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Additional funds granted to scholarship program for children of veterans

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By Angela Watson | Feb 2, 2020

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Scholarships for Children of Wartime Veterans recently received the $2.4 million it asked for last year after it was held up in a budget battle. 

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) said that veterans and their families are important to North Carolina and that higher-education scholarships are a meaningful way the state can support their service. The scholarship is offered by the Veterans Affairs Department, which receives a total of $9.19 million from the federal government. 

The department received its base amount at the start of the fiscal year, and the additional $2.4 million earmarked for the scholarship was linked to the state budget that Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed last summer. Consequentially, students were notified they would not receive their full awards because officials would be forced to disburse scholarship money from the base amount. 

“Borrowing from next semester’s funding is only a short-term solution,” Cooper said at the time. “It is vital that legislators fully fund these scholarships for the year.” 

Children 25 years and younger of disabled or deceased war veterans are eligible for the eight-semester scholarships. 

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