UM-Flint announces new, full-ride scholarship for local veterans

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Helen Budd places stole on on graduate at Veterans' Graduation Dinner. (Photo by UM-Flint)
Helen Budd places stole on on graduate at Veterans' Graduation Dinner. (Photo by UM-Flint)

(Flint, MI) The University of Michigan-Flint has announced the creation of the Valiant Veterans Scholarship, a new scholarship to recognize veterans in the Greater Flint area who are pursuing their first Bachelor’s degree.

The Valiant Veterans Scholarship will cover the costs of up to four consecutive, full academic years of tuition and mandatory fees at the in-state rate, or until degree completion, whichever comes first.

Eligible applicants must be a newly-admitted undergraduate student who were honorably discharged or received a general discharge under honorable conditions from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, or their reserve component.

The scholarship is also open to a member in good standing in the Michigan Army or Air National Guard.

“Making a UM-Flint education accessible to anyone is a top priority for us,” said Kristi N. Hottenstein, UM-Flint Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management. “The chance to reward and recognize our local veterans for service to our country, and provide a path to earn a Michigan degree, is a win-win situation.”

The Valiant Veteran Scholarship is available for fall, winter, spring, and summer semesters, though courses must be applicable to the student’s program of study. The number of scholarships offered each year will depend on available funding and the number of qualified applicants.

One unique requirement of scholarship recipients is their commitment to fulfill at least one “engagement activity” on campus, which may consist of serving as a guest lecturer, mentor, or participating in a recruitment event.

“The University of Michigan-Flint is consistently recognized as one of the most veteran-friendly institutions in our region,” says Helen Budd, Program Manager in the Student Veterans Resource Center on UM-Flint’s campus. “Whether through a scholarship program like Valiant Veterans or benefits like the GI Bill®, we want to make sure that any eligible veteran is able to attend UM-Flint regardless of financial situation.”

Budd recommends that veterans interested in a college degree discuss utilizing Tuition Assistance with an Education Services Officer before deciding where and when to enroll.  Any veteran needing help identifying that person or wanting more information should contact Helen Budd in the Student Veterans Resource Center.

Applicants wishing to pursue this scholarship must submit a University of Michigan-Flint Valiant Veterans Scholarship application to the Office of Financial Aid.

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Bill is a communications specialist in University Communications & Marketing.