Saturday, September 17, 2011

Laverne Noyes Scholarship for descendents of WWI veterans


If you know someone whose ancester served in the military during World War I, alert them to this scholarship. It’s available only at a few dozen American colleges and universities, but could provide some much-needed financial assistance.

Generally students must be considered needy to qualify, but these days that’s getting easier! The ancestor must have died in service or been honorably discharged. You must be able to document both the ancestor’s service, and the student’s blood relationship.

See http://senioruniv.blogspot.com/2011/09/list-of-schools-that-offer-laverne.html for a list of schools that offer the Laverne Noyes Scholarship.

Inquiries should be addressed to the your school’s financial aid office.

15 comments:

  1. I am interested to know if this scholarship is being awarded at Kansas State University any longer. I am interested in my son applying. Please advise

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    1. See http://senioruniv.blogspot.com/2011/09/list-of-schools-that-offer-laverne.html for a list of schools that offer the Laverne Noyes Scholarship.
      You will need the enlistment and honorable discharge papers of the WW I qualifying veteran family member. Then use subsequent birth records to prove lineage, as it is available to all of the qualifying descendants of the qualifying World War I veteran.

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  3. I noticed that there are no colleges listed in Georgia. I would be interested if the scholarship could be awarded to Savannah College of Art & Design? I am interested in having my son applying. His grandmother went to college at Iowa State on this scholarship back in the 50's I spoke with SCAD and they said that I should contact you. Please advise.

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    1. See http://senioruniv.blogspot.com/2011/09/list-of-schools-that-offer-laverne.html for a list of schools that offer the Laverne Noyes Scholarship.

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  4. we can trace our ancestor to the war through a draft registration card but have found out 80% of the service records were destroyed in a massive fire in 1973...how do we prove his service now? thanks!

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    1. You will need the enlistment and honorable discharge papers of the WW I qualifying veteran family member. Then use subsequent birth records to prove lineage, as it is available to all of the qualifying descendants of the qualifying World War I veteran.

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  5. Under the will of the late La Verne Noyes, a portion of the income of his estate is available at 48 colleges and university (mostly in the Midwest) for payment of educational expenses of deserving students in need of financial assistance. Originally recipients had to be citizens of the United States of America and must have enlisted and served in World War I in the Army, Navy or Marine Corps of the United States of America prior to May 12, 1918.

    1. Present a Copy of serviceman’s Discharge Certificate. Verification of applicant’s relationship to serviceman.
    2. Provide notarized statement from parent attesting to
    relationship or provide copies of all birth certificates
    necessary to illustrate students’ relationship to service
    person.
    3. Verification that one of the following criteria is
    met:
    a. Service began before May 12, 1918.
    b. Service was overseas during WWI.
    c. Serviceman died in service during WWI.

    4. Recipients must be US Citizens who are the direct descendants of an American Army or Navy veteran of World War I, and whose service was terminated by death or an honorable discharge.
    The purpose of La Verne Noyes establishing these scholarships was “to express his gratitude to, and in a slight degree to reward, those who ventured the supreme sacrifice of life for this country and for mankind in this war and also to aid in keeping alive, for generations to come, the spirit of unselfish, patriotic devotions which no free government can long endure.”

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  6. From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

    http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/docs/2010TeacherGuide.pdf

    The LaVerne Noyes Scholarship is awarded on an
    annual basis to direct blood descendants of Veterans
    who served in the U.S. Army, Navy or Marine Corps
    in World War I and whose service was terminated
    by death or honorable discharge. The Veteran must
    have fulfilled at least one of the following criteria:
    (a) Served on active duty overseas between April 6,
    1917, and November 11, 1918, (b) Died in service
    between April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1918,
    (c) Served at least 6 months on non combat duty
    between April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1918. A
    scholarship recipient must be enrolled full-time in a
    degree-seeking undergraduate program. This scholarship
    is awarded on an annual basis. The dollar
    amount of the scholarship will be determined by
    the total number of eligible recipients and the funds
    available from the endowment each year. Please
    contact your university’s tuition assistance office for
    information.

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  7. Where do we get the application. And when is the deadline

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    1. Contact the school that offers it and that you are interested in.

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  8. Does a great great uncle who died in combat in ww1 qualify me?

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    1. Unfortunately no. The recipient needs to be a direct descendent (grandchild, great-grandchild, great-great.....) of the WW1 veteran. My daughter received this scholarship because my grandmother (!) was a WW1 Navy yeoman. I believe also adoptive descendents are ineligible - it must be a direct line blood relative.

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  9. Are these the only colleges? Is there any way we could get a scholarship for Drake University? My son is a descendant of a WWI vet, but plans to attend Drake University in Des Moines, IA

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  10. Do you have an updated school list for W W 1 scholarships?

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