By: Deray Parker
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Starting in the fall at the University of Hawaii, the Yellow Ribbon and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will grant 15 master's degree students at the Mânoa campus up to $5,000 per year.
Eligibility for the grant will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Master's candidates must be 100 percent eligible for the Post-9/11-GI Bill, enrolled in a master's program at UH Mânoa, and maintain satisfactory standing, conduct and attendance in accordance with University standards.
On May 18, 2011, Chancellor Virginia S. Hinshaw approved UH Mânoa's participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program Agreement, which is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008. Effective August 1, 2011, the Post-9/11-GI Bill will pay all tuition and fees for public in-state schools, or up to $17,500 per academic year for a private school.
Because tuition and fees may exceed these amounts if someone is attending a public university such as UH Mânoa as a non-resident, the campus elected to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program to make additional funds available without an additional charge to the GI Bill entitlement.
This procedure will continue for all subsequent academic years of program participation.
Said Vice Chancellor for Students Francisco Hernandez, "We are proud to partner with a program that provides tuition relief to such deserving veterans and services members. This is the beginning of what will be our best effort to provide enhanced services and show our support to those women and men who have served or continue to serve our country."
State Representative K. Mark Takai (District 34, 'Aiea-Pearl City), a 12-year veteran of the Hawai'i Army National Guard, said he is pleased that UH Mânoa has been approved as a Yellow Ribbon Program institution. "This clearly demonstrates the University's commitment to our veteran and military students. I am proud to collaborate with UH Mânoa as it continues to improve access to and success in higher education for our veteran and military service members."