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Scholarship to Help Military Wives Enter Health Fields
Scholarship to Help Military Wives Enter Health Fields

The Military Times, by Karen Jowers

Military wives have until June 1 to apply for scholarships for certain vocational training programs in the medical field, through the Saban Military Wife Educational Scholarship program.

Twenty-two scholarships totaling $237,500 will be awarded July 15 as follows:

• Two $30,000 scholarships for tuition in vocational nursing programs.

• Fifteen $8,500 scholarships and five $10,000 scholarships for tuition for vocational training in one of the following fields: dental assistant, medical assistant, medical billing and coding specialist, medical insurance technician, patient care assistant/technician, nurse assistant training program, or medical transcription.

Wives can apply for the scholarships through the nonprofit Operation Homefront, which manages the program. The Women’s Self Worth Foundation provides the funding for the scholarships, as well as the funding for Operation Homefront to administer the program.

“We’re proud to support these scholarships, which will give these military wives an extraordinary opportunity to better themselves, improve their families’ circumstances, and take a more active role in their communities,” Cheryl Saban, founder of the Women’s Self Worth Foundation, said in a statement announcing the scholarships.

To be eligible, applicants must be wives of military members serving on active duty. For these scholarships, that also includes wives of National Guard or Reserve members who have served at least 180 cumulative days of full-time military duty since January 1, 2009.

The applicant must be accepted by a vocational school in one of the required fields, or expect to be accepted, and must be able to begin using the funds within 12 months of the scholarship award date, and use them completely within 48 months.

Applicants must also be active volunteers in their communities. Before final selection, applicants will be required to provide written proof of current volunteer work and hours. To maintain eligibility for the scholarship, wives must continue to attend school as well as continue their volunteer work — at least 12 hours of community service each year.

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