Thank you for your interest in UMGC SALUTE. UMGC is grateful for your service to our nation and congratulates you on your academic success.

The principal behind SALUTE, which stands for Service – Academics – Leadership – Unity – Tribute – Excellence, is to recognize academic success among our student veterans.


Undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 12 credits of coursework and earned a GPA of 3.00 or higher and graduate students who have completed 12 credits of graduate work (or the equivalent) and earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher are invited to apply. All applicants must also

  • Qualify as military or veteran students under locally derived and maintained definitions
  • Have served or currently be serving in the military, National Guard, or reserves or, if no longer serving, have been honorably discharged from service
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards

If you are enrolled at UMGC and meet the minimum standards stated above, we encourage you to apply for membership.

Application Procedures

  1. Complete the membership application.

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  2. Send application and copies of all required documents to Required documents include a copy of orders for your current duty assignment (if you are currently serving on active duty or in the Guard or Reserves) or a DD-214 Member 4 copy that displays the character of your service (honorable discharge).

Note: Processing of incomplete application packets will be delayed.

Application Submission Deadlines

Summer: July 10
Fall: October 10
Spring: March 10


Each semester UMGC SALUTE reviews all applications and submits approved applicant packets to national headquarters in bulk within two weeks of the application cut-off dates.

The 25 top-performing applicants are selected for membership and informed via e-mail. If you are not selected for membership the semester that you apply, you will be considered for the subsequent semester. You may strengthen your application by joining One2One, MIL-VET Checkpoint, and the Student Veterans of America organization (Veterans Success Club).

For More Information

If you need any further information, contact Tang Smith at Thank you for your interest. The response to UMGC SALUTE has been overwhelmingly positive since its announcement, and your participation is greatly appreciated.