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UWF Veterans Mentoring Program

The Veterans Mentoring Program was developed by and for Veterans to assist all Military Affiliated students on their academic journey.


A full-time Mentor Coordinator (MeCo) is an advocate for and assists Military Affiliated students attending UWF.  The MeCo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) available to offer guidance to students and introduce them to other valuable resources both on and off campus.

Additionally, the MeCo monitors Military Affiliated students’ GPA to determine their status as related to maintaining eligibility for UWF and VA education benefits. If and when a student is displaying academic distress and may be in jeopardy of losing benefits eligibility, the MeCo will reach out to the student to offer assistance.    

The Mentor Coordinator (MeCo), Melissa Helmly, LCSW, is located in Building 38, Room 147 and can be reached at (850) 474-2550 or  The MeCo offers assistance in these and other areas:

  • Mentor assignment
  • Tutoring Assistance
  • Internships
  • Connection to Disability services
  • Coping skills
  • Conflict resolution (between you and anyone on campus)
  • Withdrawals
  • Veterans Skills & Support Group

Note from your MeCo...

My name is Melissa Helmly and my hope is that I can help you in this exciting chapter of your life. Life is full of challenges, and I would like to help you manage whatever you may face, on or off campus, from your first day until graduation. As a Veteran spouse and UWF graduate, I understand the struggles that can come with trying to navigate through the world of academia. I understand life can be stressful and overwhelming, and I look forward to helping you achieve all the success you are working towards!