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    • The Fund for Veterans’ Education THE PROGRAM The Fund for Veterans’ Education will provide up to $3,500,000 in the 2008-09 academic year to help meet the financial need of veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001 and who are now enrolled in college or vocational-technical school. The Fund for Veterans’ Education is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a department of Scholarship America. Scholarship America is a national nonprofit education support and student aid service organization that seeks to involve and assist the public and private sectors in expanding educational opportunities and encouraging educational achievement. ELIGIBILITY To be eligible to apply to the Fund for Veterans’ Education, the student must – • Be a veteran of any branch of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines), Coast Guard, National Guard and Armed Forces Reserves. • Have served and been deployed for a total of at least 60 days in Afghanistan or Iraq after September 11, 2001 (or served in the surrounding area and have documented service in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom), or be a veteran who was deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq after September 11, 2001, but did not meet the 60-day active service period as a result of a service-related injury or condition incurred while serving in Afghanistan or Iraq. • Be enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis in an undergraduate program of study at any accredited two-year or four-year institution, public or private, including technical schools for the fall 2008 term. • Have applied for and accepted all federal, state and institutional need-based grants and all available military educational benefits. AWARDS If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award for the 2008-09 which may be renewed in subsequent years. The award is intended to cover any unmet financial need based on the cost of attendance, the student’s expected family contribution, federal, state and institutional need-based grants, and military educational benefits. Awards are for undergraduate study only and may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies, and required equipment. If the student is selected as a recipient and is unable to enroll due extenuating circumstances including being activated for overseas duty, the award may be deferred upon request on a case-by-case basis. APPLICATION Interested eligible students must complete the attached application and mail it along with the following required documents: 1. Documentation of military service and deployment (one or more of the following): a. United States Armed Forces: copy of official military orders and documentation of service dates in Afghanistan or Iraq after September 11, 2001 b. United States Armed Forces: copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214) c. United States Armed Forces – Reserve Component: copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214) d. National Guard: copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214) e. If DD214 does not clearly state dates of service in Iraq or Afghanistan or participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom, please supply other documentation such as a signed statement from your commanding officer or VA Administrator, the Basic Individual Report for Marines, or deployment roster. 2. If total service days in Afghanistan and/or Iraq is less than 60, provide military medical documentation of service-related injury or condition incurred in Afghanistan or Iraq 3. Current, complete transcript of grades (one of the following): a. college or technical school transcript for those who have attended at least one term of college or technical school b. high school transcript for those who have not completed one term of college c. GED test score results 4. 2008-09 Student Aid Report (SAR) with Expected Family Contribution (EFC) printed (one of the following): a. Complete SAR Print Summary from the FAFSA web site b. Student copy of the complete SAR
    • 5. Financial aid award letter from the college for 2008-09 6. Statement of military education benefits for 2008-09 (if not available, provide most recent statement and your projection for 2008-09) Items 3 - 5 may be in the form of electronic printout provided the document includes school name and student name. The application and all required supporting documents must be mailed to Scholarship America in one envelope, postmarked by June 15, 2008. SELECTION OF RECIPIENTS Scholarship recipients are selected primarily on the basis of financial need. In addition, length of military service (number of months and number of tours served) will be considered. It is the program’s intent to select recipients from all the States, US Territories and the District of Columbia, representative of the current demographics of the United States Armed Forces, all types of colleges and schools and broad representation across all levels, as long as qualified applications are received. Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any member of any of the Armed Forces play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision of Scholarship America as final. Applicants will be notified by mid-August 2008. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program in future application periods, if the program continues to be offered, as long as they meet eligibility requirements. PAYMENT OF SCHOLARHIPS Scholarship America processes scholarship payments. Payment is made in two installments for the academic year, in early September 2008 and at the end of December 2008. Checks are mailed to each recipient’s home address and are made payable to the school for the student’s account. RENEWAL OF SCHOLARSHIPS Awards are renewable up to three additional years for full-time students (10 credit hours or more per term), based on satisfactory academic performance in an undergraduate program and continued demonstration of financial need. Part-time students (fewer than 10 credit hours per term) may renew for a longer period of time if needed, up to the maximum equivalent of four years of full-time funding. In April, 2009, recipients will be contacted by mail with instructions to submit transcript of grades and financial documents for renewal of their awards. OBLIGATIONS Recipients are required to supply Scholarship America with transcripts and updated financial aid information when requested, and to notify Scholarship America of any changes of address, school enrollment, or other relevant information. Failure to notify Scholarship America of any of these changes or to respond when contacted may result in forfeiture of award. REVISIONS The Fund for Veterans’ Education reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time including termination of the program. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Questions regarding the scholarship program should be addressed to:
    • Page 1 of 2 The Fund for Veterans’ Education TYPE OR PRINT ALL INFORMATION EXCEPT SIGNATURES Completeness and neatness ensure your application will be reviewed properly. Application postmark deadline June 15, 2008 FOR I.D. # SERV SAI TOUR EFC FA GI SCHOLARSHIP AMERICA USE ONLY APPLICANT NOTE: Evidence of service eligibility requirements must be submitted with this application. See instructions in program information and on DATA second page of this application. Last Name First Middle Initial Permanent Home Mailing Address Apartment # City State Zip Code Daytime Telephone ( ) E-mail Address Soc. Sec # Date of Birth: Month Day Year Branch of Armed Forces:  Army  Navy  Air Force  Marines  Coast Guard  Army Reserve  Naval Reserve  Air Force Reserve  Marine Corps Reserve  Coast Guard Reserve  Army National Guard – State  Air National Guard – State Date of Enlistment Date of Discharge Deployed in:  Afghanistan – Dates: from Month Day Year to Month Day Year 2nd tour – Dates: from Month Day Year to Month Day Year 3rd tour – Dates: from Month Day Year to Month Day Year  Iraq – Dates: from Month Day Year to Month Day Year 2nd tour – Dates: from Month Day Year to Month Day Year 3rd tour – Dates: from Month Day Year to Month Day Year  Check if total of tour(s) above is less than 60 days due to service-related injury or condition incurred in Afghanistan or Iraq Please indicate your status.  Male  Female  American Indian/Alaska Native  Black/African American  Multi-Racial  White  Asian  Hispanic/Latino  Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander How did you learn about this scholarship?  College  VA  Other HIGH SCHOOL High school attended City State Telephone ( ) DATA High school graduation date: Month Year or GED earned: Month Year POST- Name of post-secondary school you will attend in Fall term 2008. (If unknown, please list in order of preference the schools to which you SECONDARY have applied. Indicate type of school for your first preference only.) Use official school names. Do not use abbreviations. SCHOOL DATA 1. City State 2. City State  4 yr. College or University  2 yr. Community or Junior College  Vocational-Technical School  Other, explain Year in school during the 2008 fall term: 1 2 3 4 5 You will be enrolled:  Full-time  Part-time, provide number of credit hours in fall 2008 Major or course of study: Expected college graduation date: Month Year Degree sought:  Bachelor  Associate  Certificate  Other (Masters degrees are not eligible.) Student will:  live on campus  live off campus  commute from home If school choice is a public institution, applicant will pay:  in-state resident tuition  out-of-state tuition FVE 3/08 Copyright © 1988 Scholarship America All Rights Reserved
    • Page 2 of 2 The student is responsible for submitting all materials to Scholarship America on time. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. This APPLICATION application becomes complete and valid only when Scholarship America has received all of the following materials: CHECKLIST  Completed and signed application.  Documentation of military service and deployment (one or more of the following): • United States Armed Forces: copy of official military orders and documentation of service dates in Afghanistan or Iraq (or in the surrounding area in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom) after September 11, 2001 • United States Armed Forces: copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214) • United States Armed Forces – Reserve Component: copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214) • National Guard: copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD214) • If DD214 does not clearly state dates of service in Iraq or Afghanistan or participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom, please supply other documentation such as a signed statement from your commanding officer or VA Administrator, the Basic Individual Report for Marines, or deployment roster.  If total service days in Afghanistan and/or Iraq is less than 60, provide military medical documentation of service-related injury or condition incurred in Afghanistan or Iraq  Current, complete transcript of grades (one of the following): • college or technical school transcript for those who have attended at least one term of college or technical school • high school transcript for those who have not completed one term of college • GED test score results  2008-09 Student Aid Report (SAR) with Expected Family Contribution (EFC) printed (one of the following): • Complete SAR Print Summary from the FAFSA web site • Student copy of the complete SAR  Financial aid award letter from the college for 2008-09  Statement of military education benefits for 2008-09 (if not available, provide most recent statement and your projection for 2008-09) The transcript, SAR and college financial award letter may be in the form of an electronic printout provided the document includes school name and student name. The application and all required documents must be mailed to Scholarship America in one envelope, postmarked by June 15, 2008: . Postmark deadline June 15, 2008 CERTIFICATION Scholarship America has the sole responsibility for selecting recipients based on criteria as set forth in the program’s description. This application becomes the property of Scholarship America. It is recommended that you keep a copy for your files. I acknowledge decisions of Scholarship America are final. I certify that I meet eligibility requirements of the program and the information provided is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge. If requested, I will provide proof of information I have given on this form, including an official transcript of grades and a copy of my U.S. Income Tax Return. Falsification of information may result in termination of any award granted. If selected to be a recipient, I authorize the sponsor and Scholarship America to use information in my application for publicity purposes. Applicant’s Signature Date FVE 3/08 Copyright © 1988 Scholarship America All Rights Reserved