Yellow Ribbon Program
The Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions of higher education, like Misericordia University, to voluntarily agree to pay an amount of tuition that Veterans Affairs will then match so veterans or their dependents can attend the school of their choice.
Congress approved an expansion of the Yellow Ribbon Program in 2008, allowing Post 9/11 veterans to attend private colleges as well as public colleges. Misericordia University is one of more than 200 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania participating in the program and has made a commitment to provide funding for students in the program.
U.S. Rep. Chris Carney of the 10th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held a press conference at Misericordia University on September 8, 2009 to speak to the campus community and media about college financial aid and the GI Bill's updated Yellow Ribbon Program. "It was shortsighted to only support state schools. This expanded program is an investment in this nation, a chance to help the most dedicated, disciplined and brightest men and women by making college affordable to them," Rep. Carney added.
Rep. Carney recognized three veterans of the armed services who have enrolled at MU through the program. United States Marine Corps veterans, Sgt. Jessica Pugliese of Scranton and Sgt. David Gates of Edwardsville, and Navy veteran, Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Frank of Kingston, have served their country and now are receiving all or part of their education funded by the program.
"Many of us remember the GI Bill© and how it provided financial aid to people like my father who was a Korean War veteran," said Rep. Carney, who is an active reservist with the U.S. Navy. "We have an entirely new generation of veterans who are returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. They bring with them lots of raw talent."
For Jessica Pugliese of Scranton, Pa., it was her strong sense of duty to her country after 9/11 that prompted her to enlist in the United States Marine Corps in 2003 and serve her country. "We declared war on Iraq and I believed that it was my opportunity to be a part of history," Sgt. Pugliese says. "Looking back now, it was my chance to find out what I was made of. The Marine Corps allowed me to really grow into the person I am today."
"I am so appreciative for Misericordia choosing to participate in such a program," says Sgt. Pugliese, who was stationed on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina as a maintenance management officer (MMO). "Their decision is allowing me to have a quality education, one I wouldn't be able to afford any other way."
For more information on the Yellow Ribbon program, please contact Deborah Cragle, Student Financial Services Counselor, at 570-674-6313.
‘‘GI Bill®" is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Misericordia University is proud to support veterans returning to college using their Yellow Ribbon or GI Bill benefits. Traditional age students can also benefit from enrolling in the Air Force or Army ROTC programs and be a part of our supportive campus environment while preparing for a rewarding military career.
Dan Myers, Ph.D.
President, Misericordia University