The National Chamber Foundation
(NCF), the public policy think tank affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has contributed $25,000 to Marymount University’s new U.S. Armed Forces Scholarship Program. The NCF contribution is an outgrowth of the Chamber’s Hiring our Heroes
program, an initiative dedicated to helping veterans get back into the workforce after concluding their military service.
Military personnel and veterans are entitled to a variety of educational benefits under the GI Bill, Post-9/11 GI Bill, and Yellow Ribbon Program. However, the total cost of college attendance can exceed the maximum benefits available under these programs. It is this gap that Marymount’s scholarship program is designed to address. Thanks to NCF’s contribution, the University will be able to provide up to eight additional need-based scholarships in fall 2012 to Marymount students who are veterans or active-duty or reserve military personnel.
Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Schmiegel (Ret.), executive director of the U.S. Chamber’s Hiring Our Heroes
program, says, “It is an honor for us to contribute to such a worthwhile program. Marymount is proving to be one of the most military-friendly universities in the country, and we hope this inspires others to help military students who need financial assistance.” He adds, “Our mission with Hiring Our Heroes is to improve the lives of veterans and their families every day, and it is clear that Marymount is equally dedicated to helping the men and women who defend our freedom.”
Marymount is proud to be listed as a Military-Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine. This distinction reflects the array of programs and services that the University offers its military students. Marymount participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, providing up to 75 $2,000 scholarships each year. The University has a staff member assigned to provide one-on-one assistance to service members, veterans, and military dependents – helping them navigate the complex process of securing all the educational benefits to which they are entitled. And, each Veterans Day, Marymount holds a special luncheon to celebrate those members of the campus community – students, faculty, and staff – who are service people and veterans.
Marymount hopes that the NCF contribution will be the first of many to support scholarships for its military students. The University aims to establish a sizeable endowment for the Armed Forces Scholarship Program*, so that Marymount will be in an even stronger position to meet the needs of students who serve, or have served, in the military.
Marymount President Dr. Matthew D. Shank notes, “We are so grateful to America’s service members and their families for the sacrifices that they have made for our country. This scholarship program is one more way that our University can be their University – a place focused on thanking them for their service and helping them achieve their goals.”
* Donations to Marymount's U.S. Armed Forces Scholarship Program can be made online.