Darden Joins Yellow Ribbon Program

16/07/2009

The Darden School of Business will participate in the U.S. Federal Government's new Yellow Ribbon Program, along with 700 public and private institutions, to provide scholarships to post-9/11 veterans.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – as part of the post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act passed in 2008 – has established the Yellow Ribbon Program to match scholarships granted to veterans at participating schools.

“The Darden School is pleased to be a part of the Yellow Ribbon Program in support of our veterans,” said Larry Mueller, Darden’s director of financial aid.  “Darden has long been committed to educating and preparing those who have served in the military for leadership in the world of practical affairs.”

At the University of Virginia, both Darden and the School of Law will participate in the program. Eligible veterans must have served a minimum of 36 months on active duty after Sept. 11, 2001, or have been discharged due to disability after serving at least 30 days.

Darden’s Yellow Ribbon Program will match a $6,000 grant per calendar year offered to qualifying students, in addition to other veterans’ tuition benefits during the 2009-10 academic year.  Veterans in both the MBA and MBA for Executives programs are eligible to participate.

“The Program builds on the post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and is designed to cover the ‘gap’ from that tuition funding,” said Reggie Webb, faculty advisor of the student-run organization Darden Military Association (DMA), who will lead the Darden School Foundation’s involvement in the program.  

Three years ago, Darden alumni established a merit scholarship program geared towards former military members. For qualifying veterans who receive one of these scholarships, the first $6,000 of their grant is eligible to be matched by the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Darden’s support of the Yellow Ribbon Program builds on that tradition, said Mueller.

For more information, contact Darden’s financial aid office at 434-924-7739, or e-mail Amanda Mills at millsa@darden.virginia.edu.

Founded in 1955, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business improves society by developing principled leaders in the world of practical affairs.

For additional information, contact communication@darden.virginia.edu.

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