Troops raising flagSALUTE is the first national academic honor society established for student veterans, and active military, in 2-year and 4-year institutions of higher education.  Another unique element of our honor society includes a 4-tier system, which is designed to encourage undergraduate student veterans to strive to improve their GPAs and advance to higher tier levels (and scholarship brackets) in the honor society during their academic careers.


SALUTE was formed in 2009 by the Colorado State University Veterans Office thanks to a grant by the American Council of Education and Wal-Mart Foundation.

Each chapter symbolizes not only the collective achievement of veterans bettering themselves through the pursuit of knowledge, but also our commitment as a group to honor those among us that are the tip of the spear across the nation.  

We are continuing our history and the success of student leaders by sanctioning them to continue to serve. Each scholar will forever be members of our society and be the role models for the student veterans that follow them. They have a duty going forward for making this honor society, and their local chapter, something that promotes achievement by all student veterans now and in the future. We are proud to announce that SALUTE inducts new members into our ranks from active student bodies every semester. This tremendous growth of our society shows the dedication of our military and veteran population when it comes to academics, and our students are recognized and honored at ceremonies across the nation from all of our active chapters!

Values: Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, Excellence

SALUTE is an acronym of the foundation blocks and core-values of the honor society, and is the basis of our success.


​An act of helpful activity or selflessness, help, and aid: The service member, who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, is able to continue their service to this Country with community-campus participation.


A scholar in an institute of education, in the environment concerned with the pursuit of research, learning, and scholarship: True scholars humbly realize the learning is a continuing process and are keenly aware of the level of dedicated and academics it will take to reach their goals of success. SALUTE supports our members through Scholarships, and we encourage our members to be peer mentors and sponsors at their colleges to incoming military-members.


​Activity of influencing people to cooperate in achieving some common goal or objective. The quality to pull together as one, allows a person to contribute while retaining their uniqueness as individuals and leaders. SALUTE requests our Chapters to facilitate student involvement and engagement in activities.


​The state of being one; oneness; a thing forming a complex whole; being connected together, networking, for the good of the country and community.


​Acknowledge of the valuable consideration paid by one to another, in the price of peace, security and protection. SALUTE may help nurture this core value by paying tribute to our fallen brothers and sisters, and through Philanthropy.


​The state of excelling, if you are going to achieve excellence in the big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is a prevailing attitude and lifelong learning.


“I promise to uphold the ideals and further the aims of SALUTE. By doing so, I’m showing my continued achievements and success–as well as– increasing my value to my college, my community, and promoting the same for future student veterans”