Liberty University offers Heroes Fund Scholarship

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  1. raristud2

    raristud2 New Member

    "Through its Heroes Fund Scholarship, Liberty University has awarded $37,968 within the past year to U.S. military service members and veterans who were wounded in the Gulf Wars, as well as to spouses of soldiers who were killed in action during these conflicts. This includes men and women who served in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Introduced in the fall of 2006, the Heroes Fund Scholarship is made possible through Liberty’s partnership with a vast number of generous outside donors. Awards provide students an amount to cover all remaining tuition and fees once financial aid, military aid and Veteran Affairs benefits have been deducted from the total cost.

    For more information or to apply for the Heroes Fund Scholarship, please contact " ( Contact info available at the bottom of the web page ).

    http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=13208&NewsID=201
     
  2. tiffeny

    tiffeny New Member

    I didn’t finish High School or receive my G.E.D. I’m now in an accredited school working on my high school diploma. I need information on Adult Continuing education. I have always wanted to become a teacher, I have been teaching ESL students for almost 4 yrs now. I have read up on all forms of educational books, curriculum. I want to know what kind of programs are out their like scholarships or grants. Please help me.
     
  3. dave042

    dave042 New Member

    financial assistance

    Tiffeny-

    If you need financial aid, join the military service. The Army does not require you to have a high school diploma or GED. Depending on your basic training and advanced individual training, you could earn up to 39 college credits. This is not including foreign language college credit (up to 17 credits) you can receive if you already know a foreign language or learn through DLI.

    When you finish all your training, you will be able to deploy and get real hands-on experience. You can then get up to $4000 for free through their tuition assistance (TA) each year. When you finish your enlistment contract, you can then use the NEW GI BILL (est value $80k) and Toops-To-Teachers program (est value $10k) to become a teacher. As an enlisted soldier, you won't have many expenses so you could save alot of money.

    If you are injured during your deployments then you will qualify for the scholarship above.
     
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  4. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    I say this as a military veteran, so please don't take this the wrong way: not everyone is cut out for military service. While I believe everyone should serve their country is some form (this is mandatory in many countries), only 30 percent of those who apply are actually qualified to join the military. Even during a time of war, the military won't just take anybody who applies. There are education requirements, a decent score is required on the ASVAB exam, and there are physical requirements, too. Many aren't accepted just on the basis of a background check. Also, you must have the proper mindset to be in the military. If you don't like people telling you what to do, how to do it, and basically letting someone else control your life, you definitely won't like the military. Some people want and need that kind of discipline, but again, it's not for everybody. With that being said, I am proud of the five years I served in the military, and I am a member of the American Legion. If the military looks like a good option for you, by all means go for it, but be aware of the challenges involved.

    There is a drastic shortage of teachers in many communities, and there are programs which offer low-cost loans, or forgive your loans altogether for those who study to become a teacher. The first place to check is your own state department of education. There are DL teacher education programs, but try checking with your local community college first. They are usually dirt cheap for in-state residents and there may be additional aid there for students studying to become teachers.
     
  5. sentinel

    sentinel New Member

    First, congratulations on the decision to return to school and earn a high school diploma.

    As to your interest in teaching Western Governors University offers teacher licensure programmes. Western Governors University is competency-based rather than requiring students take specific courses. "WGU is the only exclusively online teacher education institution in the nation to receive NCATE accreditation." (Western Governors University web site) Review the information about financial aid as well.
     
  6. raristud2

    raristud2 New Member

    Do you have a legitimate question or are you trying to sell your books? I noticed this website in your signature line. I would like to help you. Are you really interested in education grants? Would you like to attend a university or college to earn teacher certification?

    http://www.governmentgrantauthority.com/education-grants/index.php
     

  7. worse advice ever!! I am in the military now (the navy not the army) and I can testify to the fact if you want to go to college than go, join the military because you want to be in the military not because you do not think you can afford school. While you are in the military time passes, and you forget things by the time you get out (if you get out) you have bills maybe a couple of kids and a mortgage. Now it is 4 to 20 years later and even with the government help you still cant afford to go because you have bills. As an enlisted soldier you wont have many expenses so you could save a lot of money, they fail to mention they dont pay you very much. For a fresh single private you make about 18k before taxes. I mean there isnt much to spend your money on in iraq but 18k isnt much. The GIBILL is a great program but it still only pays for 36 months of school, even under the new GIBILL. So when you are get a four year degree, it only pays for three year of it and if you were broke before you are most likely still broke and wont be able to finish that last year. i was lucky enough to be able to get a few degrees while i was in but i am the smallest of minority of service members that are able to do this, so small most people do not even believe me, people in my chain of command have asked for proof on many occasions. i went the route of the big three and I am very glad i did, most people dont even know that they exists. I am working hard to change that fact.
    The military is a good option for people to get money for school but it should not be the reason why you join. Beware of what you are getting yourself into, it is no easy task. Get ready to do things that you would never do, be more tired that you have ever been and have the absolute smallest amount of control over your own life that you have ever experienced. You will test your limits and discover things about yourself you never wanted to know.
    Sorry for the rant but I this is a misconception that needs to be smashed. I see too many kids come in to the military for money for school and once they get in they find out that they have no business there and try like hell to get out, ruining their lives in the mean time.
     
  8. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    This is exactly the point I was trying to make. Military service should not be considered "easy tuition assistance". It is a commitment to serving your country, and a way of life. You are literally putting your life on the line.

    If you want to serve your country, you have my deepest gratitude. However, don't join the military just to take advantage of the benefits. You definitely put in more than you will ever get in return.
     
  9. silversurfer

    silversurfer New Member

    I will say this. for several years I worked with a guy who grew up in the projects in Newark, NJ. He started seeing guys in his building get shot and die as early as age 16. He said only one guy from his building, a rapper, ever made it through without going to prison. His father was, I believe, a washroom attendant in a NYC club- the guy who would give you a towel. He had the wherewithal to graduate from high school, then he joined the navy. He had something like 18 months of crappy jobs- painting and mopping- before they started training him on satellite systems.

    By the time I met him he was maybe about 35 and had been in the naval reserves for at least 10 years. He used the navy to send him to UMD where he got an undergraduate degree at age 30 or so. I knew him when he was finishing up a master's degree in compsci. Sometime in his 20s he convinced his parents to leave the projects and take his brothers and sisters to rural north carolina where you can have a decent living on a no-skills job like retail, rent a modest house with bedrooms for all the kids, and you aren't forced to be a towel boy on wall st living in the projects because you can't make more than $20k.

    He was a smart guy, naturally smart, but he really joined the navy to get ahead- I think he made it to CPO in the reserves- but it was the free tuition reimbursement that he really stayed in the reserves to get.

    He is the example I think about when people talk about military benefits. They help the bottom rung of our society the most, and sometimes those benefits completely change lives. A masters degree!
     
  10. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    While desire to serve should be the first and foremost reason for enlisting, earning a degree is a perfectly valid secondary consideration if you know how to work the system.

    If I knew then what I know now, I would have;

    1) Taken some community college courses before enlisting to go in as an E-3 (almost double the pay of an E-1 back then).

    2) Not blown my paycheck on booze, women, and other assorted foolishness.

    3) Maxed out on CLEP and DANTES (free back then for military) exams.

    4) Taken inexpensive correspondence courses to plug the rest of the holes (free proctoring through the base education officer).

    5) Earned my degree through one of the Big Three.
     
  11. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    Bruce,

    You don't have to earn your degree through the Big Three. You can get a degree from a decent school...with some schools' information. BTW, number 2 is what I see the most in the Military. I did some of it, but was managed to graduate before my four years up. :)
     
  12. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    I was referring to back when it would have applied to me (1980's) when the Big Three were among the few options available.
     
  13. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    Bruce, you have just clarified everything I have ever thought about the military and my education over the past 15 years or so, but especially Number 2!
     
  14. airtorn

    airtorn Moderator Staff Member

    Yep - I came in with about 33 credits. In my first seven years, I finished one class which was the remaining requirement for my CCAF A.A.S. In the next seven years (I hit 14 total over the weekend), I finished up my B.S, a M.A., a second CCAF A.A.S., and a M.P.H (in that order).

    The difference between the first seven and the second seven? Our first kid was born about three weeks prior to my seven year mark. It is amazing what changes that little bundle can bring about.
     

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