VFW Awards 154 Student Veterans with Scholarships
Together with Sport Clips, the VFW has awarded nearly $8 million in college scholarships
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (January 15, 2020) – The Veterans of Foreign Wars is proud to announce more than 150 student veterans from around the country have been selected as 2020 spring semester recipients of the VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship.”
“Too often I meet veterans whose GI Bill education benefits have been depleted. For more than five years, we’ve worked together with our long-time friends at Sport Clips Haircuts to ensure our veterans are set up for success,” said VFW National Commander William “Doc” Schmitz. “The VFW is proud to offer a scholarship program that keeps them from facing crippling student loan debt as their post-military life begins to take off.”
Since the program’s inception, the VFW and Sport Clips have awarded nearly $8 million in scholarships to more than 1,600 student veterans and service members. This month’s award of more than $723,000 will help ensure 154 student veterans can continue their higher education classes during the spring semester.
“This scholarship provides me with the opportunity to continue to service in addition to it assisting me with alleviating financial strain … without it I wouldn’t have made it this far. I will continue to thank and support VFW for their kindness and generosity,” said LaShonda Hill, a Navy veteran at Northcentral University in San Diego.
Established in 2014, the Help A Hero Scholarship program awards service members and veterans with post-secondary scholarships of up to $5,000 to help them achieve their educational goals without the burden of student loan debt. Scholarships are awarded twice a year to help cover the cost of tuition and fees of service members and veterans in the rank of E-5 and below. Scholarship applications are currently being accepted for the 2020 fall semester. Apply for a Help A Hero scholarship today.
About Sport Clips Haircuts: Sport Clips Haircuts is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas. It was established in 1993 and began franchising in 1995. The sports-themed haircutting franchise, which specializes in haircuts for men and boys, is ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the “Fastest-Growing Franchises” and in the top 10 in its “Franchise 500.” There are over 1,800 Sport Clips stores open in the U.S. and Canada. Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises, and was named a “2018 Best for Vets: Franchises” by Military Times. Sport Clips provides “Haircuts with Heart” through its annual Help A Hero fundraiser that with this year’s gift has contributed $7.5 million to the VFW; national partnership with St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants; and other national and local philanthropic outreach. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR drivers Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin, Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Indy Car driver Sebastien Bourdais, and partners with numerous NCAA and professional sports teams. To learn more about Sport Clips, visit sportclips.com.
About the VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation’s largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally-chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With more than 1.6 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in over 6,000 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at vfw.org.