Widener was known as Pennsylvania Military College until 1972, and the university still maintains a vibrant Army ROTC program that serves as the headquarters for other college and university ROTC programs throughout the Philadelphia region.
For the fourth year, Victory Media, Inc. has selected Widener University as a “Military Friendly School,” placing it in the top 20 percent of all higher education institutions nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
“Given Widener’s mission as a university committed to civic engagement and service to the nation, and our history as Pennsylvania Military College, this is a great honor,” said Widener University President James T. Harris III.
The Military Friendly Schools media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.
“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Widener’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, director forG.I. Jobs and vice president at Victory Media.
Widener participates in the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, and the university introduced Widener CARES (Children of Active and Reserve Military Personnel Educational Scholarship) in 2005. This unique scholarship fund ensures that the children of U.S. military personnel, who are killed in action in either Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom, have the opportunity to pursue higher education.
The Widener School of Law also provides one of the few Veterans Law Clinics in the nation, providing free legal aid to veterans in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania who have been denied veterans benefits.
A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, distributed to active and former military personnel in early October. Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business founded in 2001. Victory’s free, data-driven Military Friendly lists are published inG.I. Jobs, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur media channels.