Upper Iowa University president visits Iowa Veterans Home

Serving one’s country in the armed services has been a commitment of many an Upper Iowa University student from its founding in 1857 to World War I to the present War on Terror.

Now, under the leadership President William Duffy, the four-year liberal arts college in Fayette has established a Military Family Fund, of which $65,000 has been reserved for scholarships to eligible applicants, either those on active duty or with previous service

Duffy emphasized that the program is open to current or former armed services members’ spouses and dependents.

Awardees may use the scholarship for online courses or at any one of UIU’s 19 locations throughout the United States.

“Our scholarship fund has grown very quickly, and we have made a number of awards already,” said Duffy. “And we expect the program to grow.”

Duffy, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army with 20 years service, was at the Iowa Veterans Home Thursday promoting the scholarship segment and other facets to Commandant Jodi Tymeson.

The MFF, which is under the umbrella of the school’s Total Military Family program, was initiated in honor of Duffy inauguration, Oct. 21, 2013, as the 21st president of the college.

In addition to a high number of alums who have served in the military, the school currently has approximately 17 percent of its student population as members of the TMF. The university is located on five military bases, and also educates military personnel through two distance learning programs. UIU has also earned distinction as being a military friendly school from Victory Media and Military Advanced Education, two independent organizations which rank colleges and universities who embrace America’s military service members, veterans, spouses and students and ensure their academic success.

Tymeson and Duffy said their meeting had a significant second benefit, as Tymeson is currently serving on the Home Base Iowa initiative, implemented by Gov. Terry Branstad.

That program is designed to make Iowa attractive to current and former members of the armed services living elsewhere. Tymeson chairs the Education Working Group, which evaluates the transfer of academic credits.