Students placing American flags at 9/11 Memorial Service at the Lest We Forget 9/11 Memorial

What we're doing

We work to achieve this important pillar and promote core American values in a number of ways. From our Patriotic Education and Military Science course to trips abroad visiting historic sites of battle in our nation's history, the College provides its students with rich opportunities to learn about and experience the land of the free and the home of the brave.

The College proudly embraces the patriotic traditions of the United States of America and provides many programs and activities throughout the year that emphasize patriotism. These include:

  • Honor America, the College’s annual Independence Day celebration
  • September 11 Annual Commemoration
  • Reading of the Constitution on Constitution Day
  • Veteran's Day service

Additionally, the College provides numerous opportunities for students to learn, become involved, and show respect to our nation. These opportunities include:

  • The Bobcat GOLD Program
  • Patriotic Education/Military science courses
  • Student organizations, such as College Republicans, and Young Americans for Freedom (YAF)
  • Decorum: All members of the College community are expected to stand, be respectful, and attentive when colors are presented and anytime the Pledge of Allegiance is recited, and/or when the Star Spangled Banner is played/sung.

Continue to browse our website for more information on our unique college's dedication to patriotic education and core American values.  Also, watch our videos which highlight patriotic education.

Vietnam rice field

Patriotic Education Trips

In 2009, College of the Ozarks began the Patriotic Education Travel Program, designed to provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences for students and Veterans from World War II, the Cold War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The program pairs College of the Ozarks students with Veterans, taking them back to the battlefields where they served. This Program honors Veterans and helps to educate the younger generation, instilling an appreciation for the sacrifices of American servicemen and women.

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Students participate in the annual favorite Honor America at College of the Ozarks

Activities, Leadership & Training

At College of the Ozarks, we host many activities and events to demonstrate our strong patriotic values. Some of these events include: Honor America, September 11 Remembrance, Veterans Week, Railway to Heaven and The Four Generals of Hard Work U.

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ROTC students holding flags during a ceremony

Military/Veterans Scholarships

Patriotic Scholarship

College of the Ozarks Patriotic Scholarships: Patriotic Scholarships covering full room and board are provided on a competitive basis to students who contract with the Army National Guard through the College’s Bobcat GOLD program. 

General Terrence R. Dake, USMC (Ret.) Aviation Scholarship

College of the Ozarks provides an opportunity for deserving C of O students to apply for a $5,000 scholarship to begin, or advance, their aviation flight training. This scholarship is established to honor the distinguished military aviation career of General Terrence R. Dake, a C of O alumnus and trustee.

Military and Veterans Scholarship Resources

The financial aid office has assembled a list of military and Veterans scholarship resources.

Veterans Benefits

The Assistant Registrar at the College serves as a liaison to assist students who are Veterans with Veterans benefits.

The Korean War Memorial at College of the Ozarks

Memorials on campus

College of the Ozarks is home to many memorials. We currently hold six different memorials throughout the campus to remind us the importance of our veterans. All memorials are welcome to tourists and visitors.

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