the service, bravery and sacrifice of the many heroes who have served or are serving our country.

Veterans and active servicemembers from all branches are open for nomination. Select stories will be published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and on Each honoree will be recognized with a plaque and a prize pack at the Night of Honor event at the conclusion of the program.

Consider nominating yourself or someone you know: