Alternate Sources

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION - If either of your parents is a military veteran, you may be eligible for assistance. Contact the VA for information.

EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS - Check with local community groups, your parents' employers, or religious or service organizations which may be sponsoring scholarships. Many are based on abilities such as athletic skill or artistic talent and not just academic criteria. 

PARENTS' PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT - Various companies give aid to employees' children or dependents. 

ACADEMIC COMMON MARKET - This program is helping students in West Virginia cut the costs of undergraduate and graduate study at out-of-state institutions. This arrangement among 14 southern states allows participating students to pay in-state tuition while studying outside their home states. 

If your college major is not offered in a West Virginia school, such as Veterinary Medicine, for example, contact the West Virginia Committee on Higher Education for a list of majors and colleges in the Common Market. The address is Academic Common Market, State College and University Systems of West Virginia, 1018 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, WV 25301. Phone (304) 558-0262. 

APPRENTICESHIPS - Training systems for learning the skills and knowledge for an occupation. For information contact--WV State Director US Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 550 Eagan Street, Room 302, Charleston, WV 25301. Phone (304) 347-5141. 

CO-OP EDUCATION PROGRAMS – Programs in the United States are listed in the Need a Lift book, Section IV, available in senior high school guidance offices. 
ADVANCED PLACEMENT TESTING - College credits earned by examination. Enrollment in AP Courses is recommended. Contact your guidance counselor. A testing fee is required. Tests are given for two weeks in May

CLEP TESTING - College credits earned by examination. Contact guidance counselor. A testing fee is required. CLEP Tests are administered at Concord College on specific dates. 

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION - Financial assistance and program counseling are available for students with handicap; testing and medical records required. Contact - phone (304) 425-1256; P.O. Box 270, Princeton, WV 24701. 

ROTC PROGRAMS - Information may be obtained by writing:

U.S. Air Force ROTC/RRO, Recruiting Division, Maxwell AFB, AL 36223
U.S. Army Cadet Command, HQ TRADOC, Attn: ATCC-OM, Ft. Monroe, VA 24651
U.S. Navy, Commander, U.S. Opportunity Information Center, P.O. Box 5000, Clifton, NJ 07012
U.S. Marines, Commandant of the USMC, Code MRRO-6, HQ, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, DC 20380-0001
Deadline for admissions to these programs-- Dec. 15 of your senior year

MILITARY ACADEMIES - Information may be obtained by writing:

Director of Cadet Admissions, U.S. Air Force Academy , 2304 Cadet Dr., Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80840-5025; call-719-333-2520
Admissions Office, U.S. Military Academy , 606 Thayer Road, West Point, NY 10996-9902; call-914-938-4041
Director of Admission, U.S. Coast Guard Academy , 15 Mohegan Av., New London, CT 06320; call-1-800-883-USCG
Admissions Office, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy , Steamboat Rd., Kings Point, NY 11024-16999; call-516-773-5391 or 1-800-732-6267
Candidate Guidance Office, U.S. Naval Academy,  117 Decatur Road, Annapolis, MD 21402; phone 1-800-638-9156
You will need the following addresses if applying for a nomination to one of the U.S. Academies: Robert Byrd, United States Senate, Washington, DC 20510; John D. Rockefeller IV, United States Senate, 724 Hart Building, Washington, DC 20510 or 405 Capitol Street, Suite 680, Charleston, WV 25301; Nick J. Rahall, House of Representatives, 400 Cannon Building, Washington, DC 20515.

For a complete listing of sources of educational assistance for military veterans, their dependents, survivors and dependents, check Section II of the Need a Lift book available in high school guidance offices.

WEST VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD ASSOCIATION - Offers a $500 scholarship to daughters/sons of members of the WVNG Association; deadline - April 1 ; contact - National Guard Association of WV, 1116 Smith Street, Suite 207, Charleston, WV 25301