Vet scholar

BridgeValley Community and Technical College's Veterans Affairs Office has received a first-time scholarship from the American Legion. Jacob Mullins, left, a veteran and a cyber security major at BridgeValley, receives his scholarship from Andrea Hammock, a local American Legion representative.

The BridgeValley Community and Technical College Veterans Affairs Office recently received a one-time scholarship in the amount of $1,000 from the American Legion in South Charleston. The funds, left in the will of a veteran and American Legion member who wished to remain anonymous, were directed to go to a veteran at BridgeValley who needed it the most.

After much research, it was discovered that Jacob Mullins, a veteran and a cyber security major at BridgeValley, was receiving just 50 percent of the funds he needed from Veterans Affairs to cover his tuition and fees, in addition to receiving no financial aid.

Upon returning to the United States from Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq only a week before classes were set to begin, Mullins didn't have enough time to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to receive assistance to help pay for his education, and was unsure how he would pay the remainder of what he owed BridgeValley to complete his courses.

Based on his circumstances and service, the BridgeValley Veteran's Affairs Office selected him as the scholarship recipient, and it was presented to him by Andrea Hammock, a local American Legion representative.

"Given his extraordinary circumstances, we felt he was the perfect candidate to receive this scholarship," said Hammock.

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