For veterans, those in the service or children of those who have been enlisted, paying for McDaniel College just got easier.
This weekend, the college announced a new Military Legacy Scholarship worth up to $100,000 over four years for all military veterans, active-duty military personnel and their children.
The scholarship is among the largest offered at McDaniel, according to a news release from the college, and while because of that, no other scholarships will be added on top of it, a student is still eligible for need-based assistance.
Janelle Holmboe, vice president of enrollment management at McDaniel, said this scholarship is in recognition of service provided.
“McDaniel has been recognized as a military friendly school,” she said, but they noticed there was a gap between students who were able to use the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program and those who weren’t.
McDaniel wanted to be able to provide financial help to students, she said, and this scholarship would cover more than 50 percent of the tuition.
“It certainly does contribute to the overall cost,” Holmboe said.
The scholarship is worth $25,000 per year — or $20,000 per year for commuter students — and is renewable for students who maintain continuous enrollment and “satisfactory academic progress,” according to a news release from the college.
According to the release, McDaniel also participates in the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program, which covers up to the cost of full tuition. Because of this, any veteran or child of a veteran who is not eligible for or has exhausted their Yellow Ribbon benefits can be considered for McDaniel’s new Military Legacy Scholarship.
Holmboe said interested students would apply to McDaniel like any other potential student. With that, they would also submit an eligibility form.
Shannon Robbins, a 2016 McDaniel College graduate who served active duty in the Army with deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan before joining the Army Reserve, said she thinks this type of scholarship would be really great for students.
Robbins, who now works at the Pentagon, used the GI bill to attend McDaniel, but said for some, and for children of veterans, this type of scholarship is a great option. And, she said, it’s rare to see a scholarship amount that high.
“This is a really great option McDaniel now has to offer students,” she added.
Robbins said the entire time she and her husband, who also served, felt fully supported when they were at McDaniel from both the school and town community.
And while she herself was unable to use the scholarship, she said she has already talked about it with military friends who have children.
“I’m just excited about this scholarship,” she said.
Holmboe said this scholarship will start fall 2019, and students have until May 1 to submit. But, she said, there are 19 students on campus who would be admitted, and there are already nearly 70 students have applied.
“We’re seeing a good deal of interest,” she said, later adding, “What we’re looking to do with these legacy scholarships to really acknowledge the members of our community who are contributing in ways that might now always get widely recognized.”