UMUC, USO partner in Hawaii to support veterans, active duty military

August 14, 2019 - 10:51 am

Service members and veterans in Hawaii will now be able to take advantage of a new partnership between University of Maryland University College and USO Hawaii.

The partnership – which will bring together UMUC’s educational services and USO’s family support – continues a rich history of both organizations serving the military community in the Pacific. UMUC has had a presence in Hawaii since 2005.

“Providing educational services is just one part of UMUC's mission in serving our troops and their families.  We recognize that a service-member's academic success is highly dependent on the entire family,” said Kelly Wilmeth, Vice President of Stateside Military Operations for UMUC. “The free services provided by the USO that help families stay connected can often times be the difference between a service member or veteran pursuing his/her education or having to drop out of school.”

The USO is a congressionally chartered, private organization that relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations, and corporations to underwrite its activities supporting troops and their families at home and overseas. UMUC has sponsored USO Pacific since 2018, which includes locations in Japan, Okinawa, Guam and Korea, all of which boast UMUC educational opportunities for service members, veterans and their families.

The partnership will help raise awareness among the veteran community of the services that are available to them via the USO, as well as the educational opportunities available in Hawaii via UMUC.  Many veterans living in Hawaii began their college education with UMUC while on active-duty. Keeping these veterans on the path towards a college degree when they transition out of the military is of paramount importance so that they don't have to start over elsewhere.  

“USO’s mission is to connect service members to family, home, and country, said USO Hawaii representative, Cheryl Gerofske-Rogers. “Sponsors such as University of Maryland University College provide USO Hawaii the support required to offer these free programs for our service members and families. We are grateful for our partnership with University of Maryland University College”

Today, USO Hawaii connects over 50,000 Hawaii-based service members with family, home, and country, and operates out of six physical locations in Oahu and Hawaii. Everyday USO Honolulu provides hot meals and a myriad of support services.  More information on USO Hawaii can be found here.

University of Maryland University College was founded more than 70 years ago to serve the higher education needs of working adults and service members.  UMUC is consistently recognized as one of the top public military and veteran universities, providing more than 90 programs and specializations, hybrid and online courses, no-cost digital materials for nearly every course, and dedicated student services at more than 140 locations around the world.