Teachers, military recognized by TROY with free applications during the month of May

May is Teacher Appreciation Month and Military Appreciation Month.

May is Teacher Appreciation Month and Military Appreciation Month.

May brings about recognition of two of Troy University’s key student groups – teachers and America’s military.

This year, the University has announced it will show its appreciation to active duty service members and teachers with application fee waivers through the end of the month.

Prospective students should use the codes “USMIL2024” or “TEACH24” on their online applications at troy.edu.

Begun in 1887 as Troy Normal School, Troy University’s roots are deep in training teachers. Today, a modern College of Education is one of just five colleges that span everything from business to liberal arts, fine arts and health services. In Sept. 2023, the Alabama Commission on Higher Education approved an instructional role change that allows TROY to offer additional doctoral degrees beyond the three currently offered, a move that also propelled the University into a research-centered classification.

Nowhere is the role change more impactful than in education, where teachers can achieve the pinnacle of their profession with a doctoral degree. 

“Teaching teachers has been the lifeblood of our University since we opened our doors in 1887. Now, we can educate not only those actively engaged in the field of education but those from other disciplines. The change benefits the state of Alabama and the Wiregrass in particular in terms of opportunities for potential students as well as employers in the area,” said Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.

“Troy University’s support of the U.S. military is an essential component of our culture,” said Dr. Hawkins. “For more than 70 years, we have set the standard of service to the military, and we are pleased to recognize the commitment of our service men and women during Military Appreciation Month.”

Troy University has a long history of service to the military, dating back to the early 1950s when it began offering extension courses on what was then Camp Rucker. The teaching center was the predecessor of today’s Dothan Campus.

The University’s service to the military continued to grow, and in 1965, TROY established a teaching center at Maxwell Air Force Base, which would eventually evolve into the present-day Montgomery Campus.

Partnerships with the military have played a key role in growing TROY’s reach internationally. It was a partnership with the U.S. Air Force in 1974 that led the University to establish its first international sites in Europe.

Today, nearly 30 percent of TROY’s student body is made up of students with some affiliation to the military.  Over the past 30 years, approximately 150 TROY alumni have retired as general or flag-rank officers from all branches.

Several members of the University’s senior leadership team are veterans, including Chancellor Hawkins, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam.

In 2006, Mrs. Janice Hawkins, First Lady of Troy University, led the creation of the TROY for Troops program, which was designed to show appreciation and support for active duty military, especially those serving in harm’s way. In addition to support efforts for those on active duty, the program now includes a TROY for Troops scholarship and provides leadership for the University’s annual Military Appreciation football game.

The TROY for Troops movement led to the establishment of TROY for Troops Centers at all of the University’s Alabama campuses, as well as Support Sites in Florida and Tennessee. The Center is designed to be a one-stop shop to meet the unique needs of military-affiliated students.

“Supporting our military and their families is a big part of our culture,” Dr. Hawkins said. “TROY’s a little bit unique in that it’s a patriotic place. We know freedom isn’t free, and we want to do our part to support those people who are willing to go into harm’s way to preserve it.”