November is National Military Families Appreciation Month, and Troy University is honoring their commitment and dedication by waiving application fees all month for service families.
The offer is valid for all military members, veterans and their families. Use promo code MIL2023 when applying. To apply or for additional information, visit troy.edu/military-veterans.
TROY also supports military service members and their families through discounted tuition and flexible scheduling. The Military and Family Scholarship caps the cost of tuition at $250 per credit hour for active-duty military, Reservists, and National Guard while offering spouses and dependents up to 50% in tuition savings.
TROY’s Coordinator of State Authorizations Tamara Broadnax says Military Families Appreciation Month provides the opportunity to recognize the sacrifices made by military spouses and dependents as they support the service of their loved ones.
Broadnax earned her undergraduate degree in accounting from TROY as a military dependent. Now she is a military spouse and is pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree.
“I’ve seen both sides of it,” she said. “As a spouse, the Military and Family Scholarship is definitely a tremendous benefit in helping me to pursue my graduate degree. As a freshman, TROY made it so easy for me as a military dependent student. The Financial Aid Office directed me where I needed to go and explained what I needed to have. Helping military members and their families is a priority at TROY.”
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, the University operates support centers at Kadena Air Base and Misawa Air Base in Japan and Osan Air Base and Camp Humphreys in Korea.
Today, nearly 30 percent of TROY’s student body is made up of students with some affiliation to the military. Several members of the University’s senior leadership team are veterans, including Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., 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, Tennessee and Virginia. The Center is designed to be a one-stop shop to meet the unique needs of military-affiliated students.
Broadnax encourages military members, veterans and their families to take advantage of the University’s application fee waiver during the month of November.
“I feel like military families should take advantage of this fee waiver because it provides them with an opportunity through TROY to further their educational and career aspirations,” she said. “TROY provides many programs, both on campus and online, that can benefit our military families and prepare them for their future.”