In addition to existing need-based and merit-based scholarships, Clarke University will offer scholarships to Pell-eligible or financially stressed student veterans in the 2020-21 academic year. This is all possible because of a grant awarded to Clarke by the American Legion on Iowa Foundation, giving the opportunity to give back to those that served by offering scholarships specifically for student veterans. By offering scholarships to Pell-eligible veterans, the American Legion of Iowa directly supports the lifelong academic goals of those who have served our country. These scholarships are supported by a grant from The American Legion of Iowa Foundation.
The American Legion of Iowa Foundation President, David K. Rehbein said, “We are pleased to see our grant award money going towards this worthy cause. We serve in peace as we served in war.”
Clarke President Thom D. Chesney, Ph.D., said, “As the son of a veteran who benefited from the GI Bill decades ago, I am thrilled to see this program provide another avenue of financial support to provide more access and success for student veterans.”
According to the American Legion Department of Iowa’s website, “Incorporated Nov. 29, 1978 as the charitable entity of the Iowa Department of The American Legion, the Foundation was organized as a mechanism for the Legion to provide financial assistance to promote Americanism, youth programs, veterans rehabilitation and community service in the state of Iowa. Since 1979, over $1.4 million has been contributed in support of veterans’ assistance, educational programs, patriotic endeavors and children and youth programs. The American Legion of Iowa Foundation has accumulated a total permanent endowment fund over $2 million. Earnings from this endowment are dedicated to supporting programs of veterans’ assistance, education and patriotic endeavors.”
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