More than just a center, TROY for Troops is an initiative with a promise to take care of America’s fighting men and women and their families

TROY Mascot T-Roy salutes the men and women of America's military during the Military Appreciation game on Sept. 9. (TROY photo/Chris Wallace)

Troy University continues to win accolades for its service to students who are connected with America’s military.

Active Duty, veterans, Reservists, National Guard members and their families all call TROY their university of choice. Their reason is simple: TROY truly is military friendly.

“Whether bringing students onboard through enrollment, advising their academic path, maximizing their benefits through financial services, or our efforts to connect and educate them in the classroom, all of these components reflect our dedication and serve as an example that TROY is for Troops,” said Scot Brumbeloe, Director of Military and Veterans Affairs.

One of the most visible ways TROY supports military connected students is through the TROY for Troops Centers located on campuses in Troy, Montgomery, Dothan and Phenix City. The Centers offer a “one-stop shop” for military student support as well as sponsoring several veteran or service-member clubs or honor societies.

Troy University First Lady Janice Hawkins spearheaded the initiative to create the TROY for Troops Center, which has spread to all Alabama campuses, online and at TROY sites across the U.S. and internationally.

The Center was championed by University First Lady Janice Hawkins, who wanted to give military-connected students a dedicated space for support in academic, career and life goals. Moreover, as Brumbeloe is quick to point out, the TROY for Troops Center is much more than that.

“For us, it is not simply a center. It’s a promise. The Center is a commitment to students that goes being a physical location and extends that military-centric support to all our faculty and staff,” he said. “TROY has long had a reputation of being ‘military friendly,’ but amongst today’s education institutions that all strive to bear that title, TROY stands out in our commitment to see its students achieve their goals, to go from ‘military friendly’ to ‘military successful.’”

The University has been repeatedly recognized for efforts to support military connected students. Among those recognitions, is the Best for Vets designation from Military Times on Nov. 6, which ranks TROY as the leading four-year public university in the State of Alabama for its support. During 2023, TROY also was named “Gold” status with Military Friendly® and was designated a Military Friendly® school for spouses and dependents of servicemembers.

“For more than 70 years, Troy University has taken great pride in serving and supporting those who sacrifice daily to protect our way of life,” said Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. “When others recognize our dedication, it serves as validation that we are going above and beyond to provide a quality education at an affordable price to our servicemembers.”

TROY offers its Military and Family Scholarship that caps the cost of tuition at $250 per credit hour for spouses and dependents of members of the military currently serving on active duty, in the National Guard or in the Reserves at undergraduate and graduate levels. Active Duty, Reserves and National Guard servicemembers themselves pay no out-of-pocket tuition costs beyond what military tuition assistance pays.

Troy University's Sound of the South Marching Band joins the University in paying tribute to veterans and current members of the armed services during its halftime performance in the Military Appreciation football game in 2015. The annual game will be played Saturday in Veterans Memorial Stadium against Appalachian State University. (TROY photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)
Veterans lead active-duty Airmen across the field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. (TROY photo)

Since 1950, the University has served and supported the Armed Forces and those who are or have served in uniform, their spouses, and their dependents. TROY counts some 60 flag officers among its alumni ranks, has a presence on or near military installations worldwide and participates in online learning programs with all service branches.

“For generations, Troy University has understood the needs of the military student and has built a military inclusive institution offering a broad range of high quality, very affordable undergraduate and graduate academic programs supported by outstanding student services,” Dr. Hawkins said.

Troy first began serving military students in 1951 through then-Camp Rucker. In 1965, Troy established a teaching center at Maxwell Air Force Base and, in 1974, began establishing teaching sites in Europe through a contract with the U.S. Air Force. Today, nearly 30 percent of TROY’s student body is made up of students with some affiliation with the military, and the University’s Troy for Troops Center serves as a one-stop shop for military-affiliated student services and support.