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First veteran scholarship fund established at OSU

Thu, July 20, 2017
Flags placed on Library Lawn for Veteran's Day Tribute

An anonymous alumna and her husband have created the Veteran Appreciation Scholarship Fund at Oklahoma State University to benefit veterans and other military-affiliated students on campus. This is the first scholarship fund established specifically to help the veterans or a dependent that qualifies to receive the veteran’s GI Bill benefits.

“What many don’t realize is that GI Bill benefits are limited to 36 months of study, whether they’re used by a veteran or one of the veteran’s dependents,” said Rick Hansen, coordinator of Veteran Student Academic Services at OSU. “This limitation does not always allow our student veterans to reach their educational goals, so this scholarship fund represents a critical first step to help overcome that limitation.”

The largest number of veterans on campus are enrolled in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology seeking degrees that often require more than four years of study, explained Hansen. Additionally, many exhaust their benefits while earning their undergraduate degrees and less than 10 percent have benefits available for their continued education. That often means taking a full or part-time job and extending their college stay. In some cases, such as students studying with the help of the National Guard, tuition is covered, but help is needed in meeting the cost of fees, books and supplies.

Scholarship recipients can be either undergraduate or graduate students at OSU with documented financial need. They must be a U.S. military veteran, reservist, National Guardsman or the dependent of a U.S. military veteran or active duty service member.

“The establishing donors have invited everyone to join in helping build this scholarship so it can serve as many as possible and every donation of any size will be greatly appreciated,” Hansen said.

The scholarship will be funded on a non-endowed basis and that means every donation is especially important to help OSU veterans or other military-affiliated students on campus. You may give online at www.osugiving.com or mail a check to OSU Foundation, 400 S. Monroe, Stillwater OK  74074.

Please designate fund #20-00380 VETERAN APPRECIATION SCHOLARSHIP or give online at:  https://osugiving.com/veteranscholarships