In December 2021, Ohio University announcement new scholarships for veterans would make their way for the 2022-2023 school year. Two $2,500 scholarships, issued by the Center for Military and Veteran Student Services and Fiserv, will accept applications by Tuesday.
Fiserv has worked with OU for a long time providing scholarships for veteran students and supporting the military department on campus. It even has a number of OU alumni on staff. Fiserv has also made appearances at career fairs, helping students start thinking about future careers in business and technology.
Terry St. Peter, director of the Center for Veteran and Military Student Services, said the scholarships are for students who meet the following criteria: students currently enrolled or accepted for admission to the College of Business or Russ College of Engineering and Technology and students who are veterans, active duty, currently serving in the National Guard or Reserves and/or military-affiliated dependents or spouses of the above. Donors of these scholarships also prefer junior and senior rank students.
St. Peter said Fiserv is committed to supporting UO-affiliated veterans and students in tangible ways, like these scholarships. This helps ease the financial burden on students and puts the focus on academics, St. Peter said.
“This allows our military-affiliated students to continue their college education now that they have completed their military service in our country,” St. Peter said.
Meg Hendricks, military veteran and head of military and veterans affairs at Fiserv, believes it’s important to support those involved in the military because it’s not only the right thing to do, but it’s also the right thing to do. is also good for business.
“Many service members choose to continue their education after leaving the military,” Hendricks said in an email. “We therefore see it as a logical next step to engage with student veterans to further their professional goals, potentially as an employer or providing resources that will help these veterans start their own businesses.”
Additionally, this scholarship provides students with the opportunity to be exposed to full-time career and internship opportunities at Fiserv. Hendricks said Fiserv provides students with access to resources and subject matter experts who are military-related and ready to help students.
“To ensure each student’s success, it’s important to us to provide ongoing support whether the student ends up working for Fiserv or one of our partners,” Hendricks said in an email.
Some students, like Trevor Ashworth, a senior aviation management and National Guard service student, believe these scholarships prove beneficial to current military students and may even encourage other military students to attend the OR in the future.
“I know a lot of military students could definitely use this help,” Ashworth said. “And I think that shows that the OU is also supporting military students by giving us this new scholarship.”
If a student meets the criteria and wishes to apply, they can do so at https://webapps.ohio.edu/scholarships or on their OHIO Student Center under “Student Services Links”. Applicants for this scholarship may receive additional communication from the scholarship committee with an early application.
“It’s a big business. It’s a really good deal,” St. Peter said. “(Scholarships can) pursue academic pursuits, but also potentially open doors to a career.”