Veterans Groups Give Students a Hand with Scholarships

After their military service, many veterans in Ventura County continue to serve their communities well.

A good example is the scholarship programs many veteran organizations offer to high school and college students pursuing higher education who need financial assistance.

These are a few veteran organizations that provide such grants and assistance.

  • The Vietnam Veterans of Ventura County’s scholarship program is named after James M. Ray. The James M. Ray scholarship program provides two Ventura County high school seniors awards for $2,000 and $1,000.
  • The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) scholarship programs are called The Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen and are offered to local middle and high school students. The Voice of Democracy program provides students in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to submit an essay on democratic ideas and principles.
  • The Military Officers of America Association (MOAA) Scholarship Fund offers interest-free loans, grants and scholarships for students seeking undergraduate degrees. The program is open to any child or dependent of a veteran.
  • The American Legion’s program is called the Legacy Scholarship and is offered to children of fallen post 9/11 service members and post 9/11 service members rated with a VA-rated disability of 50 percent or higher.
  • The last program is funded by taxpayers. The CalVet College Fee Waiver program is available for veteran dependents.

To learn more about any of these scholarship programs, read the full VC Star article from March 5, 2017 here.