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  • Harrison Gichini ’15 is studying biology at Washington College after serving as a Marine Corps medic in Afghanistan. Read WC veterans’ stories. Harrison Gichini ’15 is studying biology at Washington College after serving as a Marine Corps medic in Afghanistan. Read WC veterans’ stories.
  • Lt. Col. Benjamin Vandervoort ’38, shown here on crutches, was one of the College’s most decorated veterans and a national WWII hero. Read WC veterans’ stories. Lt. Col. Benjamin Vandervoort ’38, shown here on crutches, was one of the College’s most decorated veterans and a national WWII hero. Read WC veterans’ stories.
  • U.S. Naval pilot Allen Stafford ’63 did three tours in Vietnam. He is pictured here in July 1967, a month before he was shot down and held as a POW. Read WC veterans’ stories. U.S. Naval pilot Allen Stafford ’63 did three tours in Vietnam. He is pictured here in July 1967, a month before he was shot down and held as a POW. Read WC veterans’ stories.
  • Benjamin Hays Vandevoort ’38, renowned for his heroics during the Normandy Invasion in WWII, was an officer in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. Read WC veterans’ stories. Benjamin Hays Vandevoort ’38, renowned for his heroics during the Normandy Invasion in WWII, was an officer in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. Read WC veterans’ stories.
  • Jim Schelberg ’12 (far left) was a machine-gunner in Iraq and, shown here in Afghanistan, a light-armored vehicle commander. Read WC veterans’ stories. Jim Schelberg ’12 (far left) was a machine-gunner in Iraq and, shown here in Afghanistan, a light-armored vehicle commander. Read WC veterans’ stories.
  • Oliver Barnyak ’09 (far right) celebrated his 24th birthday in southern Iraq, in part by wearing a non-regulation WC sailing team baseball cap. Read WC veterans’ stories. Oliver Barnyak ’09 (far right) celebrated his 24th birthday in southern Iraq, in part by wearing a non-regulation WC sailing team baseball cap. Read WC veterans’ stories.
  • Jim Schelberg ’12, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Marines, graduated from Washington College with a degree in philosophy. Read WC veterans’ stories. Jim Schelberg ’12, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Marines, graduated from Washington College with a degree in philosophy. Read WC veterans’ stories.
  • Jesse Haney ’15, second from right, was deployed with the 2nd platoon, 760th EOD Company, in Al Iskandariyah, Iraq. Read WC veterans’ stories. Jesse Haney ’15, second from right, was deployed with the 2nd platoon, 760th EOD Company, in Al Iskandariyah, Iraq. Read WC veterans’ stories.

Welcome to Washington College

Sometimes amid the din of history, it’s hard to remember that George Washington—general of the nation’s first army and this College’s founding patron—was once a young military man, uncertain but determined in battle, who emerged from the experience a different person in need of finding the way forward.

“Every post is honorable,” he wrote in 1775, “in which a man can serve his country.” It is that conviction we at Washington College hold foremost when we express our gratitude and admiration for your service to our country. It’s also what drives us to support your future hopes and dreams, based upon the foundation of an outstanding liberal arts education you can pursue here—an education which, I might note, General Washington believed to be critical in creating the citizen leaders who would guide the great experiment in democracy.

To help you achieve your goals, Washington College has strengthened its participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, increasing from 50 to 100 the number of openings for eligible student veterans or their dependents and offering tuition grants to help meet 100 percent of annual tuition and student fees. When you’re ready to navigate the admissions and financial aid waters, we will provide a designated point of contact—a human being who’s only a phone call or email away—who will strive to make the process as clear, seamless, and stress-free as possible. We will help you connect with others—College alumni and current student veterans—whose experience traveling this path can inform your own.

It’s easy to say that we honor your devotion to our country. More meaningful is the action, our institutional commitment toward your future.

Welcome to Washington College.

—Mitchell B. Reiss, President