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New Veterans Scholarship at Hamline


Hamline is pleased to announce a scholarship available to veterans interested in one of Hamline’s online or hybrid graduate programs. The Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota (DAVMN) Foundation established this endowed scholarship to help reinforce the university’s efforts in supporting veterans and active service members while raising community awareness about the foundation’s mission and the veterans they support.

“This is the first scholarship the DAVMN has established so this is definitely a great start for us,” Stephen Whitehead, DAVMN’s adjutant and foundation executive director, said. “We aim to provide this kind of support for veterans long into the future. That’s important to us.”

President Fayneese Miller hosted Whitehead along with the DAVMN’s Dave Wentzel, foundation assistant director, and foundation board member Rob Hartley ‘93 JD ’96 at the official signing of the Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota Endowed Scholarship Fund agreement on Thursday, October 29, 2015.

“Hamline is committed to student veterans and this scholarship will go a long way to ensuring that they have the financial support they need to further their education. We are so grateful to the DAVMN for this generous gift,” President Fayneese Miller said. “The university is proud of the myriad ways we currently support our student veterans and that Hamline has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a Best College for Veterans, but we can do even more. We will continue to look for partnerships, like the one with the DAVMN, that make Hamline an all-around exceptional experience for veterans.”

The foundation originally became involved with Hamline through a class project in Professor Peggy Andrews' Foundations of Management class which requires students to plan, support, and implement a fundraising activity. On April 26, 2015, the class hosted its 3rd Annual Hamline Cares 5K: Run, Walk, Roll for the Department of Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota raising over $4,000 for the organization.

“Hamline made it easier than expected to be a full-time student again. The staff and professors are all very welcoming and approachable,” Ben Mayer, a current undergraduate who served in the Army for six years and who works in Hamline’s Veterans Support Center, said. “Also, Hamline's staff members in the offices of admission, finance, and disability resources have all of the necessary information needed for a veteran who wishes to start or continue with their higher education.”

The purpose of this new endowed scholarship fund is to assist Hamline in providing scholarships, book expenses, and/or living expenses to one or more graduate students (active service members or honorably discharged veterans) enrolled in an online or online hybrid program of study at Hamline University’s School of Business or School of Education. Students should be in good academic standing and have financial need. The first scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2016.

Examples of current programs meeting the online or online hybrid criteria include the low residency Master in Public Administration, the Master of Arts in Education-Natural Science and Environmental Education, the Master of Arts in Literacy Education, the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, the Master of Arts in English as a Second Language (adult ESL or K-12 licensure concentration), and the Doctorate in Education. These programs were chosen by the Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota because they reflect the organization’s focus on service and commitment to the broader community.