Texas Tech University

Military & Veterans Programs Recognized for Efforts to Support Student Veterans

Amanda Castro-Crist

December 6, 2019


A gift of $16,000 from global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin will support programming, events and recognition of military members, veterans and their families at Texas Tech University.

Texas Tech University continues to be recognized for campus-wide efforts to assist military members, veterans and their families in reaching their academic, personal and professional goals. Many of those efforts are led by Military & Veterans Programs (MVP), housed within the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DDEI).

Now, thanks to a $16,000 gift from global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin, MVP will be able to fund even more programming and initiatives to support the Texas Tech veteran community.

"We are so very grateful for the continued contribution that Lockheed Martin provides to us," Crosby said. "Their generous gift helps us enhance our transition support programs and deserved recognition for our veteran, service member and family member students. We want our military and veterans to know they matter, are supported, belong at Texas Tech and know they will succeed in receiving their degree."

This is the third year in a row Lockheed Martin has provided funding to MVP. Debra Crosby, director of MVP, said the funds are used for programming and events throughout the year that bolster veteran success and celebrate veterans and their families. Key programs include the TechVet Boot Camp during new and transfer student orientation, welcome events for veterans and their families during the fall and spring semesters, and the MVP Stole & Recognition ceremonies held prior to each commencement.

The next ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 12 in the Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium at the Museum of Texas Tech to recognize undergraduate, graduate and law school students who are military members, veterans and family members and will graduate this month.

"We are appreciative of the support and recognition from Lockheed Martin in supporting our military, veteran and family member students at Texas Tech University," said Jade Silva Tovar, senior director, DDEI. "Our goal is to work across the institution with our colleagues to advance student success and having invested partners such as Lockheed Martin help in being able to ensure our students excel at Texas Tech University and beyond."

The university also recently was included in several national rankings recognizing top schools for veterans.

Best Colleges, Top 25 of America's Best Military Friendly Online Colleges

  • Using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and College Navigator, both of which are hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics, this ranking focuses on academic quality, affordability and online competency.

SR Education Group, Top 50 of 2019 Best Military Friendly Online Colleges

  • This ranking focuses on military culture, support, financial aid and flexibility. It uses program data (including available degrees, tuition rates and details about program coursework) collected from schools' official websites; data from the National Center for Education Statistics; and data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Comparison Tool.

College Factual, Top 100 of Best Colleges for Veterans

  • This ranking, based on four-year undergraduate programs across the country, considers 24 factors to identify excellence in veteran affordability, population, policies, resources and satisfaction, and overall college quality.

Military Times, Top 100 of Best for Vets: Colleges 2020

  • This ranking is based on evaluations of colleges' survey responses about their operations involving current and former service members and their families.

For more information about MVP programs, initiatives and services, visit the MVP website.