Katherine Kenny, associate dean of academic affairs for Edson College, says there are students enrolled in every undergraduate program who are either actively serving or have served. In total there are 284 military-affiliated students across all programs.

“Our military and veteran students have already done so much for this country. It’s really an honor for us to be able to provide excellent service to ensure they can achieve their academic dreams. We want to see all of our students do well, and we are dedicated to providing resources and time to support their success,” Kenny said.

It’s not just individual college support either. Lefko points to the military and veteran services offered universitywide that make ASU a great choice for enlisted, reservist or veteran students and their families.

“ASU has been really helpful in connecting me with resources to help get my tuition covered. The Army pays for the majority of my tuition but whatever is leftover is covered by ASU’s Military Active Duty and Reservist Commitment Scholarship,” Lefko said.

In addition to the day-to-day services, there are also year-round opportunities for engagement and connection. Right now, the university is in the midst of recognizing and celebrating all who have served through the annual Salute to Service campaign. It’s an opportunity for the university to show support to our military community and their families. 

“I think it’s so inspiring to see people who are serving their country and then taking their free time because they don’t get any time to do classes and bettering themselves,” Lefko said.             

Both students are on track to graduate in 2022 and plan to use their degrees to continue serving in their respective branches as registered nurses. As they continue working toward that goal, they shared some advice for fellow military members and veterans considering attending ASU.

“My best advice would be, don’t be afraid to reach out. Just because you don’t feel like you are a perfect fit or you have some sort of restrictions or restraints or something that would hold you back, don’t be afraid to ask the question and reach out to the college, because everyone I’ve met has been extremely helpful and kind, and I feel like they want every student to succeed,” Greene said.

“I think people see the university as this big inflexible entity but that’s not the case. As I said, in my experience, if you reach out, talk to them ahead of time and let them know what’s going on, they will work with you to find a solution. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, for help or support,” Lefko said.

Amanda Goodman

Senior communications specialist, Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation