Sports Clips & VFW Help a Hero Scholarship

WRITTEN BY: Elizabeth On 11/11/2013 • Lifestyle

Sports Clips & VFW Help a Hero Scholarship

Beginning in 2007, Sports Clips partnered with the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Operation Uplink, providing free phone calls for deployed and hospitalized service members. Over $2 million has been contributed by Sports Clips, and more than two million calls have been made possible.

Now, in addition to continuing to support Free Call Days, Sports Clips and the VFW are sponsoring the Help a Hero Scholarship. Sports Clips has set a fundraising goal of $575,000 for the program this year, running from October 14 through Veterans' Day November 11. Sports Clips is also the official haircutter of the VFW.

Submitted by Elizabeth on 11/11/2013 - 10:12

VFW Commander-in-Chief Bill Thien stated, "This scholarship program is an important addition to the troop support offerings the VFW provides. Through it, we look forward to helping many service members succeed in the next chapter of their lives."

Hundreds of thousands of service veterans enter the workforce every year, facing many obstacles during their transition back to civilian life. Education and career opportunities are often some of the biggest challenges. Each Help a Hero Scholarship will provide up to $5000 in financial assistance to veterans who want to further their education during or after their military service. Donations are being accepted at Sports Clips locations nationwide as well as online.

On Veteran's Day, November 11, Sports Clips will host the biggest haircut day in history. Many locations will offer free haircuts to active duty and veteran service members with valid proof of service. Civilians can make their haircut count, too, by getting a Sports Clips cut on Veterans' Day. The chain will donate $1 from every hair care service to the scholarship program.

Applications for the Help a Hero Scholarship are being accepted through November 15, 2013 for the Spring 2014 semester. The deadline for applications for the Fall 2014 semester is April 30, 2014. Scholarships are awarded directly to the college or trade school.

Applicants must be retired, honorably discharged, active duty or a member of the National Guard or Reserve. They must have completed Basic Training and follow-up training such as AIT, Technical School, etc. Qualified applicants will have a rank of E-5 or below and demonstrate the need for financial assistance. They must participate in, be currently enrolled in or accepted to a VA-approved school or program at an accredited post-secondary institution.

Sports Clips Founder and CEO Gordon Logan, a US Air Force veteran and lifetime VFW member stated, "We look forward to helping service members as they come home and transition into civilian careers through these scholarships." Sports Clips has also been named one of the Top Franchises for Veterans.