Ventura College Foundation's Veteran Resource Center Library Provides Textbook Stipend to Veterans
Veterans will be given up to $250 per semester for two semesters. To receive the textbook-buying stipend, recipients must donate at least one of their books purchased with the stipend to the Jerry Arellano Veteran Resource Center Library.
Veterans will be given up to $250 per semester for two semesters. To receive the textbook-buying stipend, recipients must donate at least one of their books purchased with the stipend to the Jerry Arellano Veteran Resource Center Library so future students can have access to textbooks at no cost.
The new funding comes from Ventura College Foundation donors who had originally designated their gifts to Veterans Promise, the first program of its kind that enabled U.S. veterans and active duty military students not using G.I. Bill benefits to attend Ventura College tuition-free during their first year of schooling. Since tuition for these students is now covered by the state, donors agreed to transfer their contributions to pay for veterans' schoolbooks and build the resource center's lending library.
Full time and part time veteran students can apply for the stipend. The amount is adjusted based on the number of units taken. "We will award these stipends to as many veterans as possible until the funds are exhausted," says Anne Paul King, executive director of the Ventura College Foundation. "High textbook costs are often a barrier to attending college. The Veteran Resource Center lending library and textbook assistance program relieve some of the financial stress. It also helps veterans reserve their G.I. Bill benefits for when they transfer to a four-year university."
"Our military, veterans and their families have sacrificed greatly on our country's behalf. This textbook stipend program is just another way Ventura College can show our appreciation and gratitude. Active military and veterans are an important part of Ventura College's student population,"
As of fall 2019, there were 384 veterans enrolled at Ventura College. The college's Veterans Resource Center offers personalized services to veterans, active duty military and eligible dependents. Staff members assist with college admission applications and course registration, provide academic counseling, and help students access veteran's benefits. The center includes a study area with computers, printers and scanners.
For more information about the textbook support program, go to https://venturacollegefoundation.org/