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operation education at Adrian College The Vision Adrian College wishes to honor and assist United States military personnel who have sustained severe and permanent injury while serving our nation since September 11, 2001, by providing the opportunity to attain a college degree. Our vision is to create a high quality, caring, learning environment and a sense of community for returning veterans and/or their spouses. We desire to promote their success in the classroom, on campus, in the community and ultimately in society by completing a degree program of their choice. Veterans’ spouses may apply jointly or individually for the Operation Education Scholarship. Support of wounded veterans’ families is a value strongly held by Adrian College.

Purpose of the scholarship:

Eligibility Requirements

The Operation Education at Adrian College Scholarship is designed to financially assist severely injured U.S. military personnel and/or their spouses with continuing education that ultimately can lead to new life and career opportunities. The program will provide needed resources and support to empower returning veterans and/or their spouses to pursue a degree program at Adrian College

Honorably separated U.S. military veteran from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Reserves or National Guard.

Funding: Major funding for the scholarship program will be provided through the support of Adrian College alumni and friends and from individuals, corporations and foundations who share the college’s interest in assisting America’s wounded veterans.

Resources the program can provide: Since many federal financial resources are available to veterans and their families, it is our intent to supplement these resources by providing financial assistance for costs not otherwise covered. In addition to assistance with direct educational costs such as fees, tuition and textbooks, support may be provided for on-campus housing needs, transportation, adaptive equipment, child care, tutoring and accommodative services. When appropriate and given available funding, the program will assist with out-of-pocket medical expenses or other requirements to accommodate the special needs of the recipient. Internships and job placement also will be sought by partnering with America’s corporations.

Has a service connected injury caused or aggravated by military service after September 11, 2001; as a result of that injury, has a physical disability that severely impacts function of one or more major life activities. Meets the requirements for admission to Adrian College as a degree-seeking student. Enrolls as a full-time student at Adrian College. (Note: The scholarship committee may make an exception for part-time enrollment should the disability and other circumstances, in the committee’s judgment, preclude full-time enrollment.) The spouse of a veteran who meets requirements 1 and 2 may be eligible; the spouse also must meet requirements 3 and 4. In partnership, a veteran and spouse may both be eligible to receive funding and other services provided by the program as each pursues an Adrian degree. Priority will be given to Michigan residents (as defined by the Adrian College Catalog) and to those veterans whose injury and resulting disability are the result of action in a combat zone.

Crunching the Number for Veterans As of 2001, there were more than 25 million veterans living in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. More than 3.5 million veterans report having a service-related disability condition; some 20,000 to 30,000 are severely wounded. 6.9 percent of veterans (1.725 million) are not able to work because they are disabled. The Montgomery G.I. Bill provides educational assistance for those completing three years on active duty, two year on active duty if that is what was signed up for, or two years on active duty and four years in the reserve. The number of veterans using benefits for college or university study, or for business, technical and vocational training, have steadily increased. This trend likely reflects changes in labor market education requirements. The percentage of veterans emphasizing the importance of educational benefits to achieving their goals has steadily increased. This reflects enlistment incentives promulgated in recent years, which have encouraged people to volunteer by emphasizing the education benefits can obtain through military service. The majority of veterans currently are married (74.9 percent) More than half of the veteran population (54.6 percent) has an annual family income of $50,000 or less. The Montgomery G.I. Bill currently provides active-duty veterans with up to $1,075 monthly for a maximum of 36 months to cover education expenses, depending on years of service, rank and other considerations. The average cost of a year’s tuition, room and board, and fees for in-state students at public institutions in 2007-08 is $16,640, which is $66,560 for a four year degree. Average tuition and fees are up 40 percent from five years ago; they increased 6.3 percent in the last year alone. In 2005, median earning of four-year college male graduates are 63 percent higher than median earning of high school graduates. Among women, earning were 70 percent higher. Sources: *National Survey of Veterans 2001, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs * The College Board, 10/22/2007

For more information: Call Kristi Maxwell at 517-264-3142 or email 110 S. Madison Street, Adrian, MI 49221

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Ve t erans’ spouses may apply jointly or individually for the Operation Education Scholarship. Support of wounded veterans’ families is a va...