Fairfield University Announces New Veterans Fellowships for Graduate Students

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Former servicemen and women interested in pursuing a master’s degree in creative writing or public administration can apply to receive up to $10,000 in financial assistance from the College of Arts and Sciences. 

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (May 20, 2019)—Fairfield University takes great pride in serving veterans of the U.S. armed forces, just as they take pride in having served our country. As part of the University’s commitment to helping these courageous individuals attain their educational goals, the College of Arts and Sciences is excited to offer a limited number of graduate level, veterans fellowships to former servicemen and servicewomen interested in pursuing a master’s of fine arts (MFA) in creative writing or a master’s of public administration (MPA) from Fairfield University.

Established through the generosity of the H.W. Wilson Foundation, a philanthropic enterprise that supports educational and charitable programs dedicated to improving the mind, body, and spirit, the fellowships range from $3,000 to $10,000 and are available to veterans enrolled in the College’s MFA or MPA programs who have exhausted all or a portion of their GI Bill® educational benefits. Documentation verifying veteran and VA benefits status must be provided in order to apply for a veteran’s fellowship, and students that are awarded one, are required to re-apply for a continuation of funds each year, as continued funding is not guaranteed.

“As an institution rooted in the Jesuit tradition of service to others, we take great pride in offering our military veterans — men and women who have served others— fellowship support in our master’s of public administration and master’s of fine arts in creative writing programs,” said Richard Greenwald, PhD, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Both of these programs have always had cohorts of veterans and have become a welcome home for them. Our MPA program aims to develop policy experts who can better serve their communities, and with the addition of National Book Award-winning novelist and marine corps veteran Phil Klay to the MFA faculty, it seems like the right time for us to more deeply showcase our commitment to veterans.”

Veterans enrolled in Fairfield University’s MFA in creative writing program who are interested in applying for a veterans fellowship are encouraged to send a writing sample of up to 20 pages, a one-page personal statement, and a DD214 form to Sonya Huber, MFA program director, at shuber@fairfield.edu. Veterans enrolled in Fairfield’s MPA program, who are also interested in applying, are encouraged send a one-page personal statement, a copy of their current transcripts, and a DD214 form to Gayle Alberda, MPA assistant professor, at galberda@fairfield.edu.

Fairfield University is a Yellow Ribbon school and offers a wide range of benefits to the veteran above and beyond those provided by the Veterans Administration. For more information, visit fairfield.edu/veterans.

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