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Office of Veterans Programs

The Office of Veterans Programs at the University Park campus is organized as a comprehensive, direct service unit for veterans and Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) benefits recipients. The office is staffed by six full-time professionals and approximately twenty student veterans who work part-time under the provisions of DVA work-study. The staff and students provide services in the following areas: Outreach, Certification, Mentorship, and General Counseling. Follow the OVP Directory links to learn about our Office and the services provided.





 The Office of Veteran’s Programs at University Park is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the Marvin and Lillian Perelman Student Award for 2016.  The amount of the award is $500 and will be paid by check.  All interested students who are Veterans or dependents of a Veteran must submit a one page biographical statement which should include: 
-A statement of clearly defined need for this award
-A brief outline of the students' academic accomplishments
-The manner in which this award will impact your academic career
-Full name, mailing address and phone number
All entries must be submitted to the following inbox with the subject line, "MARVIN AND LILLIAN PERELMAN STUDENT AWARD" by COB, 16 May 2016:  . The winner will be notified by 27 May 2016.  There will be a convention for the Jewish War Veterans of the United States and  Ladies Auxiliary in June and the winner is highly encouraged to attend, however this is not mandatory.    
Mary Fisk, Coordinator of Veterans Outreach

Military Honor Cords:  All graduating seniors who are military veterans, currently serving on active duty, in the reserve, or National Guard, or who will be granted a commission obtained through Penn State Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) are eligible to receive a red, white and blue cord to wear with approved academic dress at commencement ceremonies. Those personnel who have already been granted priority registration status are automatically eligible for an honor cord and may visit or contact (814-863-0465) the Office of Veteran's Programs at 325 Boucke Building during normal business hours to receive it.  ROTC personnel may pick up their honor cord from their ROTC representative/office.  Those personnel who have not been granted priority registration can visit this website, 'Priority Registration/Honor Cords' tab, for instructions on required proof of service and where to submit the documentation

University Park Summer 2016 and Fall 2016/Spring 2017 Certification Requests Forms are now available in our office at 325 Boucke Bldg and on-line. 

Effective Summer 2015, all eligible veterans and dependentsreceiving Chapter 33, Chapter 35 or Fry Scholarship benefits will be eligible for in-state tuition regardless of residency. If you are a veteran and you are not using GI bill® benefits, please contact your campus Certifying Official to determine requirements to establish eligibility for the in-state rate.

Office Information:

325 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-0465
Office Fax: (814) 865-3815

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