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USF earns Collegiate Purple Star Campus designation for its support of military families

The state designation recognizes higher education institutions that provide critical support to military-connected students and families as they transition into higher education and sustained resources throughout their academic journey.

March 22, 2024Student Success, University News

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Key legislative priority would make USF a model for supporting veteran and military-connected students

The University of South Florida seeks to strengthen the support and services it provides to veterans, military-connected students and first responders through a new request for funding in this year’s legislative session. The funds would lead to new or upgraded Office of Veteran Success facilities on all three USF campuses, benefitting thousands of students.

January 31, 2024Student Success

USF student veteran gives back to the military community

USF student veteran gives back to the military community

Julio Figueroa's story encourages others to embrace change, pursue purpose and remember that it's never too late to jump into a new journey.

January 9, 2024Student Success

U.S. Army veteran helping USF students reacclimate to civilian life and the classroom

U.S. Army veteran helping USF students reacclimate to civilian life and the classroom

After serving 20 years, Wayne Taylor retired and went back to school. Now he’s using what he learned as a student-veteran himself to pay it forward in his role as director of the USF Office of Veteran Success.  

November 22, 2023Campus Life, Student Success

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USF adopts a ‘veteran inclusive’ approach to better support military-connected students

USF is home to nearly 1,400 student veterans. They are among roughly one million college students with military backgrounds nationwide. USF has recently adopted a “veteran inclusive” approach that recognizes veterans’ experiences and viewpoints and incorporates them into everyday campus life.

November 20, 2023Student Success

Zach and Liz Eastman

Military couple soaring to new heights at USF

After spending 10 years in the military, Air Force fighter pilots Captain Zach Eastman and Major Liz Eastman are now in their second to last semester at USF. The married couple is currently serving as flight instructors all while working to complete their online Master of Business Administration.

November 8, 2023Student Success

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USF contingent experiences the Marines Corps

From navigating obstacle courses to hearing from men and women commissioned as officers, a delegation from the University of South Florida took part in an inspiring and informative week at the U.S. Marine Corps Educators Workshop.

July 3, 2023Community Partnerships

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Veteran and military-connected students continue to serve communities impacted by Hurricane Ian

More than a month since Hurricane Ian made landfall, USF student veterans and alumni continue relief efforts in southwest Florida.

November 7, 2022Community Partnerships

Rio Tate

USF student veteran receives national honor from the Pat Tillman Foundation

University of South Florida aging studies student and U.S. Air Force veteran Rio Tate is being awarded a 2022 Tillman Scholarship through the Pat Tillman Foundation. Tate is the only student from a Florida public university in this year’s class.

June 28, 2022Honors and Awards

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USF honors military service personnel with Veterans Day observances

The University of South Florida proudly supports the men and women of the military and has been recognized as one of the top institutions in the nation for veteran and military-affiliated students.

November 5, 2021University News

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Federal grant will enhance support services for USF’s student veterans

The Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Service has received federal funding to enhance the capacity of the Office of Veteran Success, building on existing services and expanding the support at the St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Tampa campuses.

September 3, 2021University News

A photograph of U.S. Army veteran and USF student Josh Burnes while he was in the Army

USF student veteran earns national recognition from the Pat Tillman Foundation

University of South Florida psychology student and U.S. Army veteran Josh “JB” Burnes is being honored with a 2021 Tillman Scholarship awarded by the Pat Tillman Foundation. Burnes is among a prestigious group of 60 U.S. service members, veterans and military spouses to earn this recognition. He is the only student from a Florida university in this year’s class.

June 29, 2021Honors and Awards, University News

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