2013/2014 VAIC Scholarship Program at Maryland Post Secondary Institutions in USA

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Maryland Higher Education Commission is offering Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship Program US armed forces personnel who served in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts, and their sons, daughters, or spouses. The scholarship is open to the current high school seniors and full-time and part-time students for pursuing undergraduate degree at an eligible accredited Maryland post secondary institution. Applicants must be residents of Maryland and A veteran who served at least 60 days in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts. Applications for 2013/14 academic year will be submitted online till March 1.

Study Subject(s): All undergraduate majors are eligible.
Course Level: This scholarship is open to the students who are current high school seniors and full-time and part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in an eligible accredited Maryland post secondary institution.
Scholarship Provider: Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)
Scholarship can be taken at: USA (Maryland)

Eligibility: Uniformed Services Members of the United States who served in Afghanistan, or contiguous air space as defined in federal regulations, on or after October 24, 2001, and before a terminal date to be prescribed by the United States Secretary of Defense; or in Iraq, or contiguous waters or air space as defined in federal regulations, on or after March 19, 2003, and before a terminal date to be prescribed by the United States Secretary of Defense, may apply for a scholarship if they are:
-A veteran who served at least 60 days in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts, as defined above;
-An active duty member of the Armed Forces who served at least 60 days in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts, as defined above;
-A member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States or the Maryland National Guard who was activated as a result of the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts and served at least 60 days, as defined above; or
-a son, daughter, or spouse of: a veteran or active duty member of the Armed Forces who is serving or has served in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts at least 60 days, or a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces or Maryland National Guard who was activated as a result of the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts and served at least 60 days, as defined above.
-Applicants must be residents of Maryland, must be accepted for admission or enrolled in a regular undergraduate program at an eligible Maryland institution, or be accepted for admission or enrolled in a 2-year terminal certificate program in which the course work is acceptable for transfer credit for an accredited baccalaureate program at an eligible Maryland institution.  Students must be enrolled as either a full-time (12+ credits per semester) or part-time (6-11 credits per semester) undergraduate student.
Note: Residents of Maryland include active members of the United States Armed Forces, their spouses and their dependent children who are stationed in the State of Maryland or whose home of residency is Maryland.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Residents of Maryland can apply for the scholarship.

Scholarship Description: The Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance to United States armed forces personnel who served in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts, and their sons, daughters, or spouses who are current high school seniors, and full-time and part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in an eligible accredited Maryland post secondary institution. Scholarships awarded under this program shall supplement any federal education benefits for which a recipient qualifies as a result of an individual’s military service or status as a dependent of a member of the armed forces or of a veteran of the armed forces. The funds may be used at any eligible Maryland institution to pay for educational expenses including tuition and mandatory fees, and room and board.

What does it cover? The award amount is 50% of the annual tuition and mandatory fees and room & board of a resident undergraduate at the four-year public institution of higher education within the University System of Maryland, other than the University of Maryland University College and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, with the highest annual expenses for a full-time resident undergraduate. The award amount may not exceed $10,280

How to Apply: Applicants for the scholarship must submit the Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship application, by March 1, online with all required documentation, which includes:
-A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filed by March 1 each year;
-If a son or daughter of a veteran, a birth certificate showing the names of both parents;
-If a spouse of a veteran, a marriage certificate; Documentation of military orders:
-United States Armed Forces – Active Duty: copy of current official military orders: documentation of service in Afghanistan/Iraq
-United States Armed Forces – Veteran: copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214)
-United States Armed Forces – Reserve Component: copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214)
-Maryland National Guard: copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214)
Note:  DD214 form must include dates served and where served (Afghanistan/Iraq or contiguous waters or air space).  If information is not on DD214, other official documentation must be provided with dates and places as listed above.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Applicants for the scholarship must submit the Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts scholarship application, by March 1.

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