DONALDSON – Ancilla College announced today that it has been designated as a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse magazines. This is the fourth consecutive year the small college near Plymouth, Indiana, has been named alongside major universities as a school that actively supports veterans and military family members in pursuit of a college education.
“Ancilla College is focused on students. We don’t have a massive, impersonal campus. Classes have an average of 14 students, led by instructors who work directly with them. That’s the kind of environment veterans can come back to school without getting lost in a sea of undergraduates at a larger institution,” Ancilla’s Vice President for Enrollment Management Eric Wignall, said.
“Being Military Friendly, being supportive of veterans and their family members, is important to us. Most veterans earned educational benefits from their service that they don’t use. The transition from military life to civilian can be jarring. At Ancilla, we make sure they know they’ve earned our respect and gratitude and they’ve also earned a place in our classrooms,” Wignall said.
The Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation.
The Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student-veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role advancing best practices to support military students across the country.
“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer of Victory Media and a. U.S. Navy Reserve veteran.
“Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation,” Nichols said.
“Veterans often do not use their educational benefits and Ancilla is trying to reach out to vets in northern Indiana to change that,” Financial Aid Director Marcy Hopple said.
“One of the benefits of serving your country is access to veterans’ education programs that enable you to begin, or resume, your education after you’ve been discharged from active duty, or while serving in the reserves. Veterans attending Ancilla College can receive regular education compensation for which they may qualify through the Veterans Administration” Hopple explained.
Ancilla works with members of every branch of the service, she said. Even current reservists may qualify for a portion of their tuition, fees and books to be paid through the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
“Both the federal government and nonprofit organizations offer money for college to veterans, active duty personnel, or family members of veterans or active duty personnel,” Hopple said.
For more information about Ancilla College’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit Ancilla’s website at www.ancilla.edu/veterans.
The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data driven survey of thousands of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Advisory Board comprised of educators and HR, diversity and recruitment professionals from schools across the country. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found on the company’s website, https://www.militaryfriendly.com.