STAMFORD, Conn., Nov. 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Not-for-profit SoldierSocks announced today that it has awarded scholarships to US Navy Petty Officer Michael Thompson, Purple Heart Recipient and Airman First Class Josh Collins and First Lieutenant Jesse Campion, all veterans who have served in the war on terror and wish to continue or further their education now that their tour is over.
SoldierSocks offers scholarships through their Veteran's Education Foundation, which goes to the trade school, college or university of the veteran's choice. Scholarships are also offered through an endowment at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Currently, the Post-9/11 GI Bill will provide veterans with up to $19,077 per year to be used at colleges, universities, trade schools, apprenticeships, on-the-job training and flight schools for up to 36 months. The scholarships will help fill in tuition gaps that are not covered by the GI bill.
"We are excited to award scholarships to these three extraordinary men who have proudly served their country and are committed to pursuing higher education," said SoldierSocks co-founder, Chris Meek. "Each recipient has demonstrated a clear desire to help their fellow veterans and countrymen."
Josh Collins is pursuing a degree in psychology at Florida Institute of Technology.
Petty Officer Thompson is finishing his Master of Public Administration degree at Old Dominion University and will pursue an MBA beginning in January 2015.
First Lieutenant Jesse Campion is in his third year at Syracuse University and is completing a Master of Public Administration and a Juris Doctor degree.
SoldierSocks was founded in 2009 to provide basic necessities such as baby wipes, socks and sunscreen to American soldiers fighting for our country in the trenches of Afghanistan and Iraq. As more of our soldiers return home to the U.S., SoldierSocks.com continues to assist our nation's heroes in re-acclimating to civilian life by providing scholarships for colleges and trade schools and offering paralyzed soldiers an opportunity to gain mobility outside of a wheelchair.
To support SoldierSocks in their efforts to provide services to veterans across the United States, please visit our website at www.SoldierSocks.org
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