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06-25-2009

Clarkson University Partners with VA Yellow Ribbon Program for Military Personnel and Families

Beginning in August for the 2009-10 academic year, Clarkson University will provide full tuition benefits to qualifying post-9-11 active duty service members, veterans and eligible dependents of military personnel under the federal government’s new Yellow Ribbon Program.

In this partnership, the Department of Veterans Affairs is matching the contributions made by schools to pay for the education of eligible veterans and qualifying dependents. The combination of Clarkson’s match to those paid by the VA under the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act will cover the full cost of tuition and fees in more than 50 programs of study at Clarkson including undergraduate education, the online MBA program and other graduate degrees in business, physical therapy, science and engineering.

"Many Clarkson alumni have served our country with honor and distinction in the armed forces. Through our commitment to the Yellow Ribbon Program, it is our honor and opportunity to show our gratitude to the men and women who ensure our freedoms and liberties everyday," said Clarkson President Tony Collins. "We offer a great educational experience for individuals who have demonstrated the values of diligence towards work and service to others."

With a long history of military preparation on its campus, Clarkson University’s Army and Air Force ROTC units have been recognized in Washington Monthly Magazine among the top five universities in its Annual College Guide for the percentage of students serving in ROTC. Students in these programs are the recipients of numerous awards and recognition for their scholastic work as well as success in field training.

Former U.S. Army specialist Daniel Crain of Sandy Creek, N.Y., is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Clarkson’s Department of Physics. "Clarkson appealed to me because of the quality and type of research that I could do here," he said, referring to his research about lithium-ion batteries used in many consumer electronics and that are under consideration for use in electric vehicles. "I was interested in doing research that could lead to a job in the future."

Deadlines for fall admission will been extended for military families and personnel interested in learning more about Clarkson and using the Yellow Ribbon Program benefit.

Faculty and staff will be at Fort Drum’s Higher Education Day on August 4.

In the interim, please contact admission@clarkson.edu or 1-800-527-6577 for undergraduate programs. To be directed to the appropriate office for graduate programs, please call 1-315-268-6447 or visit www.clarkson.edu/admission/graduate.

Resources and links for individuals and families unsure if they are eligible can be found at www.clarkson.edu/yellowribbon.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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