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David Patch
Jun 30, 2021
In PBA Student Veterans
Deadline to apply: July 8 2359 CT Award of $5,000 per year and can be renewed for 3 years This scholarship is focused on helping Veterans complete higher education, relieve financial hardship and return to the workforce Selection of scholarship recipients is based on academic performance, leadership in community & school activities, as well as the completion of 2 essays Academic transcript, Financial Aid award letter/FAFSA, DD-214 required https://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/wellsfargoveterans/
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David Patch
Jun 30, 2021
In PBA Student Veterans
Syracuse University is a GREAT school for Veterans. They have tons of resources and programs that set them apart from other schools. Most of Syracuse's programs are focused towards allowing Veterans to network and explore business opportunities, gain skills and landing employment in the business world. A lot of the programs are free or covered by the GI Bill. I have a friend who is currently taking advantage of Syracuse's Onward to Opportunity Program (O2O). He started taking computer security/IT classes online a few months ago and will be certified by the end of the summer. He had zero experience with cyber security going into this program. It was completely free for him, didn't touch his GI Bill at all. I believe all he provided was his DD-214. Check out their programs: https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/apply/our-programs/
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David Patch
May 07, 2021
In PBA Student Veterans
Service to School was introduced to me while I was attending Warrior-Scholar Project at Cornell. They offer resources and guidance for undergrad, MBA, Law School, and I think they're starting to tap into Medical School. Service to School is something you want to sign up for BEFORE you apply to undergraduate or graduate programs. S2S will ask you a few questions about your education plans, the degree you're going for, where you plan on applying, etc. Then they'll pair you with an ambassador. This ambassador is a military veteran who has most likely completed your desired education route. They will serve as your personal mentor, help guide you through the application process, and should be able to answer any questions you have. Every ambassador I've worked with has been awesome. Not to mention, it's all volunteer work. I definitely plan on giving back to Service to School and volunteering as an ambassador someday. The military, especially the Corps, can be a small world. Don't be surprised if you see some familiar faces here: https://service2school.org/about-us/our-ambassadors/ Service to School is also partnered with elite institutions through their program called VetLink. VetLink allows you to attach an addendum to your school application. This addendum will highlight your military service, awards, schools/training, and give you an opportunity to express your thoughts on your military service and why you want to transition into the school you're applying to. Below are the Service to School VetLink partner programs. Even if you're applying to a program not on this list, S2S will help you get accepted: TL;DR...sign up for S2S before you apply to school, they'll help you get into your dream institution.
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David Patch
May 04, 2021
In PBA Student Veterans
This is my favorite resource for those looking to get back in the classroom during or after their military service. I am WSP Alumni and have been trying to spread awareness about Warrior-Scholar Project since participating. I've been an Alumni Ambassador for Warrior-Scholar Project for about a year now and can put you in touch with the right people if you're interested. Warrior-Scholar Project is a non-profit organization that aims to help servicemembers successfully transition back into the classroom. It was founded at Yale University in 2011 and currently hosts one and two-week college prep courses for enlisted veterans (and active duty). Choose from a Humanities course, a STEM course, or a Business/Entrepreneurship course. WSP refreshes students on analytical reading, study skills, writing strategies, and more. The best part? You are boots-on-the-ground, ON CAMPUS for these courses. You have the opportunity to personally connect with professors, admissions office directors, deans, and other faculty. Current partner institutions include: Yale Harvard MIT Princeton UPenn Cornell Columbia UChicago Georgetown USC Michigan Texas A&M UNC Chapel Hill Arizona Notre Dame Pomona College Syracuse Amherst College UC Irvine Williams College CalTech My experience: I went through WSP's Humanities course at Cornell 2019. I had an awesome experience. My only expense was my travel, but WSP can work with you if needed. I flew into Ithaca, New York and got over to Cornell to be greeted by the course's 3 WSP Fellows who took care of our every need. They were current student veterans at Columbia, Michigan, and UC Berkeley and were spending the summer helping WSP hosts these courses. My class consisted of about 13 veterans and active duty guys. All branches and ranks represented, E-2 to E-9. Throughout the week, we stayed in student housing, ate at the dining hall, had access to the gym, etc. We got an official tour of campus and had the freedom to roam as we pleased. Each day, a Cornell professor taught us a seminar and we'd have valuable chat time afterwards. A couple even grabbed lunch with us. The second half of the day consisted of writing workshops from 2 Cornell English professors. We'd wrap up the day talking about transitioning back to civilian life, dealing with the VA, other educational resources, and how to adjust to being a veteran on campus. Our week concluded with a semi-formal banquet dinner with professors, deans, Cornell student veterans, and others we had met that week. My WSP class and others went out in downtown Ithaca after dinner. I met a lot of great people that week that I continue to keep in touch with today. Not to mention the skills I learned to make me a better student in higher education. Below are the dates for Warrior-Scholar Project 2021. COVID has forced some WSP courses to shift to an online format. However, the networking and skill learning opportunities are still present via virtual. Please feel free to hit me up with any questions.
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David Patch
Apr 21, 2021
In PBA Student Veterans
What’s up everyone, my name is David and I’m a strong advocate for veterans pursuing their education after service. Whatever brought you to PB Abbate, it was probably in search of more, and if you’re a student veteran, this club is here to provide it to you. The PBA Student Veterans Club will serve as a place to share education resources and connect student veterans to others at their institutions, in their area, and across the nation.
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