Christendom College has launched a new Military Service Scholarship for eligible students from military families. Serving as an alternative to the GI Bill, which is no longer accepted at Christendom due to new government regulations, the Military Service Scholarship will cover 100% of the cost of tuition for eligible students.
Since Christendom’s founding, the college has rejected all federal funding to safeguard as much as possible the ability to teach the Catholic Faith without hindrance. For students from military families, the college historically accepted GI Bill funds and similar programs because, unlike student loans or federal grants, they had always been treated as an employment benefit owed to the individual veterans.
Unfortunately, new government regulations were issued in the summer of 2021 requiring that any school that accepts GI Bill funds meet the requirements for and participate in federal student aid programs under Title IV. As a result, GI Bill funds are now likely to bring with them the same bureaucracy, government control, and entanglement as other federal funding.
Under the new circumstances, Christendom made the decision to find a new, creative way to ensure that military families’ service would still be recognized without tying the college to federal funding. Christendom reached out to several loyal donors for assistance, and, thanks to their generosity, the college was able to establish a new Military Service Scholarship for the 2022-2023 academic year which will cover 100% of the cost of tuition ($28,500) for eligible students.
“The college has always been proud and supportive of military families, and we wanted to ensure their service was still recognized at the college,” says Vice President for Finance Scott Kay. “Thanks to our generous benefactors, we were able to create this new Military Service Scholarship Program, allowing us to offer full-tuition scholarships for eligible students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Already, we’ve been able to offer this new scholarship to several military veterans and to the children of military veterans, enabling them to receive a Christendom education with their tuition fully covered.”
The new Military Service Scholarship Program is available at both the undergraduate and the graduate level for eligible students. For more information on the new Military Service Scholarship Program, visit here.