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The Gift of Education

Colorado Technical University Announces Recipients of 50 Full Scholarships for Wounded Warriors, Veterans and Spouses Wounded active duty and veteran service members and spouses receive gift of education to support their transition and recovery.

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They are warriors.

Lizandro Mateo-Ortiz – Sergeant First Class, US Army

We were receiving incoming.

Dorothea Hooper – Sergeant First Class, US Army

We were attacked on our fort in Mosul by mortar blasts everywhere.

Toni Rogers – Specialist, US Army

I got hit with an IED.

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They are spouses who cared for their families while the battles raged overseas.

Milena Mateo-Ortiz – Spouse Scholarship Recipient

It doesn’t come with a brochure that tells you how to do it.

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They served our country well, and now they are fighting new battles.

Barbara Huntington – Spouse Scholarship Recipient

Now that my husband’s been wounded and is disabled, I now become the breadwinner so-to-speak.

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But now, there is hope for those facing new challenges at home. The CTU Wounded Warrior Scholarship for wounded warriors, veterans, and their spouses. A program through Colorado Technical University.

Daniel Casey Perpignan – Staff Sergeant, US Army

It’s a great opportunity to go forward in life and career.

Tony Taguba – Major General, US Army (Retired)

Just to think that they’re able to gain such an opportunity towards a college education is a wonderful value to them.

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The scholarship is open to all wounded warriors, veterans, and their spouses who have served in the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a full scholarship, meaning all tuition is paid. The scholarship includes all course materials and a laptop computer to create an environment where access to education is easy.

Jim Hendrickson – Executive Director, CTU Wounded Warrior Scholarship

Because this is an online degree, this program is able to move with them so they don’t have to worry about trying to get to a classroom with the brick and mortar school.

Dorothea Hooper – Sergeant First Class, US Army

I can log-in at any time. It’s not like I have to be at a class at a certain time every day.

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The university offers online degrees in the fields of business, criminal justice, information technology, health science, computer technology and more. The simple scholarship application can usually be filled out in about two hours. A willingness to work hard and a desire to learn are the two first steps in this process.

Lizandro Mateo-Ortiz – Sergeant First Class, US Army

If you have the degree and you have the background, you’re marketable. It’s just that much easier.

Toni Rogers – Specialist, US Army

It gives me opportunity to achieve my college goal in getting an associates or even a BA.

Jim Hendrickson – Executive Director, CTU Wounded Warrior Scholarship

CTU is one of the few schools that offers wounded warrior scholarships. And what I hope comes of this is that other schools will see this as an opportunity for them to also contribute wounded warrior scholarships.

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Veterans and spouses of wounded warriors are encouraged to apply.

Barbara Huntington – Spouse Scholarship Recipient

As a military wife, I have never had the opportunity to pursue a career, ever. This gives me an opportunity to go into a career field where I can actually have a career and not just a job - and be able to provide for my family.

Kate Lynn Jordan – Spouse Scholarship Recipient

The scholarship means that I’m going to be able to help him as much as I can in the future. As for how much he’s helped us, I kind of think I owe him.

Martin Pate – Command Sergeant Major, US Army (Retired)

This is awesome. To have the spouses involved, it brought tears to my eyes because I look at the reaction of the young soldiers and young men and women who received the scholarship.

Tony Taguba – Major General, US Army (Retired)

Just to be giving a scholarship for our warriors and our spouses – gosh, you know it’s priceless.

Toni Rogers – Specialist, US Army

It’s something I would’ve never dreamed of coming true. It shows my daughter that I can excel and gives her a good role model.

Dorothea Hooper – Sergeant First Class, US Army

It’s helped my confidence level a great deal. And it keeps me from thinking about my injuries, or like when I am in pain, or when I’m going through something – it takes my mind off of it.

Danielle Trotto – Spouse Scholarship Recipient

Do it, honestly. Don’t be afraid to do it, don’t be afraid to write out what you truly feel because that’s what I did.

Tony Taguba – Major General, US Army (Retired)

Apply. You have to tell yourself that I am college material. I mean, don’t squander it.

Danielle Trotto – Spouse Scholarship Recipient

Don’t be afraid – just go for it.

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By the end of 2011, the program will have awarded 200 scholarships worth $4 million.