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New Jersey Bankers Education Foundation

The New Jersey Bankers Education Foundation was established in 2005 as a 501(c)(3) organization to honor fallen or permanently disabled military members in the post-9/11 Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts by providing scholarships to their eligible dependents. Since then, the Trustees have awarded a scholarship to a Brick, NJ spouse of an Army National Guard Specialist who lost his life in Iraq in 2004; the scholarship enabled her to graduate from Georgian Court University. A scholarship was also awarded to a Long Branch, NJ spouse of an Army Corporal who was killed in Iraq in 2009; she went on to receive her master’s degree from Monmouth University.

Since 2011, the foundation has also supported veteran students attending Rutgers University through grants to its Office of Veterans Services. These funds are used to provide support to veteran students facing financial difficulties in completing their education. Without this support, many of these students would have had no choice but to drop out of the university.

Learn more about the scholarships and contact information at this website.


March 25th, 2014

Today is National Medal of Honor Day, a day dedicated to all Medal of Honor recipients, past and present. On this day, we honor and remember recipients who have received this highest military honor. Throughout the years, only 3,487 recipients have been honored with the Medal of Honor. Each recipient demonstrated courage, strength, and above all a disregard for their own safety in order to serve and protect their fellow service members. Their courage is matched by their humility; they believe their actions were no different from what anyone else would have done in the same situation. These honorees are simply proud to have served their country. Our Rutgers Veteran Services Team and our Rutgers Veterans would especially like to recognize and honor our own Rutgers MOH recipient COL (R) Jack Jacobs. Jack, thank you for your service to the nation and your support of our program.


Newly appointed to the NJ Veterans Higher Education Commission

Justin Sasso and Steve Abel have been appointed by the Governor to serve on the NJ Veterans Higher Education Commission. It will be the duty of the commission to study and make recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature on how to best facilitate the successful transition of veterans into the higher education community.


Military Times Best for Vets: Business School 2014, Rutgers ranked 4th

Rutgers was selected for the Military Times Best for Vets: Business Schools 2014 rankings. The Military Times Best for Vets distinction recognizes and rewards schools for their commitment to providing opportunities to America's veterans.

You can find the Best for Vets: Business Schools story, as well as links to methodology and rankings, here: MilitaryTimes.com - Best for Vets.


The New Jersey Post SAME Scholarship 2014

The New Jersey Post SAME scholarship Fund, Inc, for calendar year 2014 will award a minimum of one, one-time scholarship based on merit in the amount of between $1000 and $5000 to a college or university student studying Architecture, Engineering or a related science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) subject.

The Scholarships are awarded to students who will be entering their 2nd through last year of study in the 2014-2015 academic year.

The general criteria to be considered by the selection Committee will include school and community activities, educational goals, academics, recommendations and employment together with any extenuating circumstances

All applicants must be endorsed by a New Jersey Post SAME member.

For questions and Applications please contact: John Booth, at boothjl@aol.com with subject line 2014 NJ Post SAME Scholarship

Application deadline is April 1, 2014

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PNC-SVA Scholarship

Fund the path to personal achievement

SVA and PNC Bank are proud to award these $10,000 scholarships to veterans pursuing a degree or credential in finance, accounting, or related fields and who embody the principle of "Serving with Intergrity".

With this partnership, we seek to empower those student veterans who lack the financial means to an education that will help launch their civilians career. This opportunity will serve to build a diverse and competitive pool of candidates to meet the emerging workforce demands of institutions like PNC Bank, while simultaneously investing in your personal success.

Please visit our website for further information.


Pat Tillerman Scholarship

The Pat Tillman Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the annual application process for the Tillman Military Scholarship. As a supplement to the Post 9-11 GI Bill, the scholarship covers direct study-related expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living stipend, for eligible service members, veterans or military spouses who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate degrees as full-time students at a public or private, US-based accredited institution. The application for the 2014-2015 academic year will remain open until Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 11:59:59 EST at www.PatTillmanFoundation.org/scholarship

Questions? Contact Bryan Adams (previous Scholarship winner) at bryanada@echo.rutgers.edu


Specially Adapted Housing

Colleagues and Fellow Veterans:

Are you a Veteran with a severe service-connected disability that affects your mobility? Do you know someone who is? If you answered Yes to either question, then you or someone you know may be eligible for the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant program that is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The SAH program helps certain severely-disabled Veterans and Servicemembers purchase or construct an adapted home, or modify an existing home, to create a barrier-free-living environment. VA offers two grant programs: the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant and the Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant.

The SAH grant can be used to purchase or modify a home so that it provides a barrier-free living environment that affords Veterans a higher level of independent living. Veterans and Servicemembers with certain service-connected disabilities may be entitled to a grant up to the current maximum of $67,555.

The SHA grant can be used to increase the mobility of eligible Veterans and Servicemembers throughout their home. Veterans and Servicemembers with specific service-connected disabilities may be entitled to this type of grant, up to the current maximum of $13,511.

In addition to these two grant types, a temporary residential grant may be available to SAH/SHA eligible Veterans and Servicemembers who are or will be temporarily residing in a home owned by a family member. The maximum amount available to adapt a family member's home for the SAH grant is $29,657 and for the SHA grant it is $5,295. All grant amounts are indexed annually based on cost of construction, and the grant amounts will never decrease.

VA has staff located nationwide to assist individuals in applying for and receiving these grants. You can find more detailed information about qualifying disabilities here: http://benefits.va.gov/homeloans/adaptedhousing.asp, and you can find contact information for an SAH Agent in your area here: http://www.benefits.va.gov/HOMELOANS/contact_agents.asp.

Each Veteran's housing/living needs are as unique as their physical disabilities. The SAH program provides hands-on, personalized, customized service to severely-disabled Veterans seeking home adaptations.

If you have any questions, please email sahinfo.vbaco@va.gov.

New Jersey Bankers Education Foundation Trustees present a $10,000 check to Rutgers Office of Veterans Services - Back left to right, NJBankers First Vice Chairman Gerald Reeves, president/CEO, Sturdy Savings Bank; James Silkensen, director, Somerset Savings Bank; Ryan Lind, Rutgers Veteran; Thomas Krause, Rutgers Student; Kevin Cummings, president/CEO, Investors Bank; John McWeeney, Jr., president/CEO, NJBankers; James Meredith, EVP/COO, NJBankers and secretary/treasurer Education Foundation; NJBankers Second Vice Chairman Angela Snyder, CEO/vice chairman, Fulton Bank of New Jersey. Front: Foundation Chairman Robert Stillwell, president/CEO, Boiling Springs Savings Bank; Robert Bright, Asst Dir, Veteran and Military Programs & Services- Rutgers University ; NJ Bankers Chairman Stewart McClure, Jr., regional president, Lakeland Bank; and COL Stephen Abel (Ret.), Director, Veteran and Military Programs & Services- Rutgers University.

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Curtis Coy, the Deputy Under Secretary for Veteran Affairs visited Rutgers Veterans House on January 16th. He received a briefing on the Rutgers Veteran and Military Services Programs and Services, was interviewed for the documentary: The War After, had lunch with four veterans and met with the psychologist team supporting Rutgers veteran and military students and their families.


Photo caption: New Jersey Bankers Education Foundation Trustees present a $5,000 check to Rutgers Office of Veterans Affairs.