Veteran Services Recognition


Military Honor Cords and Sashes:


Red White and Blue Cord:

In recognition of your military service and support to the United States of America, MJC Veteran Services would like to honor your graduation by authorizing you to wear the red, white, and blue honor cord to your commencement ceremony. These red, white and blue cords are a special recognition for those who have made an unwavering commitment to both their nation and their academic studies. This is a voluntary program. Students attending graduation must contact the Veterans Services Department for a free cord once they have been approved for graduation. In order to receive this cord you will need to be in good academic standing. This cord is provided to you at no cost by the Modesto Junior College Veteran Services Department. Please contact the Veterans Coordinator with any questions.

U. S. Branch Service Sash:

If you are graduating and are an honorably discharged U.S. veteran, are currently serving in the U.S. military (active duty or reserves),  you are eligible for your U. S. Branch of Service Sash.  The sash is not authorized for military dependents.

What we need to verify status:

  • Must contact our office to enter your information into our database.
  • Verification of graduation
  • DD214,  Certificate of Eligibility for dependents, CalVet Fee Waiver Award Letter

Where/when to pick up cords:

Location and times to pick up cords or sashes will be posted on our Veterans Services school web page, via email and on Canvas prior to graduation.

Questions? Please contact:

Michael Jackson: Veteran Services Coordinator/Veterans Counselor at

Fernando Velez Veterans: Technician/School Certifying Official at 

or our office at (209) 575-6670.

Ron Tingley Veteran of the Year

The Ron Tingley Veteran of the Year Award is an award given by the Office of Campus Life & Student Learning.  The award is given to an MJC Veteran student who has accomplished the following:

  • Has demonstrated academic excellence by maintaining an above average grade point average
  • Participated in any activities related to the Veterans Resource Center and Veterans Club
  • Has been an active part of campus activities
  • Is on track to receive a Certificate, Associates Degree, or Transfer

This award is named in honor of Ron Tingley, a former MJC Veterans Service Counselor who passed away.


Past Campus Life Ron Tingley Veteran of the Year Recipients

2018-2019      Waylon H. Patterson

2017-2018      William "Cody" McNutt

2016-2017      Alexis Saavedra

Veterans Services Challenge Coin

In the Spring of 2018 Veterans Services began honoring veterans and supporter of veterans with the academic and campus achievement challenge coin. 



Challenge Coin Recipients

Stephen Davis-February 2018

William "Cody"McNutt-April 2018

Jorge Alvarado-September 2018

Mariana A. Pearce - February 2019 

Krystal Cain - March 2020 


Benito Aguilar Scholarship

This scholarship exists in honor of Benito Aguilar, MJC student and United States Marine that truly lived and practiced selfless service to all he met. His personal example of care and compassion at the Veterans Resource Center embodies the proud service tradition of the United States Marine Corps, and the pursuit of academic excellence at MJC.  
Previous Benito Aguilar Scholarship Recipients
2018-2019     Alejandro Aguiniga
2017-2018     William "Cody" McNutt
2016-2017     Jacob Ramirez     

 Carol McKenzie Scholarship










This scholarship celebrates Carol McKenzie and her 35 years of faithful service as the Modesto Junior College Veterans Services Certifying Official. Her skill in swiftly/accurately processing student veteran applications was rivaled only by her intense devotion to students and commitment to serving veterans.

Previous Carol McKenzie Scholarship Recipients

2017-2018     Dai Le
2016-2017    Jesse Estrada  
Scholarships for Veterans and their families
1. The Purple Heart Scholarship Program: 
2. AMVETS Scholarship: 
3. American Legion Scholarship: 
4. Pat Tillman Scholarship:
5. VFW Scholarships:       AND