The Institute board members and members of the local community gathered at the Old Capital Club in downtown Monterey to mingle with U.S. military veterans studying at MIIS and to hear keynote speaker General Mike Carns.
Attendees learned more about the Veterans Scholarship Fund at the Institute and the role veterans play at the Institute.
The MIIS community includes students from all over the world, future diplomats, translators and business people. What many don’t realize is that the community includes a large contingent of military veterans. This fall, nearly 60 veterans of the US armed forces are enrolled in classes and make up around 8% of the student body.
Veterans bring maturity, sophistication, and a unique understanding of the world to every classroom discussion and group project in which they participate.
MIIS partners with the federal Yellow Ribbon program, part of the post-9/11 New GI Bill, to cover 100% of tuition costs for qualifying veterans and their spouses, one of the few graduate institutions to do so. To date, MIIS has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship support to hundreds of veterans.
MIIS has been named a Military Friendly School for three consecutive years, signifying that we rank in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military veterans.
The Institute is an ideal place for veterans to pursue degrees because of the local military-friendly community and course offerings in international policy, nonproliferation, terrorism studies, foreign languages and international business—areas where many veterans already have experience and competence.
In recognition of the reality that benefits such as the Yellow Ribbon program are subject to future cuts or phase-outs, MIIS launched the Veterans Scholarship Fund last year to succeed the Yellow Ribbon program by providing partial tuition support to future veterans and their dependents.
To learn more about the Veterans Scholarship, click here.