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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 top 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) 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.
B) Be currently enrolled as a student, and have a minimum of 12 course credits, for undergraduates
C) The undergraduate 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) Graduate Students need to have completed 9 credit hours, hold at least a 3.5 GPA, and will be classified as "SALUTE Gold Member"
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 and pay a $10 upgrade fee. You will be required to submit an updated unofficial transcript and completed Tier Appeal Petition Form.to firstname.lastname@example.org;or send a hard copy to the below address. As always, we do not need official transcripts. You can usually download unofficial transcripts from your institution's website.
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 9 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.
Chapter membership allows institutions to hold induction ceremonies honoring their own high achieving student veterans, advertise their affiliation with SALUTE, and improve recruitment and networking among veteran students. [Each academic institution has different ideas on what their chapter should be. This is by design based on the demographic and number of student veterans at each institution. Some colleges and universities have an entirely student run organization, however, it is our policy that the director (or administrator) must be a college staff member. The SALUTE Coordinator (or assistant) can be staff or student, and/or the director and coordinator may be the same person, as long as they are a staff member of the school. Some organizations participate in community service and university events. Other institutions have their chapter of the honor society as part of a community outreach and mentor programs, or simply hold ceremonies to recognize their student veterans as they go from a 2 to 4-year school or as they graduate. SALUTE Honor Society is what you make it. Whether large or small, there is no limit on awarding and recognizing your student veterans.]
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, and the ability to manage individual applications and inductions of members at their own institution.
Please make sure your name is on your Check or Money Order, and is payable to: SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society
Mail to: SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society
Colorado State University
1063 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80526-1063