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SALUTE

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To SALUTE is to acknowledge, congratulate, 
pay respects
, and recognize.

These terms are synonymous with what SALUTE National hopes to do for our members who have shown courage, strength, leadership, excellence, and perseverance in their military endeavors and now are showing that same commitment to their academic careers.

The students who are inducted into SALUTE represent every slice of American military and veterans in higher education, at two and four year institutions. Members include retirees, disabled veterans, active duty military, National Guard and reservists returning to higher education, starting second careers, or helping fund their college careers with military service.

SALUTE is the only national honor society recognizing and honoring the service and the scholastic achievements of student veterans, of which the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is proud to now be a recognized Chapter.

Benefits of individual membership include:

  • One-time $20.00 payment for lifetime membership
  • A certificate and military-style challenge coin commemorating membership in SALUTE and specific level of academic achievement
  • Compete for Scholarships
  • Enhance your resume with formal academic acknowledgement and engage in local leadership positions
  • Opportunities to network, as well as, receive and give assistance to fellow student veteran members
  • Participate in local and national SALUTE programs

Scholarships: SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society is proud to introduce our national scholarship program. The purpose is to provide financial assistance to Veterans or service members who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate or certification at accredited institutions. The scholarship monies are inclusive of educational expenses, and if an applicant receives federal aid, their award package from the institution may be adjusted.

OUR HISTORY: SALUTE was formed in 2009 by the Colorado State University Veterans Office thanks to a grant by the American Council of Education and Wal-Mart Foundation. Now, there are over 230 chapters as part of the society, and nearly 12,000 student veterans have been inducted!

Each chapter symbolizes not only the collective achievement of veterans bettering themselves through the pursuit of knowledge, but also our commitment as a group to honor those among us that are the tip of the spear across the nation.  

We are continuing our history and the success of student leaders by sanctioning them to continue to serve. Each scholar will forever be members of our society and be the role models for the student veterans that follow them. They have a duty going forward for making this honor society, and their local chapter, something that promotes achievement by all student veterans now and in the future. I am proud to announce that our society inducts new members into our ranks from active student bodies every semester. This tremendous growth of our society shows the dedication of our military and veteran population when it comes to academics, and our students are recognized and honored at ceremonies across the nation from all of our active chapters!

OUR VALUES:  Service – Academics – Leadership – Unity – Tribute Excellence

These are the foundation blocks of our honor society and is the basis of your success.

Service

​An act of helpful activity or selflessness, help, and aid: The service member who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect their county and do good service for their sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.

" You can start from this day forward to apply the habit of going the extra mile by always rendering more service".

Academics

A scholar or teacher in an institute of higher education, in the environment concerned with the pursuit of research, education, and scholarship: True scholars humbly realize the learning is a continuing process and are keenly aware of the level of dedicated and that's what you should be in anything in life. Whether it's sports, academics, or your relationship. It all stems from finding that fun, that thrill, that excitement of the pursuit of knowledge.

"Whatever you are doing, do it with all your might, give 100%- always. You will be dedicated and that's what you should want to be in anything in life". Find that fun, that thrill, that excitement in the pursuit of knowledge...

Leadership

​Activity of influencing people to cooperate in achieving some common goal or objective. The quality to pull together as one, yet allows them to contribute while retaining their uniqueness as individuals.

Unity

​The state of being one; oneness; a thing forming a complex whole; being connected together for the good of the country and community.

Tribute

​Acknowledge of the valuable consideration paid by one to another, in the price of peace, security and protection. 

"The greatest real thrill that life offers is to create, to construct, to develop something useful. Too often we fail to recognize and pay tribute to the creativity spirit. It is that spirit that creates our jobs".

Excellence

​The state of excelling, if you are going to achieve excellence in the big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an expression; it is a prevailing attitude.

Standards for Student Membership: All undergraduate students selected for induction to SALUTE must meet the following criteria:

  1. 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.
  2. Be currently enrolled as a student, and have a minimum of 12 course credits, for undergraduates.
  3. The undergraduate GPA tiers (grade point averages may not be rounded) 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
  1. Maintain the highest ethical standards.

PITT-GREENSBURG MEMBERSHIP LIST

Questions regarding SALUTE or the membership application process? Contact Lisa Reffner, SALUTE Director of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Chapter, at lmr97@pitt.edu or 724-836-7188.