KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Veterans of Foreign Wars has announced 93 veterans who have been awarded VFW "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarships" this fall, totaling more than $380,000.
The scholarships are awarded twice throughout the year exclusively to veterans and help cover the cost of tuition and fees. Recipients are encouraged to reapply as they continue their educations.
Among this year's recipients is Joseph W. Bacorn, of South Williamsport, attending Penn State University.
"The VFW is here to support our veterans as they transition to civilian life, and we know education is a crucial element to ensuring they succeed. The GI Bill is fantastic, but it has limitations, and this scholarship will help fill the gaps for so many veterans," said John Stroud, VFW national commander.
The VFW "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" program launched last year and has awarded more half a million dollars in scholarship funds to veterans.
These scholarships lessen the financial burden associated with meeting post-secondary educational goals. Sport Clips, the nation's leading men's and boys' hair care franchise, provides funding for the program through its annual "Help A Hero" fundraising campaign. In 2013, more than 1,000 Sport Clips locations across the nation raised more than $500,000 to benefit the program. Donations were collected in stores and at local fundraising events in the fall with efforts culminating on Veterans Day, Sport Clips' "Biggest Haircut Day of the Year." Stores donated $1 from every haircut service to the scholarship program. This year's Help A Hero campaign will launch on Oct. 13.
Applications are now being accepted for the spring; the deadline to apply is Nov. 15.
For more information, visit vfw.org/scholarship.