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Grants and Scholarships for Iraq and Afghanistan War Vets

6 April, 2011 (12:55) | War Vet Scholarships | By: Carlo Evanson

Grants and Scholarships for Iraq and Afghanistan War VetsIf you served in the military during the Iraq or Afghanistan War, then there are dozens of grants and scholarships that you may want to look into that can help fund your college education.

What Types of Scholarships are There?

The military has what can be considered to be one of the most comprehensive education programs available, in that all active duty military personnel are qualified to apply for tuition assistance.  Military Tuition Assistance programs are offered by each branch of the United States Armed Forces and cover 100% tuition up to $250 per credit hour (talk to your branch education specialist for more information on how Tuition Assistance works).  But for those military students who are studying at schools whose tuition runs more than $250 per credit hour, the cost of tuition can still add up quickly.

While Military Tuition Assistance does not normally apply to personnel once they have left the service, for those veterans of the Iraq or Afghanistan War, there are exceptions that are made regarding tuition assistance.  Exceptions vary by branch (as to how much tuition will be covered) so you should check with your individual branch education specialist for more specific information.

There are, however, a number of groups, organizations and foundations that have also committed themselves to offering scholarships to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  Some of the more popular scholarships are listed below.

Popular Scholarships for Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

The Post 9/11 GI Bill offers college scholarships for veterans from all branches of the U.S. armed forces and reserves who served in Afghanistan or Iraq since Sept. 11, 2001. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and can be used for any public or private school, fees, living expenses, books and supplies.

As of 2010, the Coalition to Salute America’s heroes provides financial aid to veterans and their families; specifically to veterans that were wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  Some of the financial aid available is earmarked as money to be used for education

Reserve Aid is a non-profit organization providing financial support to reservists from all branches of the military.  The grants awarded by this organization are specifically for emergency relief of mortgage, utilities, car payments etc., but if awarded, the money freed up can be used towards education.

USA Cares is a non-profit organization set up to provide financial assistance to post 9/11 members of the National Guard and Reserve as well as their families.  Since its inception over $7.2 million dollars has been awarded in unrestricted grants that can be used for any expenses, including education.

In addition, most colleges and universities have scholarships available for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  You will need to check with your individual school for qualifications.

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    Comment from Dr.Mohamad A. Alobaidy
    Time September 5, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Hello Carol
    I am in Prosthodontics (Dentist specialist in prosthetic dentistry), in Iraq. I am working on a new projects in dentistry (Patent and new philosophy), I believe this to be so valuable for developing prosthetic dentistry and aesthetic dentistry. My device decreases the time and cost of a complete denture construction several times. I ask your help to with any type of scholarship or grant.
    1. Apply for patent in UK
    2. Make contract with manufacturer of dental material for benefits of both of us from my invention
    3. I have very good experience in complete denture construction and I have a specialized center for it, so I ask if there is a chance to work in UK??
    4. Finally I ask if there is a chance to get a free scholarship in UK, as I have new research in aesthetic dentistry.
    I am waiting your explanations. Thanks in advance

    Comment from Carol Evanson
    Time September 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Hello Dr. Alobaidy

    There is a scholarship at the Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam within the University of Amsterdam you might want to take a look at. I have listed the contact information for your.

    Section for Oral Implantology and Prosthetic Dentistry: Prof. Dr. D. Wismeijer
    Address: ACTA, Gustav Mahlerlaan 3004, 1081 LA Amsterdam, NL
    E-mail address: d.wismeijer@acta.nl
    Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Dr. Ch. ten Bruggenkate
    Address: VU medical center, De Boelelaan 1117, NL 1081 HV Amsterdam
    E-mail addresses: chr.bruggenkate@vumc.nl

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