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Veterans Organization Creates Columbus State Wetzel Military Student Scholarship

September 15, 2022

With philanthropic support from the Military Order of the World Wars, Columbus State University today announced a new endowment to establish the Lt. Gen. Robert L. Wetzel Military Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to veteran undergraduate or graduate students honorably discharged or on full-time active duty, their spouses or dependents attending CSU.

Wetzel Scholars will be evaluated on criteria that include their military service, CSU-specific academic merit, and campus-related leadership. Recipients will be chosen by the Director of Military Enlistment, Susan Lovell, or the student’s designate.

“The Order (Military Order of the World Wars) was established at the end of World War I, by General John J. Persing. It was created to provide a means to help military officers continue to serve their country after leaving the military,” said Lt. Col. LTC Sam Nelson, Commander of the Military Order of World Wars. “This scholarship is an excellent example of such service and knowing Lt. Gen. Wetzel’s love for soldiers, it seemed fitting to add to his legacy by establishing this scholarship to help soldiers.”

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Robert L. “Sam” Wetzel was born October 6, 1930 and died at the age of 91 on January 20, 2022. He graduated from the United States Military Academy -United. in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and later served two combat tours – one as an infantry platoon leader in Korea and the other as commander of the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry in Vietnam .

Wetzel dedicated 34 years of his life to the United States Army. During his service, he held various positions such as assistant to Major General William Westmoreland, superintendent of the United States Military Academy; Chief of Staff to General Alexander Haig, Supreme Allied Commander Europe; Fort Commanding General. Benning; Deputy Commander-in-Chief of US Army Europe; and commander of the US Army Corps in Frankfurt. Wetzel was also the Colonel of the 31st Infantry Regiment and the former National Commander of the Military Order of the World Wars.

Frequently cited by multiple sources as a “military-friendly” campus and institution, Columbus State University offers tailored enrollment, learning, and student-life experiences for current and retired military personnel, veterans, and their families. dependents. Resources for current and future military-affiliated CSU students are available from the university’s Office of Adult Learners of Military Enrollment.

Counselors and counselors help military-affiliated students with resources ranging from school-life-career balance, transitioning from military life to civilian learning,
transfer credit for previous university studies, and making the best use of the educational and financial benefits derived from military service. Beyond academics and college affordability, Columbus State offers a wide variety of programs and services to help current and former military members acclimate to college life, including orientation programs specials at the start of each semester, as well as a vibrant veterans student association with its own community-building activities.

Donors wishing to contribute to this endowment or create new scholarship endowments can discuss options with members of the CSU Office of Academic Advancement. To learn more about endowments, visit,

Columbus State University today announced a new endowment to establish the Lt. Gen. Robert L. Wetzel Military Student Scholarship.