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Waynesburg renews PNGAS Guard Friendly School commitment

Apr 6, 2022

Waynesburg University continues to be recognized as a Pennsylvania National Guard Association (PNGAS) Guard Friendly School for its commitment to serving the needs of the veteran and active-duty military student population.

PNGAS, an advocacy group dedicated to the needs of Pennsylvania’s National Guard members and veterans, first designated Waynesburg a PNGAS Guard Friendly School in 2021. The University recently renewed its commitment.

“Signing the renewal for us reaffirms our commitment to all of the branches of service and the PA National Guard,” said Dr. Shari Payne, vice president for enrollment. “It shows our support for those who serve in various capacities for our country.”

The PNGAS Guard Friendly School standards were developed by the PNGAS Education Advisory Council to recognize colleges, universities and trade schools that meet or exceed 10 baseline criteria relating to the creation of a supportive learning environment that assists members of the Pennsylvania Guard pursuing post-secondary degrees.

We’ve reaffirmed our commitment to military-related service members and their families. We want to be a welcoming and hospitable place for those students.”

Dr. Shari Payne

“We’ve reaffirmed our commitment to military-related service members and their families,” Dr. Payne added. “We want to be a welcoming and hospitable place for those students.”

The University offers a variety of benefits for veterans and their families, including the acceptance of joint service transcripts, the Military Family Education Program, priority registration for veteran and military students, the Yellow Ribbon Program and a 10% tuition discount on Graduate and Professional Studies courses for active-duty persons.

PNGAS is a non-profit organization, not associated with or legally connected to the Pennsylvania National Guard, the state or federal government, the US Military or the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

For more information on veteran resources, contact Bob Barnhart, director of undergraduate and graduate admissions, at

Consistently ranked a best value school, Waynesburg University’s Strategy for the 21st Century affirms its commitment to developing an entrepreneurial mindset and ethical leadership skills for all students. Rooted in its mission of faith, learning and service, the private, Christian university is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with an additional site for graduate and professional programs in Southpointe.

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