Military-Affiliated Community Advocates Program

The MACA Program offers service scholarships to military-affiliated students who support and advocate for the KU military-affiliated community in key offices across campus.

Advocates help their assigned office:
Better understand the military-affiliated student experience
Address common barriers or challenges faced by military-affiliated students
Create programs, events or activities to support the military-affiliated community

Information for Advocates

  • Advocates serve in their assigned offices 5-10 hours a week across the academic year. 

  • Advocates report to a supervisor in their host office but stay in contact with the MACA Program Coordinator. 

  • Advocates meet twice a year with other MACAs to share ideas and learn from each other.  

  • MACAs are also connected with a national network of Advocates on other campuses.   

  • Students who identify as veterans, Guard, Reserves, spouses or dependents 

  • Full-time or part-time graduate or undergraduate student

  • Have been at the KU-Lawrence campus for at least one year

  • Will be a KU student for Fall 2023 and Spring 2024

  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative or KU GPA

  • A $1,000 scholarship each semester 

  • An opportunity to serve the university and help create a more military-friendly and inclusive campus. 

  • Opportunities to network with students and professionals both locally and nationally.  

  • A chance to further develop leadership skills and have a lasting impact on policies, 

    programs and students. 

  • Each advocate also has access to an annual $500 project budget for a project, event, etc. 

  • The program runs September-May each year. 

  • Typically, Advocates apply in the spring and are assigned to offices in August. The priority deadline to apply is May 1, but we will accept applications on an ongoing basis.

  • Work with assigned offices to identify how they can better serve military-affiliated students through better outreach, programs or policies and develop an action plan in collaboration with their host office to align on goals and projects. 

  • Provide reports and updates to the Military-Affiliated Student Center. 

  • Provide support to fellow Military-Affiliated Community Advocates. When possible, coordinate and collaborate on projects. 

Students will be selected to serve in one of the following offices:

  • University Academic Support Centers
  • Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity
  • Military-Affiliated Student Center

This program is still new and we will be working to expand over time.

Complete the application below. The priority deadline to apply is May 1, 2024, however, we will accept applications on an ongoing basis.

You can also contact us with any questions prior to completing the application.

The KU Military-Affiliated Community Advocates program is part of the National Veterans Leadership Foundation Military Community Advocates program.