Children of North Carolina war veterans may be eligible for money for college, the N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs announced last week.
“In appreciation for the service and sacrifices of North Carolina’s war veterans, these scholarships are provided to help to defray the ever-increasing costs of higher education,” said Tim Wipperman, Assistant Secretary for Veterans Affairs. “The express purpose of the funds is to provide scholastic support to help children of certain disabled, deceased, combat or POW/MIA veterans.”
The deadline to apply is March 1. Scholarships can be used at North Carolina state-owned institutions of higher education, community colleges and technical institutes or privately owned nonprofit colleges and universities.
There are several classes of scholarship eligibility. Students who are interested in applying for a scholarship can find information at doa.nc.gov/vets/locations.
To qualify, the applicant must be a state resident at the time of application. Additionally:
1. The veteran parent also was a legal resident of North Carolina when that veteran entered into the service in the armed forces during which eligibility is established; or
2. The applicant of an eligible veteran is the natural child or adopted child prior to age 15, who was born in North Carolina and has been a resident of North Carolina continuously since birth; and
3. The applicant must be under age 25 at the time of application.
Most scholarships provide free tuition, certain fees and a room-and-board allowance in state-owned institutions and $4,500 per academic year in private institutions. In addition, a limited number of scholarships provide free tuition and certain fees in state-owned institutions and $1,500 per academic year in private institutions. For more information, or to submit an application, contact your local Veterans Service Office.