Troy University is showing its appreciation for the country’s service men and women during Military Appreciation Month by waiving the University’s application fees for service members and their dependents during the month of May.
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.
Military Appreciation Month was established by Congress in 1999 to ensure the nation was given the chance to publicly show their appreciation for troops past and present.
“Troy University takes very seriously our service to those men and women in uniform, and those who support them,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. “We know that freedom is not free, and at TROY, we appreciate and take great pride in serving those who sacrifice daily to protect our way of life. Since the 1950s, Troy University has 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. More than 50 TROY alumni serve as general or flag-rank officers or as members of the Senior Executive Service of all four branches of the U.S. 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 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 and Tennessee. The Center is designed to be a one-stop shop to meet the unique needs of military-affiliated students.
To learn more, visit https://www.troy.edu/military-veterans/.