In response to the sequester cuts, Park University in Parkville is supporting the men and women fighting for their country by offering emergency military scholarships. (Photo courtesy: Park University)
Nearly 8,000 students at Park University's campuses across the country are service men and women fulfill their dreams of a higher education while serving their country. (Photo courtesy: Park University)
Park University officials say they will provide these scholarships as long as they can afford it, but they are asking for help. (Photo courtesy: Park University)
PARKVILLE, MO (KCTV) -
Many people have been caught in the middle of the federal government's sequester, including men and women serving in the military whose tuition funds have been cut.
But one Missouri university is stepping in to help.
Park University in Parkville has created emergency military scholarships to help qualified active duty military members continue their higher education.
It gives full tuition students who cannot receive GI Bill benefits, Pell grants or federal loans.
The military announced that it would no longer accept applications for its tuition assistance program, which gives soldiers as much as 4,500 each year to take courses toward diplomas.
More than 200,000 soldiers used the program last year at the cost of $373 million to the government.
That announcement would have a huge impact on students at Park University, which is home to 21,000 students at its campuses across the country - 62 percent of which are service men and women.
Ashley Carpenter is in her first year at Park University. A couple weeks ago, federal budget cuts nearly had her dropping out.
The military announced it would no longer accept applications for their tuition assistance program which pays for active duty soldiers to take courses.
Student Tabbathia Rosenburg also relies on the funds and says the cuts are a real blow to her and other military serving overseas.
"It's really hard. Especially coming back from Afghanistan, that is what I looked forward to. That is all I thought about in Afghanistan was coming back and going to school," Rosenburg said.
However, Park University is stepping up, granting qualified active duty personnel to continue their higher education. It has created an emergency military scholarship which covers costs of classes.
"Park University wants to be that school that serves those who serve their community and country with a globally relevant education for life, and so we're going to continue to step up even when other schools don't," said Stephan Terry, director of military and veteran student services at Park University.
Nearly 8,000 students at Park University's campuses across the country are service men and women fulfill their dreams of a higher education while serving their country.
"Park University has helped out myself and veterans across the board. Ever since I came here, they have done nothing but provide for veterans and make sure that we're taken care of," student Chase Knight said.
But without the scholarship their dreams of higher education wouldn't be possible.
"I don't know what I would have done," Carpenter said.
Park University officials say they will provide these scholarships as long as they can afford it, but they are asking for your help.
You can support these students by donating to the Emergency Military Scholarship fund. Click here to find out more.
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