[r20] Rep. Dermody honors commitment to veterans and supports children's education opportunities (4/21/2011)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Start Date: 4/21/2011 All Day
End Date: 4/21/2011

Rep. Dermody honors commitment to veterans and supports children's education opportunities

STATEHOUSE - A bill sponsored by State Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) dealing with Higher Education Award scholarships and scholarships for children of disabled veterans was approved in the House on Thursday.

Senate Bill 577 requires the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) to maintain records of students attending a college or university under a Higher Education Award. It also requires the postsecondary institutions to provide the CHE with student data requested by the CHE necessary to maintain the provisions of the Higher Education Award.

"Every day those that serve our nation, in addition to their families, sacrifice a tremendous amount," said Rep. Dermody. "We want to ensure the children of disabled veterans are able to continue receiving benefits for their education. I respect their unyielding service and our laws need to do that, as well.

"The 21st Century Scholars Program is meant to assist truly poor families. Last year the program spent 30 percent of its funds, $14 million, on families with no financial need.  We have to take the responsibility to make tough, fiscally responsible decisions. I am happy to protect the program and help solve this problem. We have received a lot of support from large veteran's organizations across the state."

The bill also adds requirements for scholarships for children of disabled veterans. Under SB 577, the disabled veteran must have been an Indiana resident at the time of their enlistment for their child to be eligible for the financial aid. The award recipient must also maintain a GPA of 2.5 or greater during their postsecondary education and may continue to receive the award until they are 32 years old.

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