Ohio Dominican University is partnering with the Central Ohio chapter of Catholic War Veterans of America (CWVA) to encourage Catholic veterans and active duty military to pursue a college degree, and support them throughout their collegiate career. The partnership was formalized on April 10, 2018 when the agreement was signed by ODU President Robert A. Gervasi, Ph.D., CWV Greater Columbus Post 1936 Commander Ted Mosure, and ODU PATRIOTS Program director, Maj. Gen. Dennis Laich (Ret.).
Catholic War Veterans of America is a national service organization of Catholic men and women who have served, or are currently serving in the United States military.
This partnership aligns with the missions of both the CWVA and ODU’s Patriot’s Program to provide veterans and active duty military an opportunity to pursue a college education. Members of CWVA also will be invited to participate in all of the Patriot’s Program activities on campus.
ODU has been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media for nine consecutive years. In 2017, ODU was ranked the best small private university in Ohio, and the fifth-best in the United States.
To further demonstrate its commitment to providing current military service members, veterans and military education benefits-eligible dependents with an opportunity to enhance their academic credentials, ODU announced its “Salute to Service Scholarship” in 2017, in which ODU will cover up to $3,000 in tuition per semester that is not already covered by military education benefits, or other state and federal grants and scholarships. The scholarship will help many military students achieve their goal of completing a degree at little to no personal expense.
ODU first launched the PATRIOTS Program more than 20 years ago to meet the educational needs of returning Gulf War veterans. Through PATRIOTS, veterans can achieve their academic goals by pursuing either an associate, bachelor's or master's degree. The University reintroduced the PATRIOTS Program in response to the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, also known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill. ODU is an active participant in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon program.
The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act enables those veterans who qualify for the educational benefit to earn a college degree or graduate degree. Depending on the number of active-duty months they have served, Post-9/11 veterans in Ohio may qualify for as much as 100 percent of their schooling expenses, with allowances for monthly living expenses, books and student activity fees. Veterans may receive up to 36 months of assistance (or four academic years).