Entries and designs will be judged by a review committee after the Nov. 26 entry deadline. Student Government organizers hope to place the statue near the Marshall Student Center and surrounding areas.
The contest winner will see their design built in the coming semesters, funded entirely by donations from various on and off-campus organizations.
“The construction date depends on various factors, but my goal is to complete the memorial before the next fall semester begins,” said Taylor Lockwood, Student Government Chief of Staff.
USF is No.5 on the Military Times EDGE 2011 “Best for Vets: Colleges” list, based on numerous strict criteria such as graduation rates, relaxed residency for veterans and participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a veteran’s scholarship program. Organizers hope to see USF reach the top of the list in the near future.
“Our Veterans have all made personal sacrifices to ensure the protection of our basic freedoms, some even making the ultimate sacrifice in laying down their lives for this great nation,” Lockwood said. “I believe it is our duty, as citizens who enjoy our liberties, to honor those fallen heroes and make certain that their sacrifices are not forgotten.”