Schuyler Hopkins signed up for the Air Force in the summer of 2001, but before she had to report for duty, the Sept. 11 attacks took place.
“People asked me if I still planned to join the military,” says Hopkins, who graduated with her Bachelor of Social Work in 2021. “I had made a commitment, and I felt it was important to remain true to my word, especially at a time our country really needed our assistance.”
Hopkins came to UTA after a 10-year career in the Air Force, where she was trained as a medic and served on bases in Texas, Mississippi, and Germany. After leaving the military, she spent five years in the civilian workforce before becoming a Maverick.
About 3,000 service members and veterans are enrolled at UTA. Military Times ranks UT Arlington as the top university for veterans in the nation.
Ensuring veteran students and their families are cared for as individuals is an important part of UTA’s mission, says James Kumm, executive director of veteran programs at UTA.
“We want our students to develop a sense of belonging and be proud to call themselves Mavericks.”