FSU Veterans Programs


19.47 Program • In 1947, large numbers of World War II veterans pursued college degrees through the GI Bill of that era, and this demand prompted the Florida legislature to convert the Florida State College for Women to coeducational Florida State University. In other words, veterans were instrumental to the founding of our distinguished university!

 You can maintain Florida State’s proud heritage and commitment to veterans by joining the Florida State Veterans Alliance! With a donation of just $19.47 per month, you’ll be automatically enrolled in the FSU Veterans Alliance and receive regular updates including news, events and activities. Moreover, your sustained monthly gift of $19.47 will strengthen and grow the university’s nationally renowned veterans programs, and at an amount that also salutes the year that forever changed Florida State’s student body.

Join the Veterans Alliance and sign on to the 19.47 Program

Donate to support FSU student veterans through the programs below

Veterans Legacy Complex • The Veterans Legacy Complex will house the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, the university’s Student Veterans Center, and the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) facility. Currently, these three units are housed in separate locations on campus, which limits the sense of community among student veterans, their peers and Florida State supporters.The incredible levels of success our student veterans are achieving provide unique opportunities to permanently entrench Florida State as the national leader for student-veteran support and success, and more so with the construction of this one-of-a-kind facility!

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities EBV provides experiential training in entrepreneurship and small-business management to persons disabled during post-9/11 military operations. Since 2008, nearly 150 veterans and family members have graduated from the Florida State EBV certificate program.

Coin and Cord Fund • Graduating student veterans and ROTC cadets are invited to participate in an exclusive pre-commencement ceremony at the FSU president’s home where they are awarded with a red, white and blue honor cord and a commemorative “challenge” coin.

The Julian Woodall McMackin Creative Arts Workshop Named in honor of a service member who made the ultimate sacrifice, this annual creative-arts workshop allows student veterans to take part in an art therapy project that provides an outlet for discussion and reflection on their military/veteran experience. During the three-day project, student veterans convert snippets of their military uniforms from cloth to paper and then add art renderings onto these personal “canvases.” Previous participants have conveyed that this deliberate process has provided a welcome – and at times profound – reflection on their time of service.

Student Veteran Film Festival This distinctive event heightens awareness and understanding of issues facing military veterans and strengthens connections between FSU student veterans, the campus community and local community. The annual SVFF is held on or around Veterans Day and its feature films, to date, have all been acclaimed documentaries about the active-duty/veteran experience. Feature-film screenings are followed by live discussions with the film’s director.

FSU Emeritus Society Student Veteran Academic Excellence Scholarship • This university Emeritus Alumni Society endowed scholarship is awarded annually to the undergraduate student-veteran with the best academic performance relative to other students in their major.

The Brooks Student Veteran Emergency Scholarship • Retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant and FSU Assistant Dean Bob Brooks initiated this scholarship, which assists student veterans who require financial aid while enrolled at Florida State.


Student Veteran Emergency Fund • A reserve source of funding managed by the Student Veterans Center that assists FSU student veterans whose personal financial situation has become dire. Funds are allocated judiciously and confidentially, and past recipients have conveyed that without this support, their college careers would almost certainly have ended.

Student Veteran Orientation • Information and services specific to new student veterans, along with the opportunity to get to know other student veterans, are provided each semester.

Student Veteran Networking Night Student veterans network with employment recruiters the evening before the Florida State’s fall career fair. Sponsored by the university’s Career Center, the Networking Night is a component of an FSU veterans program called Colors of Success, which provides a roadmap toward a rewarding career.

Veterans Center General Fund • General fund to support resources and activities across the entire spectrum of the Florida State Veterans Campaign.

Suits for Vets • Enables veterans to purchase professional attire for internships, interviews and professional engagements.