Student Veteran Contacts

Director, Center for Veteran and Military Services
Sylvia O'Hara

Admissions Recruiter
Mary Rendon

Financial Aid Specialist/Benefits Coordinator
David Paskett

Academic Advisor
Frances Peacock

Why Westminster for Vets?

  • Personalized academic advising for veterans
  • Yellow Ribbon Program for financial assistance
  • Westminster Military Association – a supportive community of faculty, staff, students and alumni who have all served or currently serve. The organization plans social events, community service projects, etc.
  • Application fee of $50 and $250 deposit waived for all veterans
  • Military Honor Cords are given to all graduating student veterans to wear at Commencement
  • Counseling support services for veterans
  • 2015 Military Friendly School
  • Recognition opportunities for veterans
  • SALUTE National Honor Society
  • Westminster is a supporter of the “Got Your 6” campaign that pledges to help bridge the civilian-military divide
  • Small class sizes (average 10:1 ratio) allow for a more personalized college experience
  • Westminster offers traditional classes as well as Competency-Based degree programs to accommodate working professionals
  • World-class outdoor recreation opportunities: Westminster is just minutes away from ski resorts, mountain biking trails, kayaking rivers, etc.

On Sept. 11, 2015, Westminster held the Grand Opening for the college's first-ever Center for Veterans & Military Services (CVMS).

Veterans Center ConferenceThe new Center for Veteran & Military Services is located in Walker Hall and will provide a central location to support veterans, dependents and other military students. The new center includes:

  • A full-time, dedicated director focused on serving the Westminster military community
  • A Veterans Affairs student worker
  • Office space to host representatives from the VA, financial aid, counseling center, etc.
  • GI Bill benefits counseling
  • Referral services
  • Student Support Services
  • Veteran mentoring and tutoring
  • Free computer, fax, copy and printing for student use
  • A lounge area with sofas and matching tables, a flat screen TV and a DVD player
  • A place for pure camaraderie
  • A coffee bar and microwave
  • A conference/study area for meetings and tutoring

Veterans Center InteriorThe Center for Veteran & Military Services will serve the more than 130 veteran students and their dependents, as well as approximately 90 Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students at Westminster, which has a total population of 2,800 students.

The establishment of the center and director position was made possible by generous lead gifts from alumna, trustee and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Kim T. Adamson and the R. Harold Burton Foundation. Additional contributions are being sought to complete the furnishing and operations of the center.

Center for Veteran and Military Services (CVMS) Director

The director of Westminster's Center for Veteran and Military Services (CVMS) is Sylvia O'Hara.

Previously, O'Hara worked at the University of Utah’s Veterans Support Center and helped build their program from the ground up. She served in the Utah Army National Guard for six years and currently serves on the board of Wasatch Women Warriors, which is dedicated to supporting Utah Women veterans and their families. O’Hara has a bachelor of science in mass communication from the University of Utah.

There are many local and national agencies and resources available to Westminster’s military community, and we have compiled an extensive list that may be helpful to our Student Veterans during their time at Westminster and beyond.

Please note that Westminster does not necessarily endorse the views or facts presented by the external agency listings.

Veteran Students Statewide Resources

Veteran Students National Resources

Westminster College participates in cross-town (aka partnership) agreements with the University of Utah for the following Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs:

Students who successfully complete their respective ROTC program and graduate with their academic degree, will be commissioned as officers in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines. Nationwide, ROTC graduates comprise approximately 40 percent of all active-duty officers in the Department of Defense.

Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Please contact your respective ROTC unit for specific questions.

SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society

Colorado State University
8033 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-8033
Tel: 970-497-3909
Fax: 970-491-3906

My online signature below certifies that I currently meet each of the criteria for selection into the Westminster College Chapter of SALUTE - Veterans National Honor Society.

Undergraduate Students:

I. All students selected for induction in SALUTE must meet the following criteria:

A) Be currently enrolled as a Westminster student

B) Qualify as military/veteran student under locally-derived and maintained definitions. Applicant must submit a DD-214 Member 4 copy that displays the character of service (honorable discharge). Applicants currently serving on active duty or in the Guard or Reserves must submit a copy of orders for their current duty assignment.

C) The GPA tiers are broken down according to the following:

  • Alpha Tier GPA: 3.75 - 4.00

  • Bravo Tier GPA: 3.50 - 3.74

  • Charlie Tier GPA: 3.25 - 3.49

  • Delta Tier GPA: 3.00 - 3.24

Grade Point Averages may not be rounded.

D) Have served or currently be serving in the military, National Guard, or reserves. If no longer serving, have been honorably discharged from service.

E) Maintain the highest ethical standards.

Graduate Students:

Graduate students will be classified as SALUTE Gold members, completed 12 semester/quarter hours of graduate work or the equivalent, and must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. There are no tier levels for grad students.


1. Complete all information on this online form. Be sure to include your online signature and the date.

2. Maintain the integrity of the honor society by submitting an unofficial Westminster transcript with annotated GPA and a copy of military orders/DD-214.

3. Submit a $20 lifetime membership fee with this application. Payment may be made by check payable to “SALUTE National Honor Society”

4. Submit all documents and payment to Frances Peacock in the START Center which is in Carleson Hall.

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