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This article was originally published in the 2017 Olin Business Magazine.

Thanks to a generous $1.25 million commitment from The Boeing Company, Olin will continue to provide scholarship support and extracurricular benefits to eligible US military veterans.

“Every day at Boeing, we see the positive impact of the veterans on our teams,” said Shelley Lavender (EMBA ’03), Boeing senior vice president of Strike, Surveillance, and Mobility. “One in seven Boeing employees has served our nation, and brings leadership, commitment, and a unique perspective to the workplace.”

“Our gift to Olin will help ensure today’s veterans have the opportunity to achieve their educational goals and prepare themselves to continue to make an impact in their communities.”

—Shelley Lavender (EMBA ’03), Olin National Council member

Since 2008, Olin has been a full participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, covering the gap between government funding and Washington University tuition costs for eligible veterans. Boeing’s support of the Olin Veteran Scholarship Fund ensures that Olin can continue to proudly recruit deserving military veterans into its programs.

“The strong leadership qualities that our military veterans bring to the classroom are valued by all Olin students, staff, and faculty,” said Dean Mark Taylor. “The MBA program and qualification give veterans the skills to channel their experience into becoming great business leaders who will change our school, community, and country.”

In addition to veteran scholarships, Boeing will also support the activities of the student-led Olin Veterans Association (OVA), which exists to assist veteran students in their successful transition into the business world. The OVA welcomes veteran students—and their families—to Olin with a three-day “boot camp” that provides an overview of the MBA curriculum. Veteran students are then personally connected to the St. Louis business community through internships, mentor partnerships, employer site visits, and networking events.

On average, Olin enrolls 80 military veterans each year across its graduate degree programs. Olin offers its sincere appreciation to The Boeing Company and its support of military veterans.

With more than 50 veterans currently enrolled in the business school, Olin proudly welcomes the men and women who have served in the armed forces to the ranks of our top-notch student body.

The Olin Veterans Association (OVA) is an active student organization and featured in the new issue of Olin Business magazine.

Read how the OVA helps veterans and their families make the transition to civilian life and the new challenges of graduate school. The OVA is also connected incoming veteran/students with veteran/alumni who serve as mentors and guides to new industries and employment possibilities.

Thanks to the post-9/11 G.I. Bill, Yellow Ribbon program, and scholarship funding from Olin, qualified veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may be able to attend Washington University tuition-free. Pages from OlinBusinessMagazine_2013-1

Veterans not only serve in leadership positions at Olin, they are role models for all students and highly-valued by corporate recruiters. Read more about benefits for veterans at Olin on the website.


Photo credit: Flags, Enoch Lai, Flickr

Did you know that there are 56 current or former members of the U.S. Military presently enrolled in Olin’s graduate business programs?

Since 2002 Olin has actively recruited from the military ranks for our full-time MBA program.  Recently we have re-committed and extended our efforts across all of Olin’s graduate programs.

One of Olin’s current Executives-in-Residence and former president of AB InBev’s Anheuser Busch U.S. operations, Dave Peacock, has taken a keen interest in this initiative.  In addition to personally meeting and mentoring current students with military backgrounds, Dave is also helping Olin to build a strong and productive working relationship between these students and leading corporate executives here in St. Louis and beyond.

The Olin Military Initiative has been developed over the past year and includes plans for:

  • more effective outreach and recruiting of military vets to our programs
  • providing exceptional career preparation and management training
  • providing comprehensive personal support to the vets and their families

Much of the latter is provided by the graduate student group – the Olin Veterans Association (OVA)(http://olinwustl.campusgroups.com/ova/home/).

Watch for updates on this exciting initiative.  And be sure to thank our military vets for their service to our country.

Olin Veteran’s Association president Charlie Felker (MBA 2013) greets a large gathering of Olin graduate students and alums at a holiday networking reception for military veterans on December 20, 2012.