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Scholarship program available to Air Force base personnel

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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While much is expected of service members, they do have time in their rigorous schedules for pursuits unrelated to their military career. Personnel who work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio now have an opportunity to receive help pursuing a graduate degree through Wright State University, according to a news release from the Ohio-based school.

Wright State's Graduate School recently announced the creation of its new $750,000 scholarship. Beyond the personnel and civilian workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, spouses and dependent children of these individuals are also eligible to receive financial assistance. Those who are deemed eligible will receive up to $2,500 per semester.

The creation of this scholarship program is expected to have a positive impact on both the base and the surrounding area, as it will mean opportunities for personal and professional enrichment.

"This innovative program led by Wright State will help both civilian employees and service members at WPAFB achieve their dream of earning a graduate degree," said Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, in a statement. "This will help strengthen the workforce at Wright-Patterson and in the local community."

The scholarship program allows recipients to receive help paying for their studies in any one of Wright State's advanced degree programs. Master's degrees in a variety of topics are available, including accountancy, computer science, education, mathematics and social work.

Those who receive a scholarship can also combine the financial assistance they receive from the university with their military benefits. This is good news for personnel who can take advantage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which provides up to 36 months of education benefits to Airmen deemed eligible, according to the U.S. Air Force Web site. After individuals separate from service, these benefits are available for 15 years.

By Monique Smith

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