§ 2531. Repealed. 1959, No. 252, § 9.
§ 2531a. Scholarships; award by senators
(a) Each state senator each year may award scholarships of not more than $300.00 nor less than $100.00 each and totaling not more than $3,000.00 to qualified, worthy and needy applicants. Each scholarship, certified by the state senator on forms furnished by the school, when presented in part payment of tuition is tenable:
(1) at any university or college in Vermont which is accredited by the New England association of schools and colleges;
(2) at any institution in this state from which a student can obtain a degree in law;
(3) at any accredited school of nursing in Vermont;
(4) at any accredited graduate school outside the state if the graduate degree to be obtained is not available within the state; or
(5) at any accredited graduate school, school of law or school of nursing outside the state if the student has applied for admission to a comparable Vermont school or institution and has not been accepted.
(b) When the scholarship certificate is submitted by the college to him, the commissioner of finance and management shall issue his warrant to the college in payment of the scholarship. (1959, No. 252, §§ 1, 2; amended 1963, No. 234; 1965, No. 198, § 10; 1973, No. 262 (Adj. Sess.), § 57; 1975, No. 202 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. March 27, 1976; 1983, No. 195 (Adj. Sess.), § 5(b).)
§ 2531b. Eligibility
A candidate for a senatorial scholarship must present evidence in his application that (1) he has been a resident of Vermont for at least two years; (2) that he has been accepted for admission or is a student in good standing at one of the institutions eligible under subsection (a) of section 2531a of this title; and (3) that he is in need of financial assistance in order to continue or pursue his studies at such institution. (1959, No. 252, § 3.)
§ 2531c. Application
A student eligible under the provisions of section 2531b of this title shall make application for such a scholarship on forms to be furnished by the admission officer of each eligible institution. (1959, No. 252, § 4.)
§ 2531d. Processing
The admission officer of each eligible institution shall give due publicity to the availability of scholarships under sections 2531a-2531f of this title. He shall receive and process each application and rank them in order of the merit and need of the applicants. The admission officer shall then send to each senator the list or lists so prepared of applicants from his county with such supporting material as will assist the senator in making his award on the basis of need and merit. (1959, No. 252, § 5.)
§ 2531e. Appointment
Upon receipt of the lists from the admission officer each senator shall award the scholarships as provided under subsection (a) of section 2531a of this title. (1959, No. 252, § 6.)
§ 2531f. Repealed. 2009, No. 33, § 83(g)(5).
§§ 2531gRepealed. 1965, No. 198, § 12.
§ 2531h. Repealed. 1975, No. 202 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. March 27, 1976.
§ 2532. Repealed. 1959, No. 252, § 9.
§ 2533. Repealed. 1965, No. 198, § 12.
§ 2534. Repealed. 1959, No. 252, § 9.
§ 2535. Town scholarships
A town, at any legal meeting of the voters thereof, may appropriate from its general funds, money to pay all or part of the tuition and incidental expenses of one or more students from the town in any institution of higher learning. When a town makes such an appropriation, a committee consisting of the superintendent of the district wherein the town is located, the chairman of the board of school directors, the chairman of the prudential committee, if any, in such town and the principals of each high school and academy in such town, or if there is not a high school or academy therein, the principal of the high school usually attended by the students thereof shall constitute a board of selection. On or before August 1 following such appropriation, the board shall designate, on the basis of scholarship and need, the number of students authorized by such appropriation. The choice of the institution shall be made by the respective students so designated. (Amended 1975, No. 100, § 2.)
§ 2536. Repealed. 2007, No. 154 (Adj. Sess.), § 6(12).
§ 2537. Armed services scholarships
(a) It shall be the policy of the state of Vermont to provide scholarships to be known as the armed services scholarships for education beyond high school for:
(1) children and spouses of members in good standing of the Vermont national guard who since 1955 have been killed, or who since January 1, 2001 have died, while on active or inactive duty in accordance with specifications herewith;
(2) children and spouses of members in good standing of the active reserve forces of the United States who since January 1, 2001 have died while on active or inactive duty and who were Vermont residents at the time of death; and
(3) children and spouses of members of the active armed forces of the United States who since January 1, 2001 have died while on active duty and who, at the time of death, were either Vermont residents, nonresident members of the Vermont national guard who were mobilized to active duty, or nonresident active reserve force members of a Vermont based reserve unit who were mobilized to active duty. A child or spouse of a deceased nonresident member of the active reserve forces shall be ineligible for an armed services scholarship if he or she is eligible for a death benefit from the last state of residence of the deceased parent or spouse, that helps finance attendance at a postsecondary institution in that state.
(1) "Vermont National Guard" as used in this section will be deemed to include Vermont army national guard and Vermont air national guard.
(2) "Active duty for Vermont National Guard and for active reserve forces" means full-time duty in the active military service of the United States and includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, and attendance, while in the active military service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the secretary of the military department concerned.
(3) "Inactive duty" means training performed by members of a reserve component while not on active duty and includes unit training assemblies, training periods, military flight periods and other equivalent duty and while on state duty on order of the governor or the governor's representative.
(4) "Armed forces of the United States" means the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
(5) "Child" means a natural or adoptive child of a member of the Vermont National Guard or armed forces, and includes a stepchild. (Added 1967, No. 199, § 1; amended 1973, No. 233 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. April 4, 1974; 2003, No. 21, § 1; 2003, No. 127 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; 2011, No. 149 (Adj. Sess.), § 7.)
§ 2538. Amount, duration, residence
(a) An armed services scholarship shall pay tuition expenses for an approved program at a Vermont postsecondary institution leading to a certificate or degree other than a postgraduate degree as follows:
(1) tuition at a Vermont university, college, or technical institute supported in whole or in part by public funds appropriated from the state treasury; or
(2) tuition expenses at a Vermont postsecondary institution up to an amount equal to the in-state tuition fee for that year at the Vermont state colleges.
(b) An armed services scholarship shall be tenable for a maximum of 130 academic credits or less as may be necessary to complete requirements for graduation.
(c) A person eligible and applying for an armed forces scholarship shall apply for a Federal Pell Grant. The amount of the armed services scholarship awarded shall be the remaining tuition costs to be paid pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, following receipt of a Pell Grant. (Added 1967, No. 199, § 2; amended 1973, No. 38; 2003, No. 21, § 3; 2003, No. 127 (Adj. Sess.), § 4.)
§ 2539. Application, award, renewal
(a) Applications for armed services scholarships shall be processed as follows:
(1) for a child or spouse of a member of the Vermont national guard or of the active reserve forces of the United States, by the Vermont adjutant general who shall verify the eligibility of the applicant as provided in section 2537 of this title; and
(2) for a child or spouse of a member of the armed forces of the United States, by the office of veterans' affairs who shall verify the eligibility of the applicant as provided in section 2537 of this title.
(b) On being notified of the applicant's matriculation at an institution as specified in subsection 2538(a) of this title, the adjutant general or office of veterans' affairs shall certify eligibility to the commissioner of finance and management who shall provide funds to the institution from the armed services scholarship fund established in section 2541 of this title.
(c) Application for renewal of an armed services scholarship shall be made annually with written endorsement by the proper officer of the institution attended that the holder of the scholarship has maintained satisfactory scholastic standing. On receipt of this certification, the adjutant general or office of veterans' affairs shall forward it to the commissioner of finance and management who shall provide funds to the institution for the ensuing year from the armed services scholarship fund established in section 2541 of this title. (Added 1967, No. 199, § 3; amended 2003, No. 127 (Adj. Sess.), § 5.)
§ 2540. Repealed. 2003, No. 127 (Adj. Sess.), § 7.
§ 2541. Armed services scholarship fund
(a) An armed services scholarship fund is established in the office of the state treasurer to comprise appropriations made by the general assembly.
(b) The state treasurer may invest the monies in the fund.
(c) Monies in the fund shall be used to fund armed services scholarships established in section 2537 of this title.
(d) All balances in the fund at the end of any fiscal year shall be carried forward and used only for the purposes set forth in this section. Earnings of the fund which are not withdrawn pursuant to this section shall remain in the fund. (Added 2003, No. 127 (Adj. Sess.), § 6.)