(NAPSI)—While veterans are among the most sought-after college students today, nearly half can’t afford to go to college, according to a recent MARCH Marketing survey of 6,000 military veterans. Many may not know what scholarships are available to them.
Fortunately, getting and paying for an education is now much easier for a number of veterans and their families. Colorado Technical University (CTU) annually awards its Wounded Warrior Scholarship to 50 wounded service members, their spouses and—new this year—caregivers, making it possible for so many that served their country to earn their degrees.
The scholarship program can provide much-needed assistance to active-duty military personnel, veterans, their families and caregivers to pursue higher education. Together with the Yellow Ribbon Fund, the program covers full educational costs including tuition, books and fees for any degree program, as well as a new laptop computer.
According to Kurt Johnson, retired Navy Captain and Director of Military Strategy and Relations at CTU, “These service members and their families make incredible sacrifices for our country and we want to make it as easy as possible for them to succeed in civilian life. That means providing support networks to guide them and giving them an opportunity to pursue their dreams of higher education free from financial strain.”
CTU provides higher education to connect students to what matters most in reaching their professional goals. It offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs taught by real-world faculty members who enrich the curriculum with their industry experience and prepare students for today’s challenges and the hard-hitting problems of tomorrow.
CTU’s personalized, online learning system lets students control what, where, when and how they learn. Students can also learn and connect on campuses in Colorado.
How to Apply
The Wounded Warrior Scholarship application consists of an essay sharing the obstacles a wounded service person has overcome, or the obstacles encountered while caring for and supporting someone who is injured. Scholarship winners are selected based on their desire to advance their education and plans to apply their degree for career advancement after completing the program. Applications are due by September 15, 2015.
Candidates must provide proof of high school graduation or equivalency documents, and be an active United States Armed Forces member or veteran, or spouse or caregiver of an active-service member or veteran who is currently receiving medical treatment for injuries suffered in combat or injuries received in the line of duty.
An independent selection board consisting of representatives from the academic and military communities selects recipients who will be notified in October and November.
For more information about the Colorado Technical University Wounded Warrior Scholarship and to access the application, visit www.coloradotech.edu/ww.
Colorado Technical University cannot guarantee employment or salary. Find employment rates, financial obligations and other disclosures at www.coloradotech.edu/disclosures. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.