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November 10, 2021

Tributes to those who served provide financial assistance to current generation of veterans.

Nearly 600 student-veterans are on campus at JCCC each semester, making plans to transition to civilian careers ranging from HVAC to criminal justice. Some are capitalizing on skills they gained from military experience; others are discovering new opportunities in today’s workforce. JCCC’s Pay It Forward Scholarships make education goals happen for many of them.

Supporting student-veterans as they pursue their education is an important part of assisting with veterans’ transition from service to civilian life. JCCC has created an opportunity to honor the legacy of past service members while supporting the success of the present.

“I decided to go to college to better my career,” said Army veteran and business administration student Stephen Caldwell. “This scholarship will help not only me, but also my family. I will be able to take on more courses and work even harder to reach the goals I have set for myself.”

Sophia Ombaso, currently serving in the Air Force National Guard, said receiving the scholarship encouraged her career pursuits.

“I am glad that there is someone out there willing to support me to accomplish my nursing degree,” she said. “I have always wanted to be a nurse, and this scholarship is a great boost for my dreams to come true.”

Paying It Forward by Remembering Past Service

In 2019, the JCCC Foundation established the Pay It Forward Student Veteran Scholarship to provide financial assistance to help veterans reach their academic goals. It’s a generous and practical way to say “thank you” to those who selflessly fought for our freedoms.

These scholarships allow donors to honor a living or deceased family member or loved one from past wars or conflicts. The monetary gifts encourage success and extend gratefulness to current student-veterans.

JCCC President Dr. Andy Bowne is using this scholarship to honor his brother, Jason Bowne, who enlisted in the Army in 1983 after graduating from high school. Bowne's tribute will benefit Graphic Design student and Army veteran Scott Powers.

“It is such an honor,” Powers said. “This will help me tremendously with gas to get to school and supplies for my final semester.”

Support Our Student-Veterans

Would you like to honor a military family member or loved one while also lending a helping hand to JCCC student-veterans? Learn more about how you can say “thank you” to our veterans.

2021 marks the 11th anniversary of Veterans Week at JCCC. You’re invited to take part in events and activities recognizing veterans and active-duty military for their sacrifice and service to our country.