University of Nevada, Reno student veterans award more than $3,500 in scholarships

Wolf Pack Veterans present spring semester scholarships Jan. 28

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It has been estimated that in the wake the United States’ continued involvement in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the student-veteran population of universities and colleges throughout the country could increase by as much as 25 percent in the next year as returning veterans use a post-9/11 G.I. Bill to fund their higher education aspirations.

But, as returning veteran and University of Nevada, Reno senior business major Stuart Greenfield notes, sometimes the G.I. Bill isn’t enough. Greenfield is one of the founders of the campus organization, Wolf Pack Veterans, which in its short history has provided more than $6,000 to veterans who needed additional financial assistance for school, beyond the benefits of the G.I. Bill.

“The G.I. Bill is a really great incentive for veterans to return to school, but some veterans, due to medical bills, economic conditions and the increasing cost of college, might need additional aid,” said Greenfield, a former Marine who served in Iraq.

To that end, the group’s “Fallen Wolf Scholarship” program will award $3,700 in scholarship money for the spring semester at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28 in Room 423 of the Joe Crowley Student Union.

The scholarship program is available to all veterans at the University, as well as family members, who, due to combat, have lost a family member in combat since Sept. 11, 2001. Last semester, $1,000 was awarded to an incoming freshman in honor of his father, who was killed in Iraq.

Greenfield said Wolf Pack Veterans strives to “provide a supportive environment for returning veterans in order to facilitate their education and transition from military service.” Wolf Pack Veterans, a student-run organization, was founded at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2006.

For more information, go to www.wolfpackvets.org.

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