Office of Military & Veteran Services

Bellarmine Office of Military and Veterans Services

Finish your degree at your own pace for less than you think.

 

 

Join a distinguished community of learners.

Why use your benefits at Bellarmine?

Bellarmine is committed to serving those that have and continue to serve us—the veterans, active duty, and reserve members of our military forces, and their dependents. You will benefit from our close-knit and supportive community, low student-to-teacher ratio, accessible student services, and programming tailored for you.

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  • Dedicated Office of Military & Veteran Services for support, services and programming.
  • Participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program with no cap*
  • Discounted $250/hour tuition rate for active duty, reserve and guard service members**
  • Average student to teacher ratio of 11:1.
  • Ranked #11 among best colleges for veterans in Southern Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report 

In accordance to Executive Order 16307, Bellarmine University bans against providing commission, bonus or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on securing service member enrollments, and Bellarmine University bans against high pressure recruitment tactics on securing service members.

*includes all programs except Doctorate of Physical Therapy; **Includes all programs except Doctor of Physical Therapy, Accelerated Nursing & Executive MBA

 

"Joining the Army was the best decision of my life,” Welch said. “The second-best was coming to Bellarmine. Never as a veteran have I felt more welcomed, supported and at home than I have at Bellarmine.” 

 

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Mission

The mission of the Bellarmine University Office of Military & Veteran Services is to support all military-affiliated students, alumni, faculty, and staff on Bellarmine's Campus. We bring visibility and solutions to the unique needs of military-affiliated individuals on campus through advising, programming, policy development, advocacy, and specialized services.

Valor Learning Community

Exclusively for Military & Veteran Students

The Valor Learning Community (VLC) is for first-year and transfer Active Duty, National Guard, Select Reserves, and veteran students. To meet the needs of our military-affiliated students, we have created unique courses and programs designed to encourage overall academic success and camaraderie building. The VLC will enhance the academic careers of our military-affiliated students by exemplifying the strengths they bring to our campus. Contact Lindsay Gargotto at lgargotto@bellarmine.edu or 502.272.8547 to learn more.

Afghanistan Resources

The OMVS would like to recognize this may be a difficult time for veterans on our campus and in our community who experienced deployments to Afghanistan, many of us of multiple times. It is important to us that each of you know that you are not alone. We each carry our own story, and we are all connected by one profound understanding: sacrifice.

Please see the resources below. Contact our office if you need any additional resources or have any concerns 502.272.7027.

  • RallyPoint - Talk to other Veterans online. Discuss:
    • What are your feelings as the Taliban reclaim Afghanistan after 20 years of US involvement?
    • Afghanistan: How Veterans can learn from Vietnam Veterans?
  • Veterans Crisis Line - If you are having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-273-8255, then PRESS 1 or visit http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/. For emergency mental health care, you can also go directly to your local VA medical center 24/7 regardless of your discharge status or enrollment in other VA health care.

ROTC Information

Bellarmine offers Army & Air Force ROTC programs through Metroversity. ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It prepares you with the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, ROTC can pay for your college tuition, and provide other monetary benefits.

Army ROTC

OMVS Campus Office Hours: 1-3 p.m.

Contact:
Scott Bryant
P: 502.852.3514
C: 502.851.7382
E: rotc@bellarmine.edu or walter.bryant@louisville.edu

Major Nate Linse
C: 704.975.5382 
E: nathan.linse@louisville.edu

SFC Schelee Burkett
P: 502-330-4019
E: schelee.k.burkett.mil@mail.mil

For more information visit: https://louisville.edu/armyrotc

Air Force ROTC

OMVS Campus Office Hours by Appointment Only

Contact
Captain Brent Lasher
P: 502.852.6576
E: b0lash01@louisville.edu

Captain Colin Backert
E: colin.backert@louisville.edu

For more information visit: http://louisville.edu/afrotc

Get Involved

Three Ways to Get Involved:

  1. Drop by to find out what’s going on at Bellarmine and how to get involved.
  2. Check out the BU Student Veterans Association on Facebook, or drop in to one of their weekly meetings. Contact the Office of Military & Veteran Services at 502.272.7027 for the location of the meeting.
  3. Visit our Engage site

Contact Information

Lindsay Gargotto headshotLindsay Gargotto, MSW, MFA
Director, Office of Military & Veteran Services.
lgargotto@bellarmine.edu


Elle Rich headshotElle Rich, MA
Military & Veteran Student Success Program Coordinator
erich@bellarmine.edu


Phone: 502.272.7027
Location: Second floor of the W.L. Lyons Brown Library (BL209)

Available Resources in OMVS:

  • Designated Military and Veteran student lounge with private study area, open during library hours
  • Boots to Books Program: borrow used books from our department donated by other military students
  • Programs and events throughout the year created specifically for Bellarmine’s Military and Veteran students
  • Book a meeting with a staff member from the Office of Military and Veteran Services or reserve the the private study room.