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As a veteran, you've supported each of us as you made personal sacrifices to help keep our country safe and its citizens free. Now that it is time for your next chapter, we would love the opportunity to return the favor and support YOU in your educational journey at Roanoke College.  

Combat Veteran jacket

Military 24-25 Friendly school

As a 2022-23 Military Friendly® School, Roanoke is dedicated to helping veterans afford a college education, and we are approved to offer benefits and resources for college-bound veterans. 

Roanoke College is home to an active Student Veterans Group that fosters an environment of support and lasting friendships through regular meetings, group dinners, family barbecues and occasional trips. At the College's commencement ceremony, membership in the group is noted with a special stole, as well as a group patch. 

Rock painted with poppies and flags in the ground

Allyson HerrigesAllyson Herriges ’23, of Salem, Virginia, came to Roanoke College after serving in the U.S. Army for 10 years. She volunteered as president of the Student Veterans Association while earning her degree in psychology with a minor in biology and multi-faceted concentrations in disability studies, human development and neuroscience.  

She was tapped for induction into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society, and was named co-winner of Roanoke’s Outstanding Neuroscience Student award, alongside Jarod Le ’23. As an undergraduate, she tackled original research into neurodevelopment in Roanoke College’s fish lab — work that earned her a first-place award for Best Undergraduate Student Presentation at the Society for Developmental Biology's 82nd annual meeting in 2023. She plans to continue that research as a Ph.D. student in Virginia Tech’s Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health program.  

The questions surrounding what we know about neurodevelopment are deeply personal for Allyson and her family. “My son is autistic. His diagnosis is why I started studying this. I want to help parents understand their children and what their children’s diagnoses mean. There is still so much we don’t know about these conditions.”