Greenville Technical College to offer veteran scholarships

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Local veterans now have another avenue to further their training and careers at Greenville Technical College.

Veteran Scholarships Forever, a scholarship program we wrote about in July 2014, is set up to provide funding for veterans and their spouses taking vocational and skilled trades training programs that can lead to immediate employment, according to Ron Demonet, the program’s managing director.

“Greenville Tech has helped many veterans over the years find new careers,” Demonet said. “We are excited to help them assist more.”

People interested in applying for the scholarship should contact Greenville Technical College’s Corporate and Career Development Division.

Demonet started Veteran Scholarships Forever after learning about the high unemployment rates for veterans serving after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Although there are government programs like the G.I. Bill, which help veterans get an education, these programs do not cover all types of training.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Veteran Scholarships Forever receives contributions from individuals and organizations. Once donations are received, Veterans Scholarships Forever establishes endowments at evaluated colleges where veterans can apply for these scholarships.

The college then manages the endowment and provides scholarships to veterans with the most need to obtain the skills needed to be qualified for a job placement that will allow veterans to provide for themselves and their families, he said.

Veterans are still eligible for other forms of financials aid, Demonet said.

Veteran Scholarships Forever does not grant scholarships directly, but interested veterans and current spouses can contact the colleges’ financial aid or Veterans Affairs department to inquire about the program.

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