University of Dubuque Receives $2000 in Scholarship Funds

Aug 3, 2015 | Kristi Lynch

The University of Dubuque has received two $1000 American Legion of Iowa Foundation scholarships to support veterans and their family members working to complete their education.  The grant recognizes veterans and their family members as American Legion of Iowa Foundation scholarship recipients and provides additional support to cover the costs of higher education not covered by the GI Bill.


The University of Dubuque’s Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center was created in spring 2014 to invest in the lives of students at the University who are veterans of the military.  The center is committed to providing student veterans a seamless transition from military life to civilian college life.  A college campus is an unfamiliar place to many student veterans, and reaching their full potential can only be realized with care, support, and access to education.


“On behalf of the University of Dubuque Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center I want to thank the American Legion of Iowa Foundation for the generous award of two $1000.00 scholarships to be used to assist Veterans and their family members with financial need to complete their educational goals,” stated Rick Ernst (CSM, USA, Ret), veterans admission and assistance coordinator.  “These funds will make possible for a deserving veteran or their family member to achieve their academic dream.  As a veteran and a member of the American Legion, I know that there is no greater mission than assisting those who have sacrificed so much for our great country.  By assisting veterans and their families we are repaying our debt to these patriots, and in return allowing them to continue to serve their communities, state, and country as productive citizens.”


The American Legion of Iowa Foundation Scholarships will recognize students for their academic achievement and reward them for their dedication to their country and commitment to higher education. 


The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veterans organization, devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is a not-for-profit community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members, men and women, in nearly 15,000 American Legion posts worldwide.