New grant will help veterans completing college educations

New grant will help veterans completing college educations

Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2008 12:10 pm

The Messenger 07.09.08

A new grant has been approved for the 2008-09 academic year that will assist Tennessee veterans in completing their college educations.
The grant, known as the Helping Heroes Grant, will be available each year to as many as 375 eligible veterans on a first come, first serve basis and will award $1,000 each semester to students completing at least 12 units throughout the academic year.
Eligibility for the program includes the following criteria:
• Must be honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States or a former member of a reserve or Tennessee national guard unit called into active duty;
• Must be a Tennessee resident;
• Must have been awarded either the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal or the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (awarded on or after Sept. 11, 2001);
• Must be admitted to and enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution, seeking an associate’s or baccalaureate degree;
• Must not have previously received a baccalaureate degree; and
• Must make application for the Helping Heroes Grant for any semester in which the veteran successfully completes six or more semester hours.
Students have until Sept. 1 to process their applications for grant eligibility. Eligible veterans may receive funds for the 2008-09 academic year.
For more information regarding eligibility for the Helping Heroes Grant, visit; or for other Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarships and financial assistance programs, visit

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