GREENVILLE, S.C. – York Technical College is now offering a Veteran Scholarships Forever scholarship, which will serve as another resource for veterans looking to expand their skill base.
The scholarship will be offered through the school’s Corporate & Continuing Education division. York Technical College is the fourth school in South Carolina to offer aid from Veteran Scholarships Forever. It joins Greenville Technical College, Tri County Technical College and Spartanburg Community College.
Veteran Scholarships Forever is set up to provide funding for veterans and their spouses take vocational and skilled trades training programs that can lead to employment, said Ron Demonet, the scholarship program’s managing director.
The program provides funds for veterans, but relies on donations from individuals and businesses to fund the scholarships. People interested donated to the scholarship fund can contact www.scholarshipsforever.org.
Demonet started Veteran Scholarships Forever after learning about the high unemployment rates for veteran post 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.
“We are proud to be able to help veterans in York County get the opportunity they need to better their lives,” Demonet said.
About Veterans Scholarships Forever:
Veterans Scholarships Forever is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the goal to help Veterans transition back to civilian life quickly and successfully. Learn more at http://www.scholarshipsforever.org.