SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society

Red Rocks Community College is proud to be a chapter of SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society

SALUTE is the only national honor society that recognizes and honors the service and scholastic achievements of student veterans.

Service – Academics – Leadership – Unity – Tribute - Excellence

SALUTETo SALUTE is to acknowledge, congratulate, pay respects, and recognize. These terms are synonymous with how SALUTE National Honor Society honors those who display courage, strength, leadership, excellence, and perseverance through their military endeavors and are now showing that same commitment to their academic success.

The students inducted into SALUTE represent every segment of the military. Members include retirees, disabled veterans, active duty military, National Guard and reservists seeking higher education.

Benefits of individual membership include:

  • One-time payment for a lifetime membership.
  • A certificate and military-style challenge coin commemorating membership in SALUTE.
  • Eligible to compete for national 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
  • Wear SALUTE Honor's regalia to demonstrate academic achievements as a veteran at graduation.
  • Participate in local and national SALUTE programs.


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.

Values: Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, Excellence

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


​An act of helpful activity or selflessness, help, and aid: The service member who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, who’s 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".


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...


​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.


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


​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".


​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.


"I promise to uphold the ideals and further the aims of SALUTE. By doing so, I'm 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

Standards for Student Membership:

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

  1.  Qualify as military/veteran student. 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 completed a minimum of 12 course credits, for undergraduates.
  3.  The undergraduate GPA tiers 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. Grade Point Averages may not be rounded.
  2. Maintain the highest ethical standards. 

Graduate Students (Physician Assistant) are welcomed to apply for membership as well as undergraduates. Inducted graduate students will be classified as SALUTE Gold Members. To qualify as a Gold Member, the student must have completed 9 semester/quarter hours of graduate work or the equivalent, and must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. There are no tier levels for grad students.

Upward Mobility

Individual members are encouraged to move up to the next higher tier level as their GPA increases. This serves to motivate students to improve professionally as well as academically. Higher tier levels receive opportunities for greater scholarship money and receive updated materials for individual certificates, along with a personalized letter of recommendation from SALUTE National.  

To move up a tier, complete a Tier Appeal Petition Form and pay a $10 upgrade fee. You will be required to submit an updated unofficial transcript and completed Tier Appeal Petition Form to;or send a hard copy to the below address. As always, we do not need official transcripts. You can usually download unofficial transcripts from your institution's website.

Induction Ceremony

Recognition ceremonies for SALUTE National Honor Society inductees and graduating student veterans are held in the Spring each year.

Invitations to identified student veterans who meet the minimum requirements of 12 completed credit hours at Red Rocks Community College, and a minimum of 3.0 GPA will be sent in mid-February. If you are an eligible veteran, but have not received your invitation (not using VA education benefits).


SALUTE Scholarship Announcement

SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society is pleased to announce that this year's national scholarships applications window is opening.
The application window will be opening May 31, 2019 and ALL applications must be submitted by September 30, 2019.  Winners will be announced at the NAVPA conference in October 2019 and paid to recipients in the spring semester.

Required Materials

  • 2019-2020 SALUTE Scholarship application form
  • Unofficial Transcripts - submit most recent transcript
  • One Letter of Recommendation (Military: Commanding Officer/Department Head; all others: Instructor/Professor/Staff from a person unrelated to you, could attest to your motivation, character, and integrity
  • Official proof of Fall 2019 Enrollment Verification, (from Registrar Office)
  • Essay: "Explain your transition from the military to higher education and how you aim to uphold the core values of SALUTE: Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, Excellence" (The essay must be typed, double-spaced, size 12-pt font, and not to exceed two pages)
  • Email completed application package or questions to:

Kurtis Cunningham
SALUTE Scholarship Committee Chair
Re: 2019-2020 SALUTE Scholarship

Awards will be distributed for each GPA Tier in the following amounts:

  • GOLD:  $1500 (2 Awards)
  • ALPHA:  $1000 (2 Awards)
  • BRAVO:  $800 (2 Awards)
  • CHARLIE:  $600 (2 Awards)
  • DELTA:  $400 (2 Awards)

Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered; if there is not a viable candidate, no award will be given.  Winners will be asked for a picture and biography, along with a thank you letter.

For more information and/or for this year's application, contact Kurtis Cunningham, SALUTE Scholarship Committee Chair, at