THE AIKEN AUGUSTA WOUNDED WARRIOR GOLF CLASSIC
BRIDGE THE GAP
VETERAN SCHOLARSHIP
Overview: Each year Aiken Technical College in partnership with the Aiken-Augusta Wounded
Warrior Charity Golf Classic Committee awards several scholarships to Military Veteran/Active
Duty students. These scholarships are merit based and documented financial need based. Awards
shall be given to students based on merit, a documented financial need, or both factors. However,
all these scholarships take in to account the student’s honorable military record of service and
potential capacity to continue his or her success as a civilian. Students may receive this
scholarship more than once.
The efforts of dedicated men and women, mostly veterans themselves, raise scholarship dollars
through the Aiken-Augusta Wounded Warrior Charity Golf Classic and donate these funds to the
Aiken Technical College for the benefit of the Aiken Technical College military or veteran
students.
Purpose: The Bridge the Gap Scholarship provides military veteran students with funds to
support their education goals while attending the Aiken Technical College. It is the desire of the
Aiken-Augusta Wounded Warriors Charity Golf Classic Board that these funds reward veteran
students for their previous military service (merit), or support the same students who might have
financial difficulty. Overall, the Aiken-Augusta Wounded Warriors Charity Golf Classic Board
desires to increase the retention and graduation success of the scholarship recipients.
The Post 9/11 VA Education and Training GI Bill is an excellent benefit earned by military
service members. However, this benefit is not all encompassing and the Bridge the Gap
Scholarship hopes to fill critical financial gaps allowing the recipient to stay in and complete
their degree. Thus, these funds can be used for any purpose supporting degree completion as
determined by the scholarship recipient.
Application Dates: November 1 March 1 each year
(Awards will be given out in April of each year)
Selection Criteria:
1. Enrolled at Aiken Technical College as a Full-Time Student with a GPA of at least 2.5.
2. Military Veteran and or Active Duty Service Member must attach a copy of their DD214
or Active Duty Military I.D Card to this packet.
3. Preference given to veteran/service member with Service Connected Disability.
Applicant must attach a copy of their Veterans Affairs Rating Letter, if applicable.
4. Applicant must attach their most current Aiken Technical College Transcript.
5. Applications must be turned in to Ms. Deborah Key, Veterans Enrollment Service
Advisor in the Enrollment Services Office by the deadline date of March 1.
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First time entering college: y/n
The AAWWCGC Bridge the Gap Scholarship Application contains 4 sections of questions:
Part I: Tell us about yourself
Part II: Your academic plan for success
Part III: Merit Based or Financial Based Questions
Part IV: Your life plan for success
Part I.
Tell Us About Yourself:
Name: ______________________________________________________________________
(First) (Middle) (Last)
Address: _________________________________________________________________
(Street)
_________________________________________________________________________
(City) (State) (Zip)
Home Phone: ____________________________Cell Phone: _______________________
Email Address: _________________________________
Major: ________________________________________
I will be a: Freshman ______ Sophomore _____ ATC Student ID No. __________
Please answer the questions from each of the categories below using a short essay format
(between 75 to 150 words).
Part II. Your academic plan for success:
Your Field of Specialization and Academic Plans
Discuss how your interest in your field or major developed and describe your
experience in the field such as
your military service or other work and what you
gained from this involvement.
What do you think your chosen field will be like in the next 10 years?
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What is your academic plan?
Provide details concerning your current and anticipated coursework/credits for
your degree completion
Detail your GI Bill usage plan (how many months of benefits will you use to
complete your plan?
Current Events and Social Issues (Choose one question to answer)
What do you consider the single most important consideration towards a veteran’s
success? Why?
Pick a controversial problem related to veterans’ reintegration into the community and
suggest a solution.
Part III. Merit and/or Financial Needs Based Questions
Determine if you would like to be considered for a Merit Based Scholarship or a Financial Based
or a combined Merit/Financial Based Scholarship and answer the questions from the appropriate
section. Please choose the appropriate section for the scholarship you are applying. If you
would like to be considered for the Merit/Financial Combined Scholarship, please answer the
questions from both sections.
Merit Based Scholarship answer all 4 questions
Personal Achievements (Merit)
Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability both in and out of school.
Discuss a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart.
Describe your most meaningful achievements and how they relate to your field of study.
Why are you a good candidate to receive this award?
Financial Based Scholarship answer all 3 questions for
Financial
State any special personal or family circumstances affecting your need for financial
assistance.
How have you been financing your college education and how will this scholarship
assist?
From a financial standpoint, what impact would this scholarship have on your
education?
Part IV. Your life plan for success
Background and Influences (Choose 2 questions to answer from the 4 questions below)
Pick an experience from your own life and explain how it has influenced your
development.
Who in your life has been your biggest influence and why?
How has your military background affected the way you see the world?
How has your military experience contributed to who you are today?
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Personal Essay
In 500 words or less, please describe your plans and goals. Use the three points below to guide
you in your response.
Future Plans and Goals
1. Briefly describe your long- and short-term goals.
2. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
3. How will a college education support your goals and plans for success?
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