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UM-Flint announces new full-ride scholarship for local veterans

Students walk around the University of Michigan- Flint campus on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 in Flint. (Sara Faraj |

Flint-area veterans pursuing a bachelor’s degree can now get a full-ride scholarship to University of Michigan-Flint, the university announced Monday, March 9.

The Valiant Veterans Scholarship will cover the costs of up to four consecutive academic years of tuition and mandatory fees at the in-state rate or until degree completion, according to a University of Michigan – Flint news release.

“Making a UM-Flint education accessible to anyone is a top priority for us,” said Kristi N. Hottenstein, UM-Flint Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management. “The chance to reward and recognize our local veterans for service to our country, and provide a path to earn a Michigan degree, is a win-win situation.”

The scholarship is available for fall, winter, spring and summer semesters, though courses must be applicable to the student’s program of study, the release states. The number of scholarships offered each year will depend on available funding and the number of qualified applicants.

Scholarship recipients are required to fulfill at least one “engagement activity” on campus, which includes serving as a guest lecturer, mentor or participating in a recruitment event.

Veterans interested in a college degree should discuss using tuition assistance with an education services officer before deciding where and when to enroll, program Manager in the Student Veterans Resource Center Helen Budd said in the release.

“The University of Michigan-Flint is consistently recognized as one of the most veteran-friendly institutions in our region,” Budd said. “Whether through a scholarship program like Valiant Veterans or benefits like the GI Bill, we want to make sure that any eligible veteran is able to attend UM-Flint regardless of financial situation.”

Eligible applicants must be a newly-admitted undergraduate student who were honorably discharged or received a general discharge under honorable conditions from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard or their reserve component.

The scholarship is also open to a member in good standing in the Michigan Army or Air National Guard.

Applicants wishing to pursue this scholarship must submit a University of Michigan-Flint Valiant Veterans Scholarship application to the Office of Financial Aid.


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