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Need an Additional 9 Months of Post 9/11 GI Bill?

The benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill are well known to Veterans and their families. We recently posted a blog about the under used Yellow Ribbon Program. The program can help students cover the extra costs at some of the more expensive learning institutions. Did you know that there is also a program that can provide an individual with an extra 9 months of additional Post-9/11 benefits (to a maximum of $30,000) to Veterans and Fry Scholars who are seeking an undergraduate STEM degree or who have earned a STEM degree and are seeking a teaching certification.

To be eligible, you need to meet all of the requirements listed below for your situation.

If you’re currently enrolled in an undergraduate STEM degree or qualifying dual-degree program

You must meet the following requirements:

  • Are enrolled in a qualifying undergraduate STEM degree program that requires at least 120 standard semester credit hours (or 180 quarter credit hours) to complete, and

  • Have completed at least 60 standard credit hours (or 90 quarter credit hours) toward your degree, and

  • Have 6 months or less of your Post-9/11 GI Bill (or Fry Scholarship) benefits left. To find out how much of your benefits you have left, check your Post-9/11 GI Bill Statement of Benefits.

Note: You can’t use the STEM scholarship for graduate degree programs at this time.

If you’re enrolled in a covered clinical training program for health care professionals

You must meet the following requirements:

  • Have earned a qualifying degree in a STEM field, and

  • Have been accepted or are enrolled in a covered clinical training program for health care professionals, and

  • Have 6 months or less of your Post-9/11 GI Bill (or Fry Scholarship) benefits left. To find out how much of your benefits you have left, check your Post-9/11 GI Bill Statement of Benefits.

If you’re working toward a teaching certification

You must meet the following requirements:

  • Have earned a qualifying post-secondary degree in a STEM field, and

  • Have been accepted or are enrolled in a teaching certification program, and

  • Have 6 months or less of your Post-9/11 GI Bill (or Fry Scholarship) benefits left. To find out how much of your benefits you have left, check your Post-9/11 GI Bill Statement of Benefits.

How scholarships are prioritized

If you meet the above criteria, they can’t guarantee that you’ll receive the Rogers STEM scholarship.

Priority goes to Veterans and Fry Scholars who:

  • Are eligible for the maximum Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit (100% level), and

  • Require the most credit hours compared to other applicants

Which degree programs can I use this scholarship for?

You can use this scholarship for undergraduate degree programs in these subject areas:

  • Agriculture science or natural resources science

  • Biological or biomedical science

  • Computer and information science and support services

  • Engineering, engineering technologies, or an engineering-related field

  • Health care or a health-care-related field

  • Mathematics or statistics

  • Medical residency (undergraduate only)

  • Physical science

  • Science technologies or technicians

Full eligibility requirements can be found here:

https://www.va.gov/education/other-va-education-benefits/stem-scholarship/


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