McBride announces Hope For The Warriors Scholarship Program

Nolan County VCSO Robert R. McBride is pleased to announce the Hope For The Warriors Scholarship Program.Hope For The Warriors® Scholarships were created in response to the sacrifices of U.S. military service members in the Global War on Terror and the desire to provide their spouses or caregivers with the opportunity to pursue postsecondary higher education to assist them in maintaining the financial well-being of their families. As such, Hope For The Warriors® Scholarships are open only to legal spouses or caregivers of U.S. military service members who were wounded/injured or killed while in the line of duty between September 11, 2001 and the present.Scholarship awards are $5,000 to be made payable to the scholarship recipient’s institution for payment of tuition, books and supplies and may be reapplied for up to four years for a maximum of $20,000. (The application process is the same for new and past applicants.)Applicant Eligibility/RequirementsAll applicants must submit the following:1. Provide proof that the applicant is a legal spouse or caregiver of a U.S. military service member who was wounded/injured or killed in the line of duty between September 11, 2001 and the present. Please provide one of the following:A. If the service member is still on active duty, retired or KIA, applicant must submit a copy of the front and back of their Military ID.B. If the service member was discharged, applicant must show either DD214 form or retirement order documents with a marriage certificate.*Caregivers who are not spouses must submit a notarized document showing proof of guardianship. Applicants may request assistance in verification from the Scholarship Coordinator by sending an e-mail to Proof of U.S. residency3. Have applied to and/or are currently enrolled in an accredited college or trade school for the current school year, in pursuit of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or vocational program pursuing certification.4. Show proof of satisfactory academic progress: Score of at least 650 on the GED, High School transcript showing a 2.6 overall GPA based on a 4.0 scale or similar rating if within the last 5 years. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted.5. Provide two letters of recommendation - one must be completed by an education or business professional or employer/volunteer coordinator/supervisor. Only letters of recommendation accompanying the application package will be accepted. Each letter must be in a sealed envelope.6. Submit an original typed, double-spaced essay, with no more than 500 words concerning this topic: “Describe how your life has been impacted by the Global War on Terror and how that impact played a role in your pursuit of higher education.”Please include the question at the top of your essay. Please omit your name and other identifiable information.7. Fill out the two-page questionnaire (pages 5 and 6) completely. (Included in the application) (*Applications available at the Nolan County Veterans Service Office*) 8. Provide one of the following documents for proof of injury: 199, PEB, VA Eligibility Letter, Purple Heart Award or Official Letter from Military Chain of Command or VA Care Coordinator.All complete applications must be post-marked no later than Monday, April 2, 2012. For more information contact Robert R. McBride Nolan County VCSO at (325) 235-2214 or come by his office on the second floor of the Nolan County Court House Suite 207A.