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UWF partners with Complete Florida Military to provide scholarships and support

The University of West Florida’s Military and Veterans Resource Center, in collaboration with Complete Florida Military, helps active duty service members, veterans and their families return to college. Recent funding from the Florida Defense Support Task Force has enabled Complete Florida Military – a new State of Florida initiative – to offer scholarships and support for Florida military, veterans and dependents.

The program’s reach includes, but is not limited to, coaching to help military students determine benefits and make informed decisions; scholarships in the Northwest Florida and Jacksonville areas; fully online degree programs, certificates and certifications in information technology and cybersecurity; and connection with career opportunities in the aforementioned fields.

Employment in the computing industry is projected to grow in some fields by up to 25 percent between 2012 and 2022. Complete Florida Military provides routes to career paths in IT and cybersecurity for military personnel and their dependents.

“Complete Florida Military presents an exciting opportunity for active duty, veterans and their families,” said director of operations Marc Churchwell, retired United States Navy. “We are very happy that our partner institutions have long-standing reputations as schools supportive of military personnel and veterans.”

Complete Florida Military programs are offered by the University of West Florida, Florida State College at Jacksonville, St. Petersburg College and Hodges University. These institutions offer a variety of Bachelor’s and associate degrees, certificates, industry certifications and competency-based programs in cybersecurity and IT.

Scholarships of up to $2,000 are available to military students living in the Northwest Florida and Jacksonville areas with an honorable or general discharge and a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA determined by the Complete Florida institution attended, who are enrolled part- or full-time in a Complete Florida Military program.

“We are thrilled that all Complete Florida partner institutions are dedicated to supporting military and veteran students and have signed the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding to enable Military Tuition Assistance funding for active duty service members,” said Edward Boegle, Program Manager at Complete Florida Military.

Complete Florida is a State of Florida initiative to recruit and retain the state’s 2.8 million adults who have completed some college but have not earned a degree. Complete Florida Military serves as an extension of Complete Florida, providing opportunities for military personnel, veterans and their families to complete their degrees.