A program called Operation Diploma will provide Indiana University with more than $52,000 to assist students in the military. The Military Family Research Institution, which began at Purdue University, gave grants to four IU campuses, including IUPUI, IU Southeast, IU East and the Hoosiers‘ home campus in Bloomington, Indiana.
Indiana University has specific plans to use the grant for “virtual veterans’ centers.” The program will allow student veterans and military personnel to access information about financial aid, benefits and other sensitive information anytime.
The campus that can benefit most from the funding is right here in Indianapolis. IUPUI has the highest number of enrolled military personnel and veterans in the state. The colleges will be using the money to improve academic success for students in the military and veterans. Military Research Institution grants are made possible by the Lilly Endowment, an Indianapolis private business that stems from Eli Lilly and Company.
Twenty-one Indiana colleges have benefited from the Military Family Research Institution grants, which total more than $270,000. It was reported that about 7,500 Indiana veterans benefited from the GI Bill in 2008, which was designed to relieve the financial burdens of college. Together with the new 2009 GI Bill and the Military Family Research Insitution, military personnel and veterans can afford and finish college in the Crossroads of America.
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