SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society

Sonoran Desert Institute


SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society

Welcome to the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society for the Sonoran Desert Institute! As an SDI student and a member of the United States Armed Forces, you deserve recognition for your academic achievements and contributions.


SALUTE stands for Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, and Excellence. In 2009, Colorado State University was awarded the ACE/Wal-Mart Success for Veterans Grant, and from that SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society was created. SALUTE is the first honor society created for student veterans and military at two- and four-year higher education institutions nationwide.

The founders of SALUTE at Colorado State University write, “Some of the terms synonymous with SALUTE are to acknowledge, congratulate, hail, pay homage, pay respects, pay tribute, present arms, and recognize. These are the types of things we at SALUTE hope to do for our members who have shown courage, strength, leadership, excellence, and perseverance in their military endeavors and now are showing that same commitment to their academic careers.”

Charter Members

SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society at Sonoran Desert Institute was established on March 10, 2016. Charter members are:

Traci Lee (School President)
Wes LeMay (Senior Vice President)
Walter Howard (Director, Military and Veteran Services; SALUTE Chapter Advisor)

Membership Criteria

Membership in SALUTE is by invitation only and is open to all Sonoran Desert Institute students enrolled in the Associate’s Program. Eligible students will be notified and encouraged to complete the application process. A selection committee made up of the Chapter Advisor and a group of faculty and staff members will review requested military documentation and select new members.

Undergraduate Students

To attain membership into SALUTE as an undergraduate student, you must meet the following criteria as of January 1 and July 1:

  • Be currently enrolled as a in the Associate of Firearms Technology degree program.
  • Student must be in good financial standing.
  • Have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Be currently serving in the Armed Forces (Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves).
  • Veteran must be honorably discharged.

A unique element for undergraduate students is the GPA ranking tier. This system was designed to encourage student veterans to strive for academic success at their university. Undergraduate members of SALUTE advance to higher tiers of the GPA ranking system during their tenure at their university.

  • Alpha 3.75 – 4.00
  • Bravo 3.50 – 3.74
  • Charlie 3.25 – 3.49
  • Delta 3.00 – 3.24

Membership in SALUTE requires a one-time lifetime membership fee of $35 paid at the time of acceptance.

All members receive a membership certificate and military-style challenge coin.

Member Privileges

Through SALUTE Headquarters:

Benefits of membership include eligibility of individual members to apply and compete for national SALUTE scholarships. SALUTE is being set up so that operating costs are low and the majority of membership fees will be going into scholarships for student veterans across the nation who are students at institutions with charter memberships. These nationally awarded scholarships will be designed to support student veterans who need supplementation of their GI Bill® funding or who do not have GI Bill funding. Another benefit is the ability to nominate representatives to the SALUTE National Advisory Committee.

For more information about SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society, please visit SALUTE’s website.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

Through Sonoran Desert Institute:

All members receive a membership certificate.


Contact the SALUTE Chapter Advisor at


To submit an application for consideration of acceptance, please complete the Application Form:
SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society at Sonoran Desert Institute Application.
A link to our Online Payment Portal will be emailed to you after your application has been reviewed and accepted.