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Lipscomb accepting applications for Yellow Ribbon Program

Lipscomb accepting applications for Yellow Ribbon Program

Posted: Friday, May 29, 2009 8:06 am

The Messenger 05.29.09
Lipscomb University in Nash-ville is now accepting applications from military veterans and eligible family members who qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program, a benefit under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill that provides college tuition, a housing stipend and money for books.
Lipscomb intends to match dollar-for-dollar the federal government aid provided by the Yellow Ribbon Program, allowing those eligible to earn an undergraduate degree tuition-free.
“To honor the selfless service of veterans of the Iraqi and Afghan wars, Lipscomb leadership felt we should do everything in our power to make both an undergraduate and graduate education available to these brave men and women,” said Scott McDowell, vice president of student development, who oversees Lipscomb’s veterans liaison office. “So we committed the funds to provide a tuition-free education to military veterans. They have proven they can succeed in the military; now they deserve every opportunity to succeed in the rest of their civilian careers.”
Applications for Lipscomb University and the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill are currently being accepted. Yellow Ribbon benefits will be available to veterans and family members beginning Aug.1. Qualifying individuals can enroll at Lipscomb for the fall 2009 semester, beginning Aug. 24.
Lipscomb University is committed to expanding its reach to bring quality Christian education to students who have traditionally been underserved. This past spring semester also brought programs to expand access for Hispanic students and community college graduates.
Lipscomb has hired David K. Hughes, a retired Army captain and a current Lipscomb grad student, as the university’s veterans’ liaison. He also plans to establish a veterans support group to plan social and enrichment activities for veterans at Lipscomb.
To receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program, veterans must have served at least 36 months of active duty after Sept. 10, 2001; be honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after having served at least 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001; or be a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.
For information, visit http://veterans.lipscomb.edu or contact Hughes at (615) 966-5176 or hughesdk@lipscomb.edu.

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