Military Friendly® is the military rating division of VIQTORY, a service-disabled, veteran-owned business. The mission of Military Friendly® is to create maximum professional opportunities for our nation’s military service members, veterans and military spouses. Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2022-2023 survey, with 665 earning special awards for going above the standard.
“The Quincy University community continues to be recognized as an institution friendly to veterans and their families, which is a source of pride to the faculty, staff and students who call QU home,” said Tom Oliver, vice president of enrollment management.
“The university’s Success by Design education model is a great match for veterans who learn the value of planning to meet goals as part of their military service. Being a welcoming place for veterans is an important part of the QU community’s commitment to living out its Franciscan values of hospitality and the creation of a caring community where each person is valued for his or her unique gifts, talents and experiences, especially those who have given service to our country. It continues to be an honor to welcome these special people to our campus every year,” said Oliver.
Quincy University senior Rodney Maynor enlisted in the Army in 2011. During his seven years in the military, he served at Fort Campbell, Ky., Fort Wainwright, Ark. and spent time training in Canada and Georgia. While stationed at Fort Campbell, he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 for a year.
Maynor credits his time in the military as preparation for college. It instilled the discipline to show up and complete a task, which leads to success in the classroom. He is thankful to the staff at QU for helping him transition from the military to the university.
“QU has been beneficial to my transition into university life by providing a wide range of resources. The school certifying official made sure I used my VA benefit to the maximum. The faculty helped me make a plan, determining which classes I needed to complete my degree and be successful in my classes. The QUEST center helped me secure an internship to get experience in my new career.”
Maynor’s experiences in the military have prepared him for his future career as well. Learning how to work well with others, complete projects, be organized and adaptable to changing situations make Maynor a highly marketable employee.
Maynor is an accounting major with an internship at Knapheide Manufacturing Co. in Quincy.
The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources from more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. The survey is administered for free and is open to all postsecondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.
“Military Friendly® is committed to transparency and providing consistent data-driven standards in our designation process. Our standards provide a benchmark that promotes positive outcomes and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunities for the Military Community. This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to evolve and invest in their programs consistently. Schools who achieve awards designation show true commitment in their efforts, going over and above that standard,” said Kayla Lopez, national director of military partnerships, Military Friendly®.
Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs® and Military Friendly® brands. VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Dept of Defense or any federal government entity. Learn more about VIQTORY at www.viqtory.com.
Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University is a small Catholic university emphasizing the sciences, liberal arts and the professions. Quincy University offers undergraduate, graduate and adult education programs integrating practical experience and Franciscan values. Faculty and advisors work with students to design customized success plans to help them graduate on time, find their passion and prepare them for life. QU is a member of NCAA Division II for intercollegiate athletics. For more information, please visit www.quincy.edu or contact the Office of Community Relations at (217) 228-5275 or email@example.com. Quincy University. Success by Design.