Individuals can apply for membership at their institution if that institution is a chapter member of SALUTE. To see if your institution has a SALUTE Chapter, click here. If your institution has a chapter, please contact your local Chapter Director about applying. If you do not know who your Chapter Director is, or how to contact them, email us. Be sure to include which institution you attend and we will reply with their contact information.
Individuals who attend school at 2-year or 4-year institutions that do not hold chapter membership status can apply to be inducted into the national chapter of SALUTE. We highly recommend you contact your chapter before applying to the national chapter. Most chapters have their own way of tracking their SALUTE members and recognize them personally for their accomplishments. Also, your institution may have local benefits that are not offered by the national chapter such as networking events or scholarships.
If your institution does not have a chapter, please feel free to apply to our national chapter by following the instructions through the link at the bottom of the page... then let us know if you are interested in creating a chapter at your school!
Membership Standards for SALUTE
All undergraduate students selected for induction to SALUTE must meet the following criteria (for graduate students, please see section below):
A) Be currently enrolled as a student.
B) Qualify as military/veteran student under locally-derived and maintained definitions. Applicant must submit a DD-214 Member 4 copy that displays the character of service (honorable discharge). Applicants currently serving on active duty or in the Guard or Reserves must submit a copy of orders for their current duty assignment.
C) The GPA tiers are broken down according to the following:
· Alpha Tier GPA: 3.75 - 4.00
· Bravo Tier GPA: 3.50 - 3.74
· Charlie Tier GPA: 3.25 - 3.49
· Delta Tier GPA: 3.00 - 3.24
Grade Point Averages may not be rounded.
D) Have served or currently be serving in the military, National Guard, or reserves. If no longer serving, have been honorably discharged from service.
E) Maintain the highest ethical standards.
Individual members are encouraged to move up to the next higher tier level as their GPA increases. This demonstrated serves to motivate students to improve professionally as well as academically. Higher tier levels receive opportunities for greater scholarship money (to be determined at a later date) and receive updated materials for individual certificates.
To move up a tier, complete a Tier Appeal Petition Form, download the form here. You will be required to submit an updated unofficial transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org or send a hard copy to the below address. Once your new tier has been confirmed we will send you a link to pay a $5 upgrade fee. As always, we do not need official transcripts. You can usually download unofficial transcripts from your institution's website.
SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society
Attn: Jenny L Pickett
Colorado State University
8033 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-8033
Graduate students are welcomed to apply for membership as well as undergraduates. Inducted graduate students will be classified as SALUTE Gold Members. To qualify as a Gold Member, the student must have completed 12 semester/quarter hours of graduate work or the equivalent, and must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. There are no tier levels for grad students.
Any 2-year or 4-year accredited institution of higher education in America can apply to become a chapter member of SALUTE. Once an institution becomes a chapter member, they will process the application and induction of individual members at their institution, with support from the national headquarters of SALUTE.
Benefits of membership include eligibility of individual members to apply and compete for national SALUTE scholarships (not yet available) and membership certificates indicating status as a chapter member of SALUTE. Other benefits are the ability to nominate representatives to the SALUTE National Advisory Committee and the ability to manage individual applications and inductions of members at their own institution.
Tier Appeal Petition Form