Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, Excellence: SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society

Empowering student veterans to excel

Join SALUTE, the pioneering national academic honor society for student veterans and active military personnel at two- and four-year institutions of higher education. Our VCU chapter will honor the service, academic pursuit, and leadership of our military and veteran community, fostering a supportive network committed to excellence and unity. Through our core values of service, academics, leadership, unity, tribute, and excellence, we celebrate achievement, promote lifelong learning, and inspire a future of success. Together, we salute the past, honor the present, and shape the future of our student veterans.

"I promise to uphold the ideals and further the aims of SALUTE. By doing so, I am showing my continued achievements and success, as well as increasing my value to my college, my community, and promoting the same for future student veterans."

Eligibility requirements

  • Provide proof of military service by submitting a DD-214 with an Honorable Discharge from the United States military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, or National Guard) or a copy of current active United States military orders.
  • Be actively enrolled as an undergraduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • Retain a 3.0 GPA or higher for undergraduates (see tiers below).

  • Have completed at least 12 credit hours of undergraduate coursework thus far.

  • Demonstrate SALUTE's core values: Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, Excellence


  1. Alpha tier: Students with a GPA between 3.75-4.0

  2. Bravo tier: Students with a GPA between 3.5-3.74

  3. Charlie tier: Students with a GPA between 3.25-3.49

  4. Delta tier: Students with a GAP between 3.00-3.24

Benefits include:

  • One-time $35 payment for lifetime membership.

  • A certificate and military-style challenge coin commemorating your membership in SALUTE and specific level of academic achievement, as well as regalia for graduation (cord and pin).

  • Unique scholarship opportunities based on tier level.

  • Opportunities to network, as well as receive and give assistance for fellow members.

  • Opportunities to engage in local leadership positions and enhance resume for academic acknowledgement.

  • Special induction ceremony for SALUTE members to be held annually during veteran graduation. The first induction ceremony will take place during the spring 2024 VCU MSS graduation on May 1.

  • Participation in regional and alumni chapter events post-graduation as a lifetime member.

Apply today

Complete the SALUTE Honor Society Application, which will allow you to upload your proof of service and unofficial transcript. Membership payments must be paid in the VCU MSS Office, located on the third floor of Grace Harris Hall, 1015 Floyd Ave.