GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Ahead of Veterans Day on Monday, the University of North Carolina - Greensboro (UNCG) has launched its crowd funding campaign for its veteran student population. UNCG has a total of 475 students receiving VA funds, and 241 are veterans and active military personnel.
UNCG opted into the federal program called "Yellow Ribbon." In that, it agrees to allocate funds to cover educational expenses that exceed what the post-9/11 GI Bill covers. The VA then matches, dollar for dollar, those contributions. UNCG currently has 29 students for the 2013-2014 school year who are a part of the Yellow Ribbon program.
UNCG's associate director of annual givings, Sarah Kathryn Coley, said, "The Yellow Ribbon program really provides an opportunity from students all around the country to come to UNCG and receive an education."
Coley explained the number of student veterans the university is able to provide support for could increase, depending on the success of the crowd funding campaign. This year's campaign is called "UNCG 4 Vets" and is a 60-day campaign in which the community can provide financial contributions toward veteran student scholarships.
UNCG veteran student Shane Meeks said, "There (are) a lot of expenses that go into college. Books and parking and all kinds of things, and the Yellow Ribbon campaign helps fund tuition that the GI Bill doesn't cover."
Betina "Tina" Morrison served in Iraq prior to coming back to North Carolina and attending school at UNCG. "I came here in 2012, and I haven't looked back ever since. They have a great support here for veterans."
Morrison explained the university also displays its continued support for female veterans. "Women serve, as well. It's not just men out there. UNCG is also trying to change the face of veterans--not just that it's women but that it's also younger veterans, as well. You don't just have to be from World War II or Korea or Vietnam. There are veterans who have served in these recent conflicts, and they need to be recognized, as well."
UNCG creatively is asking for certain donation amounts--11 dollars in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, 29 dollars in honor of the 29 Yellow Ribbon recipients this year, 72 dollars in honor of the 72 percent graduation rate of UNCG veterans, 99 dollars in honor of UNCG's past 99 years of support for veterans, 241 for the 241 veterans and active military personnel at UNCG and 1,914 in honor of the year 1914, when students from Woman's College began assisting in World War I.
Visit the UNCG 4 Vets crowd funding campaign site to donate.
Check out this list of Veterans Day activities happening this Friday through Tuesday in North Carolina.
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