At the College of Continuing and Professional Education, supporting our military is a priority. One of the ways we do that is through financial aid options for veterans and their spouses.
An extension of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Fry Scholarship is now available for spouses as well as children of service members who died in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001.
The scholarship was named in honor of 28-year-old Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry, of Lorena, Texas. Sergeant Fry had one week left in his tour in Iraq in 2006 when he volunteered to continue working for seven more hours disarming explosive devices, despite having already sustained an injury to his hand. He made the ultimate sacrifice on March 8, 2006, in Anbar province, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated. He left behind a widow and three children.
“We are so glad this scholarship has been extended to include spouses,” said Nora Felde, our dedicated military liaison who works with service members and their families on financial aid, education opportunities and more.
“We have been honored to work with many veterans over the years, as students, staff and instructors,” she said. “We love our military, and we know military families serve, too. Financial aid options like the Fry Scholarship and MyCAA recognize that service.”
- 36 months of full benefits, equal to 100% level of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
- Training must start on or after Jan. 1, 2015.
- A spouse has 15 years from the date of the service member’s death to use benefits.
The VA began accepting spouse applications for this scholarship Nov. 3.
All certificate programs approved for VA Education Benefits are also eligible for the Fry Scholarship. For a complete list of programs, call Nora at 470-578-3152. To download the application form or for more information, visit the VA website.