It is well documented that most veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom who want to pursue a higher education will have a difficult if not nearly impossible challenge paying for all the costs associated with going to college. The current GI Bill falls far short of providing the necessary funds for the over 375,000 service members leaving the military each year. The New GI Bill will provide the necessary funds, but is still threatened by a Presidential Veto. And don’t forget about the current student loan crisis which threatens to be as disastrous as the mortgage crisis. If you are a veteran facing these issues you might consider applying for one of the may scholarships offered through some of the organizations that recognize what you have sacrificed and know that you deserve the opportunity to pursue a higher education. One such group is The Fund for Veterans’ Education (FVE).
FVE is currently reviewing applications for over $3.5 million in scholarship money for veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 9/11 and are currently enrolled in college or a vocational-technical school for Fall 2008. Applications must be postmarked by June 15, 2008.
You will need to meet the following eligibility requirements if you wish to receive a scholarship:
· You must be a veteran of one of the branches of the Armed Forces, Coast Guard, National Guard or Reserves.
· You must have been deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan for at least 60 days after 9/11 and be able to provide documentation or you must have received a service-related injury or condition while serving that did not allow you to meet the 60 day requirement.
· You must already be enrolled either full-time or part-time at an accredited institution for Fall 2008.
· You must have already applied for and accepted any federal, state or institutional need-based grants and all military educational benefits.
Other considerations for awarding the scholarships will be based on the applicant’s financial needs and length of service. For a full description of the requirements please review The Fund for Veterans’ Education Eligibility Requirements page.
FVE receives all of it revenue and funds available for financial aid through the generous gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations. They are a 501(c)3 organization so all donations are tax deductible. If you would like to get involved and help our veterans receive a higher education please donate here. If you are a veteran and are currently enrolled in school for Fall 2008 term do not miss the opportunity to apply for the scholarship.
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