We are very pleased to announce a new agreement with an online college that will help Army women and their families.
As many as six female soldiers, female Army veterans, their children or grandchildren will receive full scholarships through a partnership between the Army Women’s Foundation and Trident University International. The multi-year agreement is unprecedented for both our non-profit Foundation and the 100% online university.
Trident University officials joined us in an official signing of the Education Service Agreement (ESA) Oct. 9, 2017 during the Foundation’s professional development program at the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C. The ESA augments the Foundation’s Legacy Scholarship Program, now in its 11th year.
“This historic cooperative agreement between AWF and Trident will foster the independence of two Legacy scholars every year. Education is the gateway to continuing success and freedom from want. We couldn’t be more pleased to be a part of this endeavor,” said Col. Alice Demarais, USA, Ret., who chairs the Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship Committee.
“Our learning approach, which stresses critical thinking, has contributed to the success of numerous female leaders across all military branches,” states Travis Allen, President & CEO of Trident. “As more women continue to seize the leadership opportunities presented to them, these scholarships will help to facilitate the growth of even more women in leadership positions who serve and protect our nation on a daily basis.”
Service members, veterans and military dependents make up 79 percent of Trident students. Some 22,000 of its over 30,000 alumni have a military affiliation.
Under the terms of the agreement, every year for three years, one full scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a bachelor’s degree and one full scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a graduate degree. The Army Women’s Foundation will select who receives those scholarships based on the Foundation Legacy Scholarship Program criteria and Trident’s admissions standards.
The first two Trident scholarships for the undergraduate and graduate degrees will be awarded in 2018, the next two in 2019, and two more in 2020. Recipients will be announced each March at the Foundation’s Annual Summit. This agreement makes it possible for as many as three students to earn their bachelor’s degrees and three students to earn their graduate degrees through Trident without paying for tuition or fees. Books and supplies are not covered under the ESA.
The ESA augments the Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship Program which offers financial support in four areas: Certificate Programs, Community College Coursework, Undergraduate Degree and Graduate Degree programs. The Foundation presented its first scholarship in 2008. To date, it has awarded 190 scholarships totaling $350,600.