National University and San Diego Padres Honor Military Scholarship Recipients at Petco Park

National University’s Military Appreciation Day recognizes accomplishments of military student’s who represent about a quarter of the University’s population; Students to be honored at July 17 game vs. San Francisco Giants

San Diego, Calif. – In recognition of the contributions and sacrifices made by our military community, National University and the San Diego Padres will honor ten recipients of the National University Military Scholarship at the July 17 San Diego Padres game at Petco Park against the San Francisco Giants. The recognitions are part of the University’s Military Appreciation Day, which includes a hosted reception for members of the military community, and other activities that highlight the value of supporting ongoing education opportunities for Veterans and military personnel.

The event and scholarships come from a partnership between the San Diego Padres and National University, in which National University – one of the largest private, nonprofit universities in California – is the exclusive higher education partner of the San Diego Padres. The jointly funded National University Military Scholarship Program recognizes currently enrolled National University students who live in San Diego, are active-duty military or Veterans, and who have demonstrated sustained educational success.

An estimated one million members of the U.S. armed forces will be transitioning to civilian life in upcoming years. San Diego County is the third-largest county in the United States in terms of Veteran residents, according to a report by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the County of San Diego.

About 25 percent of National University’s students are prior service or active military, and the University’s hybrid educational format is designed to provide them with the flexibility to take classes on military bases,at campus locations, or online.  Some of the programs represented by this year’s scholarship recipients include the Master’s program in Cyber Security and Information Assurance. National University is the first university in San Diego to be recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

Other scholarship recipients are a part of the University’s recently launched Accelerated Track for Vets to BSN (V2BSN) Project,which allows Veterans with medical training to earn their nursing degrees at an accelerated pace. Furthermore, National University offers extensive academic support services to its military population through its Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success.

“National University applauds the contributions of our military community and is proud to be partners with the San Diego Padres to honor these exceptional student scholarship winners,” said Dr. David W. Andrews, President of National University. “We are dedicated to ensuring the military community has access to quality education programs and the National University Military Scholarship Program extends our commitment to advancing lifelong learning opportunities to support their continued successes.”

The July 17 event will include a special reception hosted by National University for more than 300 members of the military community, as well as for students and alumni who have military backgrounds.

“We are pleased to once again join National University in celebrating and thanking our military scholarship recipients and their families,” said Padres President and CEO, Mike Dee. “National University’s commitment to supporting ongoing education opportunities is a wonderful complement to our longstanding military appreciation efforts.”

Click here to learn more about this year’s scholarship winners.

About National University Founded in 1971, National University is one of the largest private, nonprofit universities in California. With more than 230,000 alumni, National University is the flagship institution of the National University System. National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse population of students. Four schools and two colleges – the College of Letters and Sciences; the Sanford College of Education; the School of Business and Management; the School of Engineering and Computing; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies – offer more than 75 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 23 teacher credentials. Programs are offered at locations throughout California and across the nation, and are also available online. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California.

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