Again, this year, I extend a special thank you to the members of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of MOAA, for your continued selfless donations in support of military families and veterans.
This year we will continue our focus of funding the Middle Tennessee Chapter of MOAA Veteran's Scholarship (two S1,000 grants) at both Belmont and Lipscomb Universities. Administered with our written direction, these scholarships give preference to permanently disabled and other combat wounded veterans. Since the GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Programs do not provide 1OO% of the funding that students need, our scholarships can be the difference that allows a veteran to obtain a degree. It is our intent to continue working with these two schools to further address veteran's scholarship needs.
Further good news is that through our chapter's relationship with Lipscomb University, a previous scholarship donor agreed to transfer over $4,000 to begin funding an endowed MOAA Veteran Scholarship at the university. So, beyond our contributions to the annual Belmont and Lipscomb Veteran Scholarships, we are now contributing to a permanent endowed veteran scholarship at Lipscomb University.
Our Chapter also continues to provide funding beyond the three endowed MOAA scholarships which we have completely funded, to the national scholarship initiative. Students (under the age of 24) who are children of former, active, or retired officers or active or retired enlisted military personnel are eligible to apply for the MOAA Scholarship program.
These programs are not possible without your generous contributions.
Your board is once again asking that every chapter member make as a minimum a S2S.OO tax-deductible contribution to support this very worthwhile initiative. Should you choose to make a direct contribution to MOAA in response to their National solicitation, we would sincerely appreciate your annotating your check to have the funds credited to the Middle Tennessee Chapter contribution.
We have enclosed a self-addressed envelope which can be used to send your check made payable to the MTC MOAA Scholarship Fund to P.O. Box 50252. Nashville. TN 37205-0252.
We ask that you make every effort to do so by October 30. 2020. Thank you again for your support of this highly worthwhile endeavor!
Michael G. Patenaude
LTC, USA (RET)
Middle Tennessee Chapter Scholarship Program
Our Middle Tennessee Chapter has sponsored both the Chapter Designated Scholarship Program/National Program and a Local Veterans Scholarship Grant Program with Belmont and Lipscomb Universities.
2020-2021MOAA National Designated Scholarship Recipients:
J. M. Lindgren
G. L. Lochinski
A. M. Matheson
Veterans Scholarship recipients at Belmont and Lipscomb Universities for the 2020-2021 school year:
MOAA National Scholarship Program
Applicants for all of The MOAA National Hosted programs must plan to attend an accredited college or university during the 2011-2012 school year as a full-time student. All loans, grants, and scholarships are designated for students seeking their first undergraduate degree. No loans, grants, or scholarships are applicable toward graduate study.
There is one online application for all scholarships, grants, and interest-free loan programs.
Interest-free loans, MOAA's main program, are renewable annually for up to five years of full-time undergraduate study. Assistance is available only to students who have not yet earned an undergraduate degree. The interest-free loan and grant program provides $5,500 loans, which are renewable for up to five years of undergraduate study. Students selected as loan recipients and their military parent must sign a promissory note before funds can be disbursed. Loans are disbursed in two increments: one-half by early August and one-half by mid-December.
Eligibility Students (under age 24) who are children of former, active or retired officers or active or retired enlisted military personnel are eligible to apply. If such a child served in a Uniformed Service before completing college, however, his or her maximum age for eligibility will be increased by the number of years he or she so served, up to five years. Military academy cadets are not eligible for this program.
Selection Criteria Qualified students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale are selected on the basis of their scholastic ability, activities, and financial need.
The online application opens in November and must be completed and submitted no later than noon EST March 1st of the following year. Semifinalists are notified in March. Recipients are notified in May.