The University of North Carolina Partnership for National Security is a system-wide effort to support the service member, contribute to the mission, and grow North Carolina's economy.

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Western Carolina was founded in 1889 to bring higher education and career opportunities to the western region of North Carolina. A member of the University of North Carolina system, WCU now provides an education to more than 9,000 students from 38 states and 32 countries.


The school was founded in 1888 as Cullowhee Academy and in 1967, the institution was designated a regional university by the North Carolina General Assembly and given its current title, “Western Carolina University.” On July 1, 1972, WCU became a member of the University of North Carolina system and today offers 82 bachelor’s degrees and 20 master’s degrees.

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  • Military and veteran students are allowed to register for courses on the first day of registration. Being first in line allows them to get the courses they need when they need them. This is extremely important for military or veteran students using education benefits with time limits, such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • Beginning in spring 2013 WCU will offer a military break-out session as part of their regular orientation. WCU’s online orientation program, Catwalk, contains supplementary modules for military-affiliated students with information about the GI Bill benefits enrollment process and military student support services available on campus.

Military Student Support

  • The Director of Military Student Services, Division of Educational Outreach provides direct and comprehensive support to both on-site and online students. The Office of Military Student Services provides information on and assistance with application, admission, course registration, military tuition assistance, vocational rehabilitation, GI Bill benefits, and transfer credit for military training and experience. The Director of Military Student Services is the liaison between the military student and the university’s various academic departments and student support offices.
  • The ZO TKE Endowed Scholarship provides financial support for fellow Tau Kappa Epsilon members, their descendants, student veterans and other deserving students as determined by the ZOCC Scholarship Committee and affirmed by the University Scholarship Committee. The recipient must demonstrate community and civic involvement and maintain a 3.0 GPA.


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  • Admissions: Office of Admissions

  • Distance Education: Tony Miller

  • Financial Aid: Trina Orr

  • GI Bill: Brian Wood

  • Military Affairs Liaison: Briana Ford

  • Military Ombudsman: Thomas Johnson

  • SOC Counselor: Briana Ford

  • SOC Representative: Susan Fouts

  • Student Affairs: Shawna Young

  • Tuition Assistance: Brian Wood

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