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Welcome Veteran Students, Family, and Friends. Here you will find some helpful information.

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Scholarships

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Scholarships

  • The AMVET National Scholarship Program is designed for those veterans who have exhausted the resources of the G.I. Bill. Applicants must have been honorably discharged, and must be attending an accredited college, university or technical school. The award is $1000 per academic year, renewable for up to three years.
  • The Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship is available to all veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart. The program is also open to widows and dependents of those service-members who have been awarded the Purple Heart posthumously. Award amounts vary, and are based on financial need.
  • The American Legion Scholarship is available to all veteran members of the legion who are pursuing their undergraduate studies at an accredited college or university. Annual awards are $1000, and eligibility is determined by financial need.
  • The Pat Tillman Foundation offers the Leadership Through Action Tilman Military Scholars program which provides financial assistance to veterans and active-duty military who wish to start, continue, or finish their college education. Award amounts vary, and eligibility is determined by merit as well as financial need. Applicants are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA, and must submit two essays for consideration.
  • The Troops to Teachers Program is administered by the U. S. Department of Defense, and provides financial support for veterans who choose to pursue a degree in teaching or education. Eligible applicants must agree to a term of service in a high need school or community in order to receive funding. Eligibility is determined by financial need, as well as academic merit.
  • The Folds of Honor Scholarship for Veterans with Disabilities are unique scholarships awarded by the Folds of Honor Foundation are intended to offset the rising costs of post-secondary tuition and fees, textbooks, room and board, course-required tools, approved tutoring, and other school-related expenses. Scholarships can be used immediately, or can be held with the Foundation on behalf of young children until their time of enrollment.
  • AMVETS - Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Family Foundation Memorial Scholarship - The Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Family Foundation Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Veterans, including members of the National Guard and Reserves, who are seeking new skills in order to be competitive in the job market.
  • AMVETS Scholarships - AMVETS annually awards scholarships to Veterans/active military, their sons, daughters or grandchildren. A son, daughter or grandchild of a deceased Veteran is also eligible.
  • Daniel Drevnick Scholarship - The Daniel Drevnick Scholarship has been established to assist Veterans in the transition from military service to civilian law enforecement. The fund is awarded twice yearly to an outstanding Veteran or family member of a Veteran. The memorial fund promotes the values of freedom, opportunity, responsibility, compassion and morality...because that is what Daniel stood for. For additional information please see: http://www.heroathome.org.
  • Financial Aid for Veterans, Military Personnel, and Their Families 2012-2014 - Department of Defense approved list of scholarships and financial aid options for Veterans, military menbers and families. Every year there are many scholarships that are never paid to students. This resource contains over 1,400 scholarships specifically targeted for service members and their families.
  • Grand Lodge Matching Funds Scholarship Program - Minnesota Masonic Charities matches the local lodge scholarships, up to the maximum matching award per lodge of $1,500 for 2010.
  • Horatio Alger Military Veterans Scholarship - The Horatio Alger Military Veterans Scholarship is awarded to Veterans who have served under the United States Military Operation in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan or Operation Iraqi Freedom beginning Sept. 11, 2001 or later.
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship- The Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship is available to the recipient of a Purple Heart; a direct descendant of a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart or of a Veteran killed in action or who died of wounds; or a spouse or widow(er) of a recipient of the Purple Heart.
  • Minnesota National Guard Scholarships - Minnesota National Guard has several options for scholarships.
  • Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society - Visit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Education Programs site for a listing of education programs available to help eligible Navy and Marine Corps families pursue their academic goals by providing a source of education financing.
  • NBCC Foundation - The NBCC Foundation Military Scholarship Program is designed to encourage Service Members and Veterans to pursue careers in professional counseling. The program provides financial support to students who enroll, or seek to enroll, in a CACREP accredited counseling program during or after military service, and who commit to serving military personnel.
  • The Army Women's Foundation (AWF) Legacy Scholarships - AWF recognizes the value of education. The AWF is committed to helping Army women and their children achieve their educational goals and aspirations.  The Foundation's Legacy Scholarship Program is available to all Army women - active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve and their children.  This is our small way to thank them for their service! (Postcard)
  • University of Minnesota Founders Free Tuition Program - The Founders Free Tuition Program is a special award program that benefits qualified incoming students from Minnesota who meet certain financial need requirements.
  • Veterans United Scholarship Program through the Veterans United Foundation - A non-profit organization committed to enhancing the lives or Veterans and military families nationwide. This scholarship may be available to active-duty service members, Veterans, spouse of military member or Veteran, surviving spouse of a fallen soldier, or child of military member or Veteran.
  • VFW Military Scholarships - The VFW's Military Scholarship program provides 25 $3,000 scholarships annually to VFW members who are currently serving in uniform or have been discharged within the 36 months before the December 31 deadline.

Career Resources

Laws that Protect Veterans with Disabilities in Employment

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) prohibits employers from discriminating against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of their military status or military obligations. It also protects the reemployment rights of individuals who leave their civilian jobs (whether voluntarily or involuntarily) to serve in the uniformed services, including the U.S. Reserve forces and state, District of Columbia, and territory (e.g., Guam) National Guards. Under USERRA, employers must make "reasonable efforts" to help a veteran who is returning to employment to become qualified to perform the duties of the position whether or not the veteran has a service-connected disability. This could include providing training or retraining for the position. USERRA applies to all veterans, not just those with service-connected disabilities, and to all employers regardless of size.

Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits an employer from treating an applicant or employee unfavorably in all aspects of employment -- including hiring, promotions, job assignments, training, termination, and any other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment -- because he has a disability, a history of having a disability, or because the employer regards him as having a disability. That means, for example, that it is illegal for an employer to refuse to hire a veteran because he has PTSD, because he was previously diagnosed with PTSD, or because the employer assumes he has PTSD. The ADA also limits the medical information employers may obtain and prohibits disability-based harass­ment and retaliations. It also provides that, absent undue hardship (significant difficulty or expense to the employer), applicants and employees with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodation to apply for jobs, to perform their jobs, and to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment (e.g., access to the parts of an employer's facility available to all employees and access to employer-sponsored training and social events).

Resources: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/ada_veterans.cfm 

 

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