The Ferris State University Board of Trustees celebrated Veterans Day and those men and women who have served in the Armed Forces by approving a Military Veterans Scholarship Program during the board's regular meeting Nov. 11 at Kendall College of Art and Design.
The program will provide a $1,000 annual scholarship and waive out-of-state tuition fees for qualified veterans enrolling at Ferris. Veterans entering school in either freshman or tranfer status are eligible for the scholarship effective Winter Semester 2006.
"This scholarship is one way in which Ferris can show its appreciation to our men and women in the military," said University President David L. Eisler. "A significant number of students have had to postpone their education due to service to their country. This is a way of helping them when they return to civilian life."
The scholarship is renewable for three additional years and the out-of-state tuition waiver continues as long as the veteran-student meets the program requirements. To receive the scholarship, veterans must have served a minimum of six consecutive months, or 180 days, on active duty status in the United States Military within the last four years previous to their enrollment at Ferris.
Student-veterans also must maintain full-time academic status and be in good academic standing to receive the scholarship.
"I am proud to say Ferris State University is offering this scholarship," Board of Trustee Vice Chair James K. Haveman Jr. said.
Haveman understands the importance of honoring the men and women who serve their country, having served in Iraq as interim head of the Ministry of Health from June 2003 to May 2004.
"This scholarship provides university officials the opportunity to do more to thank the men and women who serve their country," he added.
From Ferris State University's FYI Thursday, November 17, 2005 Volume 33, Number 11.
For more information see the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid, Veteran's Administration.