July 25, 2007 – Two Columbus Technical College students have been awarded the HERO (Helping Educate Reservists and their Offspring) Scholarship in the amount of $700 each. Students Monty Eller (Internet Specialist Degree) and Roberto Martinez (Management Supervisory Development Diploma) each received $700 for Spring Quarter, 2007. The extra money helped Eller and Martinez put their minds at ease about educational expenses.
"The HERO Scholarship definitely helped ease the pressure of getting back into a normal routine after being deployed," Eller said. "I can more comfortably concentrate on my studies knowing the bills are being paid and my family is provided for."
"The HERO Scholarship helps us balance out the difference of the benefits paid to full time active duty personnel and National Guardsmen," Martinez said "It makes us feel like we’re being rewarded too. It helped a great deal, especially paying for my books. I’m a full time employee, full time father and part time soldier so offsetting expenses really means a lot."
The HERO Scholarship is regulated by the Georgia Student Finance Commission and provides scholarship assistance to military personnel who served in combat zones or to the children of these soldiers. In order to qualify, the soldier/student must be a Georgia resident who is an active member of the Georgia National Guard or U.S. Military Reserves who was deployed outside the United States on active duty service in a combat zone on or after May 3, 2005.
Eller and Martinez both served in Iraq and are eligible for this scholarship for subsequent quarters up to $2,000 per academic school year. For more information on the HERO Scholarship, visit the Georgia Student Finance Commission at www.gsfc.org.