SWVCC Veteran Scholarship


Purpose. To announce a $1,000 College Scholarship opportunity for Veterans and other eligible persons.


            General. The SWVCC will award a $1,000 college scholarship to an eligible Veteran (or eligible Veteran spouse/child) during May 2016. This scholarship may be used for tuition, books, classroom supplies, room and board, and other direct fees levied by the educational institution coincident to college enrollment and attendance. The $1,000 will be paid to the college for deposit in the student’s account.

Eligibility. There are three eligibility categories:

  • Veterans with an Honorable Discharge
  • Currently serving Military Reservists and National Guard
  • Spouses and children of military personnel Killed in Action or 100% service disabled

Proof of Eligibility

  • Veterans. DD-214
  • Reserve and National Guard. Proof of current Reserve or National Guard service and obligation.
  • Spouse or child of Veteran. Proof of relationship to deceased or disabled Service-member and proof of combat death or 100% disability.

Educational Verification. Proof of current college attendance or acceptance and proof of beginning classes no later than September 30, 2016 at an accredited college, community college, junior college, or post-high school technical institute.


  • Feb 23, 2016: Scholarship announcement released
  • Apr 20, 2016:    Complete submissions must arrive at SWVCC
  • May 20, 2016: Scholarship winner announced.
  • TBD:            Check delivered to educational institution
  • TBD:            Scholarship presentation to the winner

Scholarship application.
Application form attached. Completed applications with all required documentation must be submitted in a single package by April 20, 2016 to:

Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce
Attn: College Scholarship Selection Committee
3820 W Happy Valley Rd
Ste 141-455
Glendale, AZ 85310

SWVCC Point of Contact. Tom Sheets, tsheets@stonewall-group.com, 623.238.2914

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In-State tuition rates for Veterans who have come off Active Duty within the last three years.

All recent U.S. Military veterans and their families can now receive in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities throughout the country, whether they have lived in the state a short time or entered the military there.

Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 requires VA to disapprove programs of education for payment of benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill-Active Duty at public Institutions of Higher Learning (IHLs) if the school charges qualifying Veterans and dependents tuition and fees in excess of the rate of resident students for terms beginning after July 1 2015.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald pushed back the deadline for public institutions to comply with the in-state tuition provision of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act that Congress passed last August to Jan 1, 2016 but, that deadline has now passed.

The law now requires public institutions that want to continue receiving veteran’s benefits to charge in-state tuition to any veteran or family members of veterans who has come off active duty within the past 3 years regardless of whether they have established residency in that state.

Without the waiver, colleges and universities that were charging recent veterans and their families tuition fees in excess of the in-state tuition rates, would have had their veterans’ educational benefits stopped as of 1 July.

Veterans and their family members have had a hard time meeting residency requirements due to the transient nature of their military lives. Military dependents, especially find these requirements hard to meet through no fault of their own. On the other side of the issue, public colleges and universities complain that this new requirement would shrink their funding and provide no matching federal monies to help cover the costs.

Article provided by Febe Gemlich, EA of Arizona Coastal Consultants

Source URL: http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_residentraterequirements.asp