Active Heroes, a 501c3 charity, and Sullivan University, in Louisville, KY, have joined forces to provide scholarship opportunities to one deserving veteran and one dependent in 2018. Each year Sullivan University awards two scholarships, one full-ride scholarship for an associate degree and one half-tuition waiver for a bachelor degree. The recipients of the scholarship are able to pursue higher education in high-demand fields such as business, law, healthcare, and technology-related fields. Additionally for 2018, the scholarship was also opened for nursing, other in-demand health care fields, HVAC training and advanced manufacturing training.
2018 will mark the fourth year that Sullivan University has been awarding the Active Heroes Scholarship, however this is the first year that a dependent of a military veteran was selected to win the scholarship. When speaking of the programs main focus, Jorge Pazmino says that the goal of the program is simple. “This scholarship opportunity aims to assist military families wishing to achieve or complete higher education.” Pazmino is an Iraq War Veteran and served on the Board of Directors for Active Heroes from 2013 to 2017. He is also the military admissions point of contact for Sullivan University.
Sullivan University and Active Heroes announced the 2018 winners on Wave 3 Listens Live on August 31st, 2018. The chosen winner for the 100% tuition waiver is Yasmin Jacobs, who joined the U.S. Army at 19 years old. She served for 4 years on active duty. She recently separated from the military and is ready to start her college education with an associate of science in health information management. Her plan is to eventually complete a doctor of dental medicine degree. The chosen winner for the 50% tuition waiver is Kennedy Olenkiewicz. She is a military dependent (daughter) from a retired U.S. Army Soldier that would like to finish a bachelor degree enabling her to start a career in public service for victims of rape and abuse. She plans on pursuing a bachelor of science in justice and public safety administration while she works full-time.
Applications are being taken for the 2019 scholarships and recipients can apply until August 1st, 2019. Once all applications are in, two winners will be chosen to receive the scholarships. Those eligible to apply must be a veteran, military spouse, or military child with a high school diploma or GED. Additionally, each recipient must maintain a 2.5 quarterly GPA with continuous enrollment. To apply, please visit https://activeheroes.wpengine.com/
For more information on the Scholarship Program or learn more about Active Heroes, please visit activeheroes.org or watch a short video about the program at https://www.youtube.com/watch?