About the Wounded Warrior Mentor Program of San Antonio (WWMPSA)
The Wounded Warrior Mentor Program of San Antonio matches volunteer mentors with Wounded Warriors at the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC). This includes SAMMC North (Brooke Army Medical Center) and SAMMC South (Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Ceenter). The Wounded Warrior Mentor Program of San Antonio was organized in the Fall of 2009.
The WWMPSA provides a one-on-one bonding and mentor relationship for the Wounded Warrior and family. The planning horizon is three to five years in the future with the goal being a new productive, meaningful life and profession.
The mentor and Wounded Warrior work in coordination with the Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration and other supporting organizations.
WWMPSA Education Assistance
Despite the aid of benefits such as the GI Bill, the ever-increasing expense of a post-secondary education is one of the greatest challenges facing so many of our Nation’s finest. In an effort to address this need, the WWMPSA has established the Wounded Warrior Mentor Program of San Antonio Scholarship program.
The program’s primary goal is to assist military service members by awarding up to ten $2,000 scholarships per semester to help pay for tuition and associated learning materials . The WWMPSA program awards primarily one-time scholarships, but multiyear (two- to four-year+) scholarships are available to those WWMPSA scholarship recipients who indicate a need on the application form. The continuation of a scholarship will be dependent on the student meeting the expectations of the WWMPSA program, as defined in the scholarship eligibility section below.
To be considered, the scholarship applicant must fall into at least one of the following categories:
- A current active-duty service member in the United States Military OR recently separated/retired within the last year
- Be assigned to any service’s Wounded Warrior Unit (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force)
- Be an active participant in the WWMPSA:
- Registered with the program’s director
- Been assigned a mentor
- Actively meeting/speaking with mentor at least once per month
In general, your application will be considered if you are seeking a skill or set of skills that will enable you to obtain a job or career. Below is a list of criteria the WWMPSA Scholarship Board has pre-approved for scholarship eligibility:
- Cooperative Training: Cooperative training consists of individuals attending school part-time and working part-time. WWMPSA may provide educational assistance for pursuit of a program of education offered by an approved Institution of Higher Learning (IHL). The training should consist of phases of school instruction alternated with training in a business or industrial establishment.
- Correspondence Training: Correspondence training differs from distance learning in that you receive lessons in the mail. You have a certain amount of time to complete and return the lessons for a grade.
- Entrepreneurship Training: A great place to look for pre-approved programs covered by the WWMPSA Scholarship fund will be found/offered by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC – http://sasbdc.org/). Other individual courses must be specifically approved by WWMPSA in order to be eligible for the scholarship.
- Institutions of Higher Learning Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees: Most VA education and training benefits may be used at institutions of higher learning, including four-year universities, community colleges, and entities offering advanced degrees.
- Licensing and Certification: Tests that may be considered include licensing and/or certification for a job as a mechanic, medical technician, therapist, computer network engineer, website developer, and other professional certifications (including flight training for those applicants seeking to become a professional pilot).
- National Testing Program: The following tests would be eligible: SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test), LSAT (Law School Admission Test), GRE (Graduate Record Exam), GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test), AP (Advanced Placement Exam), CLEP (College-Level Examination Program), ACT (American College Testing Program), DAT (Dental Admissions Test), MAT (Miller Analogies Test), MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test), OAT (Optometry Admissions Testing), PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests), ECE (Excelsior College Examinations), PLA (Prior Learning Assessment) testing through Learningcounts.org
- Non-College Degree Programs: The scholarship is available for training at non-college-degree Institutions. This includes the training in areas such as HVAC repair, truck driving, emergency medical training, and barber/beautician school.
- On-The-Job Training, Apprenticeship, and Fellowships: Utilized as a one-time financial assistance during the course of taking specialized OJT, Apprenticeships, or fellowships, that are not covered under Correspondence Training, Entrepreneurship Training, Licensing and Certification, or Non-College Degree Programs
In addition, applicants attending an Institution of Higher Learning must have a cumulative 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
Applicants must show any available documentation that they have enrolled, registered, or are assigned for the job enabling skill, degree, test, or program. If none is available, please state that on your application.
Scholarship Application Periods
Scholarship application periods occur on a quarterly basis.
Spring Scholarship Application Period
March 12, 2018: Scholarship application opens up for applicants at http://wwmentorsa.com
March 26, 2018: Scholarship application closes to applicants
April 2-6, 2018: Scholarship finalists interviewed
April 16, 2018: Scholarship winners are contacted directly
April 20, 2018: Spring Scholarship Winners announced at http://wwmentorsa.com/
Summer Scholarship Application Period
June 11, 2018: Scholarship application opens up for applicants at http://wwmentorsa.com/
June 25, 2018: Scholarship application closes to applicants
July 16-20, 2018: Scholarship finalists interviewed
July 30, 2018: Scholarship winners are contacted directly
August 3, 2018: Spring Scholarship Winners announced at http://wwmentorsa.com/
Fall Scholarship Application Period
September 11, 2017: Scholarship application opens up for applicants at http://wwmentorsa.com/
September 25, 2017: Scholarship application closes to applicants
October 16-20, 2017: Scholarship finalists interviewed
October 30-November 3, 2017: Scholarship winners are contacted directly
November 6, 2017: Fall Scholarship Winners announced at http://wwmentorsa.com/
Winter Scholarship Application Period
December 11, 2017: Scholarship application opens up for applicants at http://wwmentorsa.com/
December 25, 2017: Scholarship application closes to applicants
January 15-19, 2018: Scholarship finalists interviewed
January 29, 2017: Scholarship winners are contacted directly
February 2, 2017: Fall Scholarship Winners announced at http://wwmentorsa.com/
How to Apply
The scholarship application link will be made available ONLY during the quarterly application periods. Open the tab below this or click HERE.
The WWMPSA Scholarship application will ask applicants to:
- Write a one-page essay describing your professional goals and/or academic plan for the next 3-5 years. Please also note in this essay how the scholarship money will be used.
- Attach a document that proves you are presently enrolled or were enrolled and have already completed payment at an accredited college and/or any training as described above in the “Scholarship Eligibility” section. Examples: official or unofficial transcript, class schedule for the previous semester, letter from the college or university, receipt of payment, etc.
- Sign and reattach a release form provided by WWMPSA
*Please note that finalists chosen will be interviewed by the scholarship board.
**Please note that NO confirmation email will be sent from the WWMPSA program upon receiving your application and essay submission. Please do not email us requesting notification. Subsequently, no direct notification will be sent to the applicants who were not chosen as a winner of the scholarship.
Winners of the scholarship will be contacted directly via email or phone and asked to verify their enrollment at an accredited college or training.
Winners of the scholarship may be asked to voluntarily participate in news media, flyers, publications, etc. in order to promote the WWMPSA Scholarship Program.