Grants & Scholarships

This week we’re talking about transition resources. Yesterday we talked about a resource that was largely self-motivated – you get a newsletter, you read the newsletter, you choose to do the homework exercises. But if you’re more of a hands-on kind of person, then you might want to take a look at today’s resource – Above & Beyond.

Above & Beyond is a transition program run by Hope for the Warriors®. Founded in 2006 by a group of military spouses, Hope for the Warriors® aims to "enhance the quality of life” for post-9/11 wounded warriors, their families, and survivors. Above & Beyond is one of the 11 programs run by the non-profit organization. Others include A Warrior’s Wish®, which provides financial grants to help warriors achieve long term goals, Run for the Warriors®, which uses races throughout the year to honor the wounded and fallen and their families and create a bridge across the military-civilian divide, and Spouse/Caregiver Scholarships, which are designed to assist those who may now find themselves in the primary earner position.

Above & Beyond is a program designed to help warriors (and their family members!) transition to the civilian world. Relying on the generosity of experienced business personnel, Human Resources representatives, and others, Above & Beyond helps transitioning veterans develop a post-military plan, to include establishing educational goals and investigating employment and business start-up opportunities. Each conference/seminar includes resume writing advice, mock interviews and interviewing tips, and presentation assistance. Other topics covered include business etiquette – dress, communications, and behavior, creating a budget, and even shadowing a professional for a day in a field of interest. All of the items are tailored to the specific veteran through one-on-one mentoring to ensure the material is as useful as possible.

You can read the experience of a former Above & Beyond attendee here and you can find out more information about the program, including how to sign up for the next seminar, here. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

And, if you’re in the NY or VA area and you like what Hope for the Warriors® is doing, they just posted three employment opportunities here. If you're in a Master's of Social Work program, they also do internships. You can find out more about those here.