MDVA Higher Education Veterans Program, Southeast Regional Coordinator
When Minnesota’s Veterans return from deployment, they are greeted with a wider support network than any of their brothers or sisters from other generations before them could ever imagine. Even with so much assistance available, it can still be difficult to make ends meet, especially when attempting to further their education. There are many education benefits available, but often students have a hard time making ends meet while they juggle their studies with their jobs and their families. The Hiawatha Valley Yellow Ribbon (BYR) Committee saw this as an opportunity to show their gratitude.
Last Christmas, they donated a Christmas tree to Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical Red Wing Campus and then auctioned off the tree. The winner of the auction donated the tree to the family of a deployed service member, and the money raised was put toward a scholarship fund. On Wednesday, May 8, the Hiawatha Valley BYR presented the school with two $1000 scholarships for Veteran students. The scholarship money will go toward helping with the cost of books, supplies, and fees at the college, which are often the biggest challenges facing our student Vets.
Greg Cady, a Criminal Justice instructor at the college, as well as a Naval Reservist, presented the check on behalf of the Hiawatha Valley Yellow Ribbon Committee to James Johnson, President of Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical in a ceremony in front of students and faculty. The scholarships will be awarded annually going forward.
Photo Caption: Pictured from left to right: Greg Cady, James Johnson, Lance Garrick, Dave Birkenmayer, Tony Tengwall, and Jerry Borgan.