UMGC is proud of its military-affiliated students and scholarships designed for them

University of Maryland Global Campus takes pride in its military-affilated tudents. Photo credit File photo

University of Maryland Global Campus is proud of the strong partnership it enjoys with the armed forces and the many premier scholarships that are available to its military-affiliated students.

The MILVET Appreciation Fair on May 14 provided UMGC with the opportunity to show its appreciation for its active duty, veteran students and their families in a tangible way. The event, which drew more than 100 attendees, showcased SALUTE National Honor Society Inductees and VIO Scholarship recipients.

The event also gave attendees the opportunity to meet with employers, veterans services organizations said UMGC Director of Veteran Initiatives Kristin Byerly.

VIO Military Affiliated Scholarships - 6 Scholarships at $1,000 each

3 available in spring term

Application period is Spring Jan. 15 - Feb. 10

3 available in fall term

Application period is Fall: Aug. 15 - Sept. 10

Essay Required

Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for these scholarships, you must

• Be currently enrolled at UMGC

• Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

• Be an active member of at least one of the following student organizations:

One2One Mentorship Program

Vessey Veterans Resource Center’s virtual student union

SALUTE Honor Society

Student Veteran of the Year

$3,000 Awarded at Veterans Day Event

Sept. 15 - Oct. 10

• Be currently enrolled at UMGC as a full-time student in good standing

• Be currently serving or have previously served in the U.S. armed forces

• Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

• Have earned 30 undergraduate credits or 12 graduate credits (not including transfer credits)

• Have exceptional moral character and dedication to military service

• Not be a member of the staff or a student worker of UMGC

Janet Thomas, director of military support, stateside military operations, said UMGC supports its military-affiliated students through scholarships designed for them. Among them is The Pillars of Strength Scholarship Program is a first-of-its-kind opportunity offered exclusively to military caregivers.

“In 2018, the National Scholarship Providers Associations awarded their Scholarship Provider of the Year award to UMGC’s Pillars of Strength Scholarship Program for our efforts to recognize an underserved population of students,” explained Thomas.

In 2014, the Rand Military Caregivers Study found there are 5.5 million service members in the U.S. receiving assistance from a caregiver, 1.1 million of which are service members or veterans receiving caregivers’ assistance as a direct result from Post-9/11 combat-related injuries.

The scholarship fully funds an undergraduate or graduate degree or certificate program, covering all tuition, fees, and required course resource materials.  To be considered for this scholarship program, the applicant must be a spouse, parent, stepparent, sibling, stepsibling, fiancé, child, stepchild, or friend of a servicemember or of a veteran who became wounded, injured, or ill in the line-of-duty after Sept. 11, 2001.

Enrollment in the VA Caregiver Program or assignment as a DoD-designated non-medical attendant is not required. However, UMGC will, in its entirety, determine eligibility based on the documentation required for the proof of caregiver status to that veteran or servicemember.

Thirty-nine caregivers have been awarded the scholarship since it began in the fall of 2013. Twelve caregivers will be awarded the scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. This scholarship program is made possible through a generous endowment from The Blewitt Foundation and many other donors.

Thomas noted that The Pillars of Strength Scholarship Program will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in fall of 2022 and that 15 scholarships will be awarded for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The scholarship application period will open again on Nov. 11, 2022, and close on March 30, 2023. To learn more about the Pillars of Strength Scholarship Program, visit here or email.

Through the UMGC-NMFA Scholarship program, University of Maryland Global Campus awards a minimum of 10 scholarships, worth up to $1,500 each, through the National Military Family Association to spouses of active-duty, Reservist, and/or National Guard service members, continued Thomas.

Eligible applicants must be current or newly enrolled students who have earned no more than 30 credits and are seeking their first undergraduate degree. The scholarship covers up to two full courses, 6 credits, said Thomas.

A candidate for this scholarship must be a UMGC student who Is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident noncitizen; is a current or newly enrolled student who has earned no more than 30 credits at UMGC; is a military spouse of an active-duty, Reserve, or National Guard service member; is a degree-seeking student pursuing a first undergraduate degree. is enrolled or will enroll in at least 6 credits during spring 2021; Is not receiving 100 percent tuition assistance or reimbursement from work; and is not eligible for 100 percent veterans benefits.

The NMFA scholarship program is made possible through a grant from UMGC alumna retired Air Force Lt. Col. Dona Hildebrand.

The application for spring 2022 scholarships is open from Oct. 1 to Dec, 31,  31, 2021.  Applicants must be a registered member of the NMFA. Membership is free.

Additional information about the UMGC-NMFA scholarship can be found here or by email.

To learn more about UMGC visit here.

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