Types of Membership

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Individual Membership 

Individuals must 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 to apply. If you do not know who your Chapter Director is, or how to contact them, please email salute_national@mail.colostate.edu. Be sure to include which institution you are attending and we will reply with their contact information.

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 or service events.

Individuals who attend school at 2-year or 4-year institutions that do not hold chapter membership status may still apply and be inducted into the national chapter of SALUTE. 

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!

Standards for Student Membership:

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. 

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Upward Mobility

Individual members are encouraged to move up to the next higher tier level as their GPA increases. This serves to motivate students to improve professionally as well as academically. Higher tier levels receive opportunities for greater scholarship money and receive updated materials for individual certificates, along with a personalized letter of recommendation from SALUTE National.  

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 salute_national@mail.colostate.edu;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

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.

Chapter Membership

Any 2-year or 4-year American accredited institution of higher education in Good Standing with the Department of Veteran Affairs, and participating in the GI BILL, 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 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.

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Standards for Professional Membership:
Professional Members. Veterans who are engaged in their professional career, and have already graduated, may apply for Professional membership. They must have made a distinctive contribution to their profession or veteran services and not been previously inducted into SALUTE. Individuals meeting one or more of the following criteria may apply for professional membership through a collegiate chapter or SALUTE National if no local chapter exists.

 A) Criteria for induction (applicant must be a VETERAN and meet one or more of the follow: 

  1. Alumni of an accredited school, or collegiate chapters
  2. Have made a distinctive contribution to their profession or to veterans services
  3. Earned one or more degrees qualifying them to work in a profession with the above scholastic eligibility requirements and are currently or have worked with student veterans
  4. Matriculated student veterans who meet the above scholastic and service eligibility requirements (if applicable)
  5. Support SALUTE National through monetary or talent donations
  6. $100.00 lifetime membership fee

B) Expectations:

Professional members are expected to support their local chapters in the manner that best suits their talents and abilities and the needs of the chapters.  The following serves as an example but is not all inclusive:

  1. Seeks to build a community-based team of support for the veteran or their family
  2. Invests time and energy to help the veteran make informed decisions
  3. Provide guidance for dealing with college chaos – bridging the gap between military structure to an academic environment
Standards for National Honorary Membership:

National Honorary membership may be offered for up to seven (7) percent of the total membership of SALUTE as determined by the Executive Steering Committee.  Honorary members shall be persons who have made distinctive contributions to the cause of student veterans.  Honorary members may be spouses, dependents, faculty, community leaders, and other non-active or non-veteran personnel, and shall be nominated by a SALUTE Chapter, or by the SALUTE staff to the Executive Steering Committee for approval

A. Criteria for induction (applicant must meet one or more of the following):

  1. Spouses, dependents, faculty, community leaders, and other non-active or non-veteran personnel that have made significant contributions to their local chapter;
    1. Essay from nominator explaining why they want to appoint member
  2. Non-academic memberships;
  3. Be a US citizen or eligible for US permanent residence.

B. Expectations:

Honorary members are expected to support their local chapters in the manner that best suits their talents and abilities and the needs of the chapters.  The following serves as an example but is not all inclusive:

  1. Mentoring SALUTE members
  2. Assist members in networking with desired industry, local community, etc.
  3. Assist local chapter as specified by chapter director
  4. Support the cause of student veterans within the local institution and/or community
  5. Support SALUTE National through monetary or talent donations
  6. $100.00 lifetime membership fee







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