January 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars is pleased to announce the first-ever VFW "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" recipients. In all, 43 veterans were awarded this veterans-only scholarship, of up to $5,000 each, to help cover the cost of school tuition and fees for the 2014 spring semester.
Here is the complete list of recipients:
The VFW "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" program launched last fall with nearly 400 applicants. Both the VFW and Sport Clips Haircuts expect the program to grow as more veterans become aware of it.
Applications are now being accepted for the fall semester; the deadline to apply is April 30. For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit vfw.org/scholarship.
"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 its limits, and this scholarship will help fill the gaps for so many veterans," said VFW National Commander Bill Thien.
Sport Clips provides funding for the program through its annual "Help A Hero" 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 Veterans Day, on Sport Clips’ "Biggest Haircut Day of the Year." Stores donated a dollar from every haircut service to the scholarship program.
"Our scholarship recipients’ post-military career aspirations may vary, but the drive to make our country proud and make a contribution – this time, as civilians – is something they all have in common," says Sport Clips CEO and Founder Gordon Logan, a U.S. Air Force veteran and lifetime member of the VFW. "It’s an honor for Sport Clips to join the VFW in this effort to support our nation’s heroes, and we’re grateful to our franchisees, team members, clients, and others for their contributions to make these scholarships possible."
Sport Clips Haircuts is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas. It was established in 1993 and franchised in 1995 by founder and CEO Gordon Logan. The sports-themed haircutting franchise, which specializes in haircuts for men and boys, is ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 20 "Fastest-Growing Franchises" and in the Top 40 in the "Franchise 500." Sport Clips is the "Official Haircutter" of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises, and was named as one of the "Top Franchises for Veterans" by Franchise Business Review. Our "Help A Hero" program has raised more than $2 million to help deployed and hospitalized U.S. service members call home through the VFW’s Operation Uplink™ and provide scholarships for veterans transitioning to a civilian career. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR drivers Denny Hamlin, Elliott Sadler, and Drew Herring, and partners with numerous NCAA and professional sports teams. To learn more about Sport Clips, visit www.sportclips.com. For information on franchise opportunities, click here and for information on career opportunities, click here.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is a nonprofit veterans’ service organization composed of combat veterans and eligible military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the nation’s largest organization of war veterans and its oldest major veterans’ organization. With nearly 2 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in more than 7,000 Posts worldwide, "No One Does More For Veterans." The VFW and its Auxiliaries are dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs worldwide. For more information or to join, visit our website at www.vfw.org.
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