Why Westminster for Vets?

  • Personalized academic advising for veterans
  • Yellow Ribbon Program for financial assistance
  • Westminster Military Association – a supportive community of faculty, staff, students and alumni who have all served or currently serve. The organization plans social events, community service projects, etc.
  • Application fee of $50 and $250 deposit waived for all veterans
  • Military Honor Cords are given to all graduating student veterans to wear at Commencement
  • Counseling support services for veterans
  • 2015 Military Friendly School
  • Recognition opportunities for veterans
  • SALUTE National Honor Society
  • Westminster is a supporter of the “Got Your 6” campaign that pledges to help bridge the civilian-military divide
  • Small class sizes (average 10:1 ratio) allow for a more personalized college experience
  • Westminster offers traditional classes as well as Competency-Based degree programs to accommodate working professionals
  • World-class outdoor recreation opportunities: Westminster is just minutes away from ski resorts, mountain biking trails, kayaking rivers, etc.

Corbin Catmull

“A lot of people would have assumed that coming to Westminster as a veteran was crazy because it’s a liberal arts college, but it was the best thing I could do as a veteran. It allowed me to share my experiences and add what I was exposed to and mesh the two together to get a better sense of the world, a better sense of global consciousness, and a better sense of community.”

Corbin Catmull ’17, prior US Marine and transfer student, recently accepted into the MS in Health Care Management program at Johns Hopkins University

On Sept. 11, 2015, Westminster held the Grand Opening for the college's first-ever Center for Veterans & Military Services (CVMS).

Veterans Center ConferenceThe new Center for Veteran & Military Services is located in Walker Hall and will provide a central location to support veterans, dependents and other military students. The new center includes:

  • A full-time, dedicated director focused on serving the Westminster military community
  • A Veterans Affairs student worker
  • Office space to host representatives from the VA, financial aid, counseling center, etc.
  • GI Bill benefits counseling
  • Referral services
  • Student Support Services
  • Veteran mentoring and tutoring
  • Free computer, fax, copy and printing for student use
  • A lounge area with sofas and matching tables, a flat screen TV and a DVD player
  • A place for pure camaraderie
  • A coffee bar and microwave
  • A conference/study area for meetings and tutoring

Veterans Center InteriorThe Center for Veteran & Military Services will serve the more than 130 veteran students and their dependents, as well as approximately 90 Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students at Westminster, which has a total population of 2,800 students.

The establishment of the center and director position was made possible by generous lead gifts from alumna, trustee and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Kim T. Adamson and the R. Harold Burton Foundation. Additional contributions are being sought to complete the furnishing and operations of the center.

Center for Veteran and Military Services (CVMS) Director

The director of Westminster's Center for Veteran and Military Services (CVMS) is Sylvia O'Hara.

Previously, O'Hara worked at the University of Utah’s Veterans Support Center and helped build their program from the ground up. She served in the Utah Army National Guard for six years and currently serves on the board of Wasatch Women Warriors, which is dedicated to supporting Utah Women veterans and their families. O’Hara has a bachelor of science in mass communication from the University of Utah.

There are many local and national agencies and resources available to Westminster’s military community, and we have compiled an extensive list that may be helpful to our Student Veterans during their time at Westminster and beyond.

Please note that Westminster does not necessarily endorse the views or facts presented by the external agency listings.

Veteran Students Statewide Resources

Veteran Students National Resources

Westminster College participates in cross-town (aka partnership) agreements with the University of Utah for the following Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs:

Students who successfully complete their respective ROTC program and graduate with their academic degree, will be commissioned as officers in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines. Nationwide, ROTC graduates comprise approximately 40 percent of all active-duty officers in the Department of Defense.

Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Please contact your respective ROTC unit for specific questions.

Student Veteran Contacts

Director, Center for Veteran and Military Services
Sylvia O'Hara
801.832.2202
sohara@westminstercollege.edu

Financial Aid Specialist/Benefits Coordinator
David Paskett
801.832.2500
dpaskett@westminstercollege.edu

Academic Advisor
Frances Peacock
801.832.2279
fpeacock@westminstercollege.edu

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