Union Institute and University awarded grant to assist vets


CINCINNATI (AP) — Union Institute and University in Cincinnati has been awarded a $150,000 grant from an anonymous foundation that aims to help veterans earn their college degrees.

The grant will continue to fund living allowance stipends for honorably discharged, Pell Grant-eligible veterans working toward their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees at the school.

Geri Maples, Union’s veterans services coordinator, says education is vital to veterans’ transition into the civilian world.

The Veterans in Union program was started after the university received another grant from the same foundation last year. Maples says the program was founded to help further veterans onto their careers.

Jennifer Hartbarger says the program boosts veterans’ confidence. The Army veteran and Union student says the program makes them feel that they can do something outside of the military.

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