ETSU Achieves Prestigious Military Friendly Designation | Education


Brandon Paul, a student at East Tennessee State University, spent nine years serving his country as a member of the Coast Guard. Stationed across the United States, Paul is now a junior who plans to apply to the university’s dental hygiene program this semester.

The support he received at ETSU helped propel him forward.

“The Veterans Affairs office on campus has been a total blessing, and the staff, especially David Haselroth, always go above and beyond for military-affiliated students on campus,” he said. “Honestly, I couldn’t imagine attending without this desk.”

It’s experiences like this that have earned ETSU the Military Friendly School designation again for the 12th year in a row. A prestigious honor, institutions that earn these designations are evaluated using public data sources and survey responses.

“ETSU has been recognized as a military-friendly campus for more than a decade,” said Dan Bishop, director of veterans at ETSU. “We should be proud that our efforts are consistently recognized for our support of the veteran student population, and more broadly, the sons and daughters of our veterans who are here at ETSU.”

ETSU has hundreds of military-affiliated veterans and students, including military spouses. They receive priority enrollment in classes each semester, exclusive access to the social and study space of the ETSU Army-Affiliated Student Resource Center, membership in the ETSU Chapter of student veterans of America and personalized support from Veterans Affairs.

Scholarships and out-of-state tuition waivers are also available, in addition to co-op positions for students using GI Bill benefits.

The honor should make ETSU proud, Bishop said, but it shouldn’t generate complacency.

“We have something special here. ETSU has consistently produced generation after generation of servant leaders who have sought a life focused on serving the needs of the Appalachian region and the nation,” he said. “We should cherish this tradition and encourage the next generation to take up the torch of service, whether in uniform, in medical gowns, in the classroom or in countless other professions focused on the care of others. How can we, as a university, support this call to service? »

To learn more about scholarships and other benefits available to military-affiliated students at ETSU, visit or contact [email protected] or (423) 439-6819.



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