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08/26/2013

Winthrop Listed by College Database Among Top S.C. Schools for Future Service Members

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 The not-for-profit organization ranked four-year, degree granting institutions across the nation that had at least two ROTC programs and in-state tuition less than $20,000 per year.
 Winthrop provides its students the opportunity to become commissioned officers in the United States Army or Air Force through a program with the Military Science and Aerospace Studies departments at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.

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Frank Ardaiolo
ROCK HILL, S.C. - The College Database placed Winthrop University in the top five schools in the Palmetto State for future military service members.

The not-for-profit organization ranked four-year, degree granting institutions across the nation that had at least two ROTC programs and in-state tuition less than $20,000 per year.

“We're especially pleased our active ROTC cadre also is supported by a Student Veterans Center, student organization and specialized academic and personal advisement,” said Frank Ardaiolo, vice president for student life. “At Winthrop, you will find a military-friendly atmosphere coupled with a total educational experience that enables our students to reach their fullest leadership potential."

Winthrop provides its students the opportunity to become commissioned officers in the United States Army or Air Force through a program with the Military Science and Aerospace Studies departments at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. ROTC also offers numerous scholarships and incentives to qualified applicants.

"Everyone talks about service members using their GI Bill to go back to school, but rarely do people discuss current students using college to join the service," said Wes Ricketts, vice president and general manager of the College Database. "Colleges with ROTC programs give students a great opportunity, not only to explore military service, but to gain valuable leadership skills coveted by employers."

Winthrop also has in place scholarship opportunities and assistance for those transitioning out of the military. The university recently achieved Yellow Ribbon status with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help veterans pay for undergraduate and graduate degrees. Winthrop has pledged to offer 20 undergraduate and five graduate scholarships worth $6,000 annually to veteran students.

It also offers a Resource Center for Adult Students which serves post-traditional, veteran and transfer students.

For more information, contact Judy Longshaw, news and media services manager, at 803/323-2404 or e-mail longshawj@winthrop.edu.

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