College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Institute of Applied Agriculture

Veteran Student Life

Vets grow careers at the IAA

The Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) is committed to helping veterans pursue their academic and career goals, explore unique agricultural learning experiences, and get involved in campus life.

In addition to one-on-one advising, small class sizes, and the family atmosphere of the IAA, the University of Maryland has numerous resources for student veterans, including:

Office of Veteran Student Life

The mission of Veteran Student Life (VSL) is to maintain a community of UMD students, staff, faculty, and alumni who have served in the U.S. military.

VSL supports a seamless transition from military life to civilian college life, and provides support for continued growth in mind, body, and spirit, carrying the pride and confidence established in the military into the college experience and future careers. 

Veteran Student Life provides services which focus on health, human services, and transition assistance, and oversees the Terp Vets program.

With questions, please contact Veteran Coordinator Brian Bertges, at 301.314.0073 or bbertges@umd.edu.

 

Terp Vets

Terp Vets is a student-led organization established to recognize and support the community of veterans on- and off-campus, through volunteer and social events that enable networking while enhancing personal and career growth.

 

Veterans Lounge

The Veterans Lounge is available exclusively for UMD student veterans. It is located in the Cole Field House building next to the Stamp Student Union. This center offers:

  • Computers and Printers
  • Free Coffee
  • Kitchenette
  • Study Lounge
  • Televisions/Gaming 
  • Tutoring/Study Assistance
  • Graduate Peer Support
In order to receive access to the Veteran’s Center, please email your student UID# and proof of service (DD214) to vetstudentlife@umd.edu. Note: this process can take up to a week until card swipe access is granted.


UMD Veteran Scholarships

The following criteria are considered for awarding a UMD Veteran Scholarship:
  • Educational and career ambitions
  • Record of personal achievement
  • Record of military service (or service as a spouse/family member); motivation for serving
  • Compelling, thoughtful, and thorough essay question responses
  • Unmet financial need

Applicants will be considered for all scholarships for which they are qualified. Applications and supporting materials are typically due by mid-May. To apply for this scholarship and view other events geared toward veterans, click here.

For additional information, contact Dr. Terry Zacker at 301.314.7165 or tzacker@umd.edu.

To view scholarships specifically for IAA students, click here.

Get Application Help

Need help applying for admission? The IAA offers a streamlined application process that is separate from the University at large. There is no deadline and students are welcome to begin during the Fall or Spring semester. If you have questions during the application process, please contact Student Services Coordinator Randie Hovatter at 301.405.4686, or rhovatte@umd.edu

To explore areas of study at the IAA, click here.

Apply to the IAA today!

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