Illinois Military Veterans Offered Free MBA Tuition From the University of Illinois

Mar 03, 2006, 00:00 ET from College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    CHICAGO, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The College of Business at the University
 of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has partnered with the State of
 Illinois to award up to 110 new academic scholarships for Illinois-based
 military veterans and active-duty military personnel. The scholarships offer
 veterans an unprecedented opportunity to receive free tuition while earning an
 MBA degree from one of the top universities in the US.
     By combining the University's Military Scholarship Program with the
 Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG), the program offers qualified and eligible
 applicants an opportunity to earn an MBA tuition-free through the College's
 20-month Executive MBA Program located at the Illini Center in downtown
 Chicago or the MBA Programs offered in Urbana-Champaign.  Applicants must
 qualify for regular admission to the MBA Program and satisfy IVG residency,
 duty service and eligibility unit requirements.
     The IVG Program is funded by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission
 and provides up to 120 units for tuition of eligible students. According to
 Robert van der Hooning, Assistant Dean and Director of the Executive MBA
 Program in Chicago, the College will make this a cost-free opportunity for
 qualified and eligible candidates by waiving tuition and program costs. The
 Executive MBA Program consists primarily of classes that meet every other
 weekend (Fridays/Saturdays) in Chicago and is designed exclusively for mid- to
 senior-level managers and professionals. The program is valued at $74,000 and
 includes tuition, a trip to China, mandatory fees, books, meals, and lodging.
     "This is a unique opportunity for the citizens of Illinois and our
 university to honor our men and women in uniform," said van der Hooning.  The
 University wants to help soldiers and veterans put their career on a fast
 track without the burden of student loans. I recently met with a returning
 group of marines from the 2/24th Battalion who fought on the front lines in
 Iraq and Afghanistan. The enemy named them the Mad Ghosts for their fighting
 prowess and bravery. The experience was overwhelming.  At that moment, I
 realized that saying 'thank you' was not enough. We had to do something
 tangible and significant, and this program is a step in the right direction."
     "The IVG made it possible for me to earn my MBA from the University of
 Illinois," said Illinois resident Steve deMilliano, a former F-15 combat
 fighter pilot in the US Air Force.
     deMilliano, who earned his MBA from UIUC in 2005, also appreciated the
 opportunity to participate in a curriculum that involves working in China.
 "When I discovered that all students in this program have the opportunity to
 consult with a company in China on a real business issue during my
 International Business course, I considered myself extremely fortunate to be
 involved in this program."
     This program builds upon a partial financial scholarship that was first
 offered to Illinois veterans by UIUC in 2005, and was expanded to cover full
 tuition based on the demand.
     "The men and women of our military are the best trained in the world. They
 can now combine that training with the knowledge that they will receive from
 this program," said Lt. Governor Pat Quinn. "I would like to salute the
 University of Illinois College of Business for introducing this program that
 will make these brave Service members the best in the nation."
     US Representative Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), who sponsored the Welcome Home GI
 Bill last year, is an enthusiastic supporter of the IVG.
     "Illinois GIs have served humbly in the face of terror and insurgency
 across the globe. And when these young people return home, they need the
 assistance of institutions such as the University of Illinois so that they can
 finish their education and get on with the lives they deserve," said Emanuel.
 "This program offers the opportunity to open the doors to higher education for
 these brave men and women."
     For more information on the Executive MBA Program, visit
 http://www.mba.illinois.edu/veterans , or call van der Hooning at
 312-575-7905.  For more information on the College of Business and programs in
 Urbana-Champaign visit http://www.business.uiuc.edu .
 
 

SOURCE College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    CHICAGO, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The College of Business at the University
 of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has partnered with the State of
 Illinois to award up to 110 new academic scholarships for Illinois-based
 military veterans and active-duty military personnel. The scholarships offer
 veterans an unprecedented opportunity to receive free tuition while earning an
 MBA degree from one of the top universities in the US.
     By combining the University's Military Scholarship Program with the
 Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG), the program offers qualified and eligible
 applicants an opportunity to earn an MBA tuition-free through the College's
 20-month Executive MBA Program located at the Illini Center in downtown
 Chicago or the MBA Programs offered in Urbana-Champaign.  Applicants must
 qualify for regular admission to the MBA Program and satisfy IVG residency,
 duty service and eligibility unit requirements.
     The IVG Program is funded by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission
 and provides up to 120 units for tuition of eligible students. According to
 Robert van der Hooning, Assistant Dean and Director of the Executive MBA
 Program in Chicago, the College will make this a cost-free opportunity for
 qualified and eligible candidates by waiving tuition and program costs. The
 Executive MBA Program consists primarily of classes that meet every other
 weekend (Fridays/Saturdays) in Chicago and is designed exclusively for mid- to
 senior-level managers and professionals. The program is valued at $74,000 and
 includes tuition, a trip to China, mandatory fees, books, meals, and lodging.
     "This is a unique opportunity for the citizens of Illinois and our
 university to honor our men and women in uniform," said van der Hooning.  The
 University wants to help soldiers and veterans put their career on a fast
 track without the burden of student loans. I recently met with a returning
 group of marines from the 2/24th Battalion who fought on the front lines in
 Iraq and Afghanistan. The enemy named them the Mad Ghosts for their fighting
 prowess and bravery. The experience was overwhelming.  At that moment, I
 realized that saying 'thank you' was not enough. We had to do something
 tangible and significant, and this program is a step in the right direction."
     "The IVG made it possible for me to earn my MBA from the University of
 Illinois," said Illinois resident Steve deMilliano, a former F-15 combat
 fighter pilot in the US Air Force.
     deMilliano, who earned his MBA from UIUC in 2005, also appreciated the
 opportunity to participate in a curriculum that involves working in China.
 "When I discovered that all students in this program have the opportunity to
 consult with a company in China on a real business issue during my
 International Business course, I considered myself extremely fortunate to be
 involved in this program."
     This program builds upon a partial financial scholarship that was first
 offered to Illinois veterans by UIUC in 2005, and was expanded to cover full
 tuition based on the demand.
     "The men and women of our military are the best trained in the world. They
 can now combine that training with the knowledge that they will receive from
 this program," said Lt. Governor Pat Quinn. "I would like to salute the
 University of Illinois College of Business for introducing this program that
 will make these brave Service members the best in the nation."
     US Representative Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), who sponsored the Welcome Home GI
 Bill last year, is an enthusiastic supporter of the IVG.
     "Illinois GIs have served humbly in the face of terror and insurgency
 across the globe. And when these young people return home, they need the
 assistance of institutions such as the University of Illinois so that they can
 finish their education and get on with the lives they deserve," said Emanuel.
 "This program offers the opportunity to open the doors to higher education for
 these brave men and women."
     For more information on the Executive MBA Program, visit
 http://www.mba.illinois.edu/veterans , or call van der Hooning at
 312-575-7905.  For more information on the College of Business and programs in
 Urbana-Champaign visit http://www.business.uiuc.edu .
 
 SOURCE  College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign