Posted 5 months ago
By John Axtell
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The Dawes County Veterans of Foreign Wars Grey Eagle Post 1375 has created an endowed scholarship with the Chadron State Foundation that will, in the beginning be limited to veterans who have served overseas.
The VFW, all of whose members also served overseas, says that as the endowment grows and more donations come it, the scholarship eligibility will expand to include other veterans, ROTC cadets, and National Guard members.
Chadron State Foundation executive director Connie Rasmussen says it’s a wonderful and touching gift by the VFW for the veterans attending the college.
The first scholarship from the VFW endowment will be awarded next fall using the earnings on the principal of the endowment.
The gift and scholarship were announced Monday during the two Veterans Day programs in Chadron, the first at the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center on the CSC campus and the second, organized by Chadron Middle School 8th graders, in the high school auditorium.
Chadron State has been recognized by a number of organizations and publications in recent years for its support of veterans. The latest of those came this week when the school made the Military Times Edge magazine list of 120 Best Colleges for Vets