VFW’s Scholarship Helps Army Veteran Find New Direction
New focus calls veteran to teaching
October 23, 2015
U.S. Army veteran Chad Gibbs always knew he wanted to make
serving in the military his career.
During a 2006 deployment to Iraq, an IED blast changed those plans, and his
life, forever. Suffering severe trauma to his left arm and leg, Chad braved
over two years of surgeries and rehabilitation before being medically retired
in February 2009.
No longer able to make serving a career, Chad drew from his military background
and insider’s perspective on military formations to find a new direction. With
new hopes of one day becoming a college history professor, he focused on
studying multiple aspects of World War II history. After exhausting his military
educational benefits while earning his bachelor’s degree, he applied for the
VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” to help cover his tuition as he
worked toward a master’s degree.
After being selected as a 2014 fall scholarship recipient,
Chad was incredibly happy and humbled to have been awarded the scholarship a
“I’m very grateful to the VFW and its sponsors for
this award,” said Chad. “Many scholarships are tied to a great deal of
requirements on the recipient when they are already busy trying to be
successful students. I think the VFW has designed a solid assistance program …
that is free of all these additional hoops.”
The support Chad received from the Help A Hero scholarship
helped him focus on achieving his educational goals and put him one step closer
to a successful teaching career.
The VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” was
created to provide service members and veterans with the financial assistance
they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive
student loan debt. Awarded twice a year, scholarships help cover the cost of
tuition and fees. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2016 spring
semester. For more information on the Help A Hero Scholarship program or to
apply, click here.
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