Veterans Alumni chapter offers scholarship for veteran students
The Graduate Veterans of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will have a scholarship awarded to veterans for the Spring 2017 semester.
Along with receiving Veterans Affairs benefits, the UL Lafayette Office of Scholarships will be administering a scholarship for veterans. Named, “Ragin’ Cajun Veterans Alumni Chapter (RCVAC) Scholarship,” the scholarship marks the first time the university has awarded the scholarship.
According to Jeremy Meyers, chapter president of Ragin’ Cajun Veterans Alumni Chapter, the scholarships for students “are funded by member donations.”
Asked why the scholarship will be awarded for the 2017 Spring semester,
“This is the first semester we have raised the funds,” he said. “Since this is the first time the university will be awarding this scholarship, only one scholarship will be awarded for the 2017 spring semester.”
Although one scholarship will be awarded at this time, funding will be a deciding factor on whether the Ragin’ Cajun Veterans Alumni Chapter will award more than one scholarship for future students.
Students considered for the scholarship must be current full-time juniors or seniors who have honorably separated from any military branch. Additionally, students must have a 2.5 GPA.
“It is available to both undergrads and grads,” said Sammi Conner, director of veteran services and school certifying official for VA benefits.
Meyers said the founding members of the Ragin’ Cajun Veterans Alumni Chapter “unanimously agreed” supporting Veteran Students was a high priority.
“The student scholarships are one way that we are doing that,” he said.
The alumni chapter at UL Lafayette was recently formed, and the chapter is open to any UL Lafayette graduate. The organization is a division of the UL Lafayette Alumni Association.
According to Meyers, the Ragin’ Cajun Veterans Alumni Chapter is setting aside funds to form an endowed scholarship.
“We are also looking to start a mentoring program,” Meyers said, “which will pair veteran students with veterans who are already professionals in their field of study.”
Applications for the scholarship can be turned in to Sammi Conner at the UL Lafayette Office of Veteran Services in Foster Hall or Ryan Gonzales at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment in the French House.
Applications can also be emailed to Keith Thibodeaux at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications for the scholarship is Dec. 1. Applicants must submit a completed application along with a current transcript and a copy of DD-214. Anyone with questions about the Ragin’ Cajun Veterans Alumni Chapter Scholarship can contact Keith Thibodeaux at (681) 409-0086.