Vernon Parish children of military personnel who have sacrificed life or limb are eligible for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund.
The application deadline has been extended to Aug. 14.
“We know there are more potential applicants who could benefit from this college scholarship,” stated Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon.  “In an effort to reach as many students as possible we are happy to announce an extension of the deadline for the 2009 academic year.”
In order to be eligible for a Freedom Alliance Scholarship, an applicant must be the dependent son or daughter of a U.S. soldier, sailor, airman, guardsman or marine who has been killed or permanently disabled (100% VA disability rating) as a result of an operational mission or training accident, or who is currently classified as a Prisoner of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA).  They must also be a high school senior, high school graduate or registered as a full time undergraduate student and under the age of 26.
            The Fund has now awarded $2.5 million to the sons and daughters of military heroes.  Many parents of scholarship recipients were killed or permanently disabled in such recent conflicts as Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks and the Persian Gulf War.
            “Our military heroes have sacrificed so much in the name of freedom,” said Kilgannon.  “This scholarship is one way that we give back to their loving families.”
        Last year 167 individual student scholarships were awarded.  Spotlights on past recipients and more information on the history of the Fund can be found at
 Go to to complete an application or call 1-800-475-6620 for more information.