Scholarships will drop out of the sky for student veterans

Posted: Friday, 30 October 2015

TROY - As many as eight military-affiliated students could have $1,000 scholarships drop out of the sky on Nov. 7 prior to kickoff of the University's Military Appreciation football game against Louisiana Monroe.

"The Drop," sponsored by the Troy for Troops Committee, seeks to raise scholarship money to be awarded to student veterans or spouses of active duty military members.

A grid of 1,000 3 foot-by-3-foot squares will be drawn on the lower football practice field, and parachutist Mike Mills, a veteran from Brundidge and member of Skydive the South, will make a jump. The "owner" of the square he lands on will win $1,000. Tickets for the event are $20.

"A $20 chance really gives someone the chance to come to school," said Dr. Jean Laliberte, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development. "TROY has such a strong history with the military, and this is another way we can thank veterans for their service."

To qualify for one of the scholarships, which will be announced following the event, the student must apply, complete an essay and FASFA form and undergraduates must have 3.0 grade point average or better. Graduate students must have completed 12 hours of TROY coursework with a 3.5 GPA or higher. Both must have demonstrated need.

Trojan Aviation will provide a helicopter for the jump, and Skydive of the South is sponsoring the jumper.

Tickets may be purchase at the Troy for Troops Center in Trojan Center, the Alumni House, the SGA office, Office of Development, and Athletic Tickets office. Funds raised in excess of the eight scholarships will be added to the Troy for Troops Endowed Scholarship at the University.