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Governor Lauds Scholarship Program for Wounded Veterans

Location: Boise, ID


BOISE - Idaho Governor Jim Risch applauded the news that his alma mater has launched a scholarship program for wounded veterans. Beginning July 1, the University of Idaho will accept applications for the Operation Education Scholarship program for veterans who have been severely and permanently wounded due to service since September 11, 2001.

"This is a fantastic program for our veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country. To be able to receive financial support and other resources that will allow them an opportunity to pursue an education or a new career will certainly help our veterans transition back into civilian life," said Risch. "This program is the first of its kind in the country and it truly demonstrates the support and gratitude that we have for our veterans."

Wounded veterans will receive support for tuition, fees, books, on-campus housing, medical assistance, transportation, tutoring, childcare, and adaptive equipment. The program is for veterans who attend school at the Moscow campus.

Preference will be given to Idaho residents who apply, but veterans nationwide may also participate in the program

The University of Idaho alumni and friends, corporations and foundations, along with initial funding from the Helping Our Heroes Foundation, will provide funding for the program.

Karen White, University of Idaho First Lady, will chair the new scholarship program.

For an application or additional information veterans should contact John Sawyer at the University of Idaho at 208-885-7979 or Contributions in support of Operation Education can be made online at or by calling 208-885-7069 or 866-671-7041.

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