VFW Announces Landmark Semester for VFW’s ‘Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship’
Program names 133 student veteran recipients
January 19, 2016
CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign
Wars of the United States (VFW) is pleased to announce 133 service members and
veterans have been named recipients of the VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero
Scholarship,” making the 2016 spring semester the highest award period since
the program’s inception in 2013. These student veterans will receive over $563,500
in combined aid.
a complete list of the 2016 spring recipients.
For many student veterans, military educational
benefits are often exhausted before the full costs of a college education are
accounted for, leaving many without a completed degree or burdened with
excessive student loans.
The VFW’s “Sport Clips
Help A Hero Scholarship” program, created through the VFW’s long-standing
relationship with Sport Clips Haircuts, provides service members and veterans
with the financial support they need to complete their educational goals
without incurring unmanageable student loan debt. Funding
for the scholarships is made possible through Sport Clips’ annual Help A Hero fundraiser, in
which locations across the nation participate. In mid-October through November
11, Veterans Day, Sport Clips stylists raise funds in-store and in their
communities to benefit the scholarship program. In 2015, the company exceeded
their $750,000 fundraising goal with a donation total of more than $900,000.
The Help A Hero scholarship program has experienced
great success, awarding more than $1.8 million in financial aid and has provided
scholarships to 444 service members and veterans to date.
“It is challenging to convey the amount of gratitude I
feel,” explained scholarship recipient Joshua R. East. “Even though the gesture
of a scholarship may seem insignificant to some, it is a beacon of hope and
inspiration to me, and to those like me.”
Help A Hero scholarships are awarded twice a year,
exclusively to service members and veterans to help cover the cost of tuition
and fees. Scholarship applications are currently being accepted for the 2016 fall
VFW Contact: Lynn Rolf, III, Director of VFW Programs, LRolf@vfw.org.
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