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Military and Veteran Programs and Services

Veteran Affiliated Graduate Assistantship

David L. Poff, Veteran Graduate Assistantship

Open 3 Year Veteran / Military GA Position at University of Dayton

Please complete the Information Request form for more info.

Beginning Fall 2022, we will launch a three-year Graduate Assistant position. Students who plan to complete a graduate degree in less than three years are also welcome to apply. This position is an excellent opportunity for those with or without existing education benefits. This is a philanthropist funded position.  Flexibility in writing our GA contract allows the GA candidate to accept a combination of Tuition Allotment and Graduate Stipend or to waive the Tuition Allotment in favor of a higher graduate stipend, if alternative tuition funding is being used.

Students of any academic program are welcome to apply; however, Communication, Public Administration and Higher Education are preferred graduate programs of study. A full listing of UD graduate programs can be located at by selecting "Graduate" from the drop-down menu. To be accepted for the GA position, the student must be accepted to both the academic program and the GA position.  At a minimum, candidates for the graduate assistantship should be veterans or active service members - or the spouse, surviving spouse, child, or parent of a veteran. First preference will be given to a veteran, active service member, or Gold Star child or spouse. This is primarily an on-site position. University of Dayton is located nearby to Wright Patterson Air Force Base and the sprawling Dayton Veterans Affairs hospital and benefits complex.

Applicants should email with "David L. Poff, Veteran, Graduate Assistantship" in the subject line for additional information or to apply. Please cc Interested individuals are encouraged to reach out to discuss the opportunity prior to their application to an academic program.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to make the University of Dayton a top choice for veteran and military affiliated students. Through enhanced access to programs and services, we are committed to linking this diverse community’s leadership and service experiences with learning and scholarship from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels.

Office Description

MVPS exists to serve the UD military and veteran community. This community is made up of those who currently or have previously served in the Armed Forces of the United States and their families. Responsibilities include veteran transition to higher education, support to students who balance their education with ongoing military duty, enrollment and retention, benefits advising, and community outreach. MVPS is the “First Stop Shop” for all UD military and veteran community members.

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Student Veterans

University of Dayton is a proud participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Undergraduate students receiving Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Yellow Ribbon have their cost of tuition completely covered in Fall and Spring!  While graduate programs vary, most qualified graduate students will experience the same. See the Yellow Ribbon section for full details.

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 Web site at

University of Dayton earned a 2021-22 Military Friendly® School Top 10 Gold designation.

Military Friendly® is a component of a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business.  This year they rated over 1200 schools and determined that UD placed within the Top Ten schools in our category!

University of Dayton earned a 2021 Veterans Nationwide BEST designation.

College Factual™ analyzed over 2,100 schools nationwide and found UD to be in the top 15% for veterans.  They also found UD to be in the top 10% for veterans majoring in Business, Management & Marketing.  Lastly, within their "Top Colleges in Ohio" category, UD was the only of their top 5 schools recognized as a Veterans Nationwide BEST college.

University of Dayton earned a 2021 Military Times “Best for Vets: Colleges” designation.

Military Times ranked 366 schools and found UD to be in the top 5% of colleges for vets nationwide.  In narrower categories we ranked as the #1 Private Not-For-Profit in the Midwest and the #2 Private Not-For-Profit nationwide.

University of Dayton earned a “Best of the Best 2021” designation.

U.S. Veterans Magazine, a publication of DiversityComm, Inc awarded UD a designation of a “Top Veteran-Friendly School”.  Each year, DiversityComm, a woman-owned and disability-owned business, conducts non-biased evaluations to identify “Best of the Best” in relation to outreach and accessibility to the minority, veteran, female, people with disabilities and LGBT population.

MVPS Contact Information

Military and Veteran Programs and Services

In order to efficiently assist you, please send all correspondence such as benefits forms and general inquiries to  Unless you are working with a team member on something specific, utilizing our main inbox will ensure that your requests are processed efficiently and that all team members can access our communications history.  Calling our main line enables any available team member to answer!


Phone: 937-229-5541

Location: Zehler Hall, Room 203

Hours: M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time


Sam Surowitz

Director, Military and Veteran Programs and Services
Phone: 937-229-5540

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Ron Johnson

Associate Director, Military and Veteran Programs and Services

Phone: 937-229-5542

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Military and Veteran Programs and Services (MVPS)

Zehler Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1481