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Midland Offering New Veterans Scholarship Opportunities

Midland Offering New Veterans Scholarship Opportunities

Nov 10th , 2011

With Veterans’ Day approaching, Midland University has announced a new scholarship available to extend educational opportunities to for veterans and their families. The Freedom Scholarship is one of several funding opportunities available to veterans attending Midland.

The federal aid package for veterans, combined with the Freedom Scholarship and other commitments offered by Midland, provides a minimum of $19,500 a year in assistance to fully-eligible veterans to help make college affordable for them and their families.

“We want the men and women who have put service to our state and nation first to have access to a quality education,” said Dr. Ben Sasse, President of Midland University. “We want to prepare them to take their next step. Whether they continue in their military service or return to the private sector, we want to help those who have put their education on hold in order to serve our country to have excellent opportunities to return to school, complete their degrees and pursue their career goals.”

The grant package includes $17,500 a year in federal education benefits to eligible veterans attending private colleges or universities under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, as well as Midland’s $2,000 Freedom scholarship that is available to all eligible veterans and dependents, including: veterans and military personnel serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, the Reserves or the National Guard, and their dependents.

In addition, Midland is extending an additional incentive to student-veterans as a participant in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon program. Midland will cover the remaining tuition and fees for those qualifyingfor Yellow Ribbon benefits.

The Yellow Ribbon program partners with colleges to help cover costs that exceed the GI bill’s annual cap for qualified student-veterans. While colleges have the option to set limits for Yellow Ribbon benefits, Midland will extend the benefit to any qualified student-veteran. The result is that half of any remaining tuition and fees will be covered by the Yellow Ribbon program and half by Midland.

Jim Kuester, Midland Military Services Coordinator, said, “These commitments represent an investment in making college more affordable for veterans and their families who have sacrificed a lot. Midland is honoring that commitment by helping them access the education they need, and helping market their military skills and training in preparing to transition to the private sector.”

A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, Kuester, served with a U.S. Army Reserves and was stationed in Kuwait in 2003. Today, he is a financial aid counselor and coordinator of military services at Midland.

In addition to offering enhanced scholarship and funding opportunities for veterans and their families, Midland is providing a streamlined admissions and enrollment process for incoming student-veterans, including waiving the requirement that freshmen and sophomore students live on campus.
Midland is a member of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges organization, as well as the Military Friendly Schools Organization. More on Midland’s services for veterans and military families is available here.