SVC partners with scholar program

BENNINGTON - Southern Vermont College (SVC) has partnered with the United States Marine Corps' Leadership Scholar Program (LSP) to promote academic excellence for US Marines at the collegiate level.

The LSP helps to identify those Marines who qualify for application to the College's Veterans' Scholar Program and then connects them both to the program and to Southern Vermont's Office of Admissions in order to begin the application process.

"Transitioning to college is also a topic covered in the Marine Corps' Transition Readiness Seminar and College/University Pathway," said Beth E. Morgan, the Director of LSP at the Headquarters Marine Corps Marine and Family Programs Division. "Our goal with our LSP is to help Marines who are interested in attending college find a way to get into the best college they can."

The College and LSP work with honorably discharged members of the USMC, as well as reserve Marines, to ensure that all application materials are submitted by the set deadline for review by a panel to determine acceptance. Applicants must be an active duty or reserve member of the Corp when applying, and their service must be completed by the beginning of the school semester for which they are trying to enroll.

A recommendation from the member's chain of command, along with high school and any college transcripts, are all necessary for proper application. "Southern Vermont College is honored to be participating in the Leadership Scholar Program," said Jeremy Gibbons, SVC Director of Admissions. "The LSP is doing wonderful work in helping Marines reach their higher education goals, and I look forward to SVC joining in these efforts."

SVC joins Norwich University, Saint Michael's College and the University of Vermont as the only schools in the state to partner with the Leadership Scholar Program; there are over 200 colleges and universities across the country that also work with the Marine Corps' LSP.

Founded in 1926, Southern Vermont College offers a career-enhancing liberal arts education with 17 academic degree programs for more than 500 students. SVC recognizes the importance of educating students for the workplace of the twenty-first century and as successful leaders in their communities. SVC's athletic teams are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC). The College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has been designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Community-Engagement Classification institution.

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