Nicholls Offers New Scholarship for Combat Veterans

Nicholls President Dr. Jay Clune and Veterans Coordinator Gilberto Burbante pose with Nicholls veterans and members of the South Louisiana Chapter of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association. (Jacob Batte/Nicholls State University)

THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls State University Office of Veteran Services and the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association announced the creation of a new scholarship to help combat veterans returning to civilian life.

The CVMA 6-4 Veteran Scholarship will award $500 to a student once per semester beginning this spring. Recipients must be an honorably discharged combat veteran who is at least a sophomore full-time student with a minimum 2.5 GPA. The scholarship is named for the CVMA South Louisiana Chapter.

“The most important thing about this donation is that it’s an example of veterans taking care of other veterans,” Nicholls Veterans Coordinator Gilberto Burbante said. “In the veteran community, we say that we always take care of our own, and what better example than this. This is the CVMA’s way of showing that they have our back, and this money will go a long way for our veterans.”

Formed in 2001, the CVMA is comprised of motorcycle-riding veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces. With members from all 50 states, their mission is to support and defend veterans who served their country and fought for our freedoms.

“We just want to be able to give back to our veteran community and make sure the guys returning home from combat theater who are trying to make something of themselves are afforded every opportunity possible,” CMVA member and Navy veteran John Bruner said. “Coming back to school can be a make or break opportunity. A lot of guys coming back home have seen things and may have some issues that if compounded by financial burden can lead them down a darker path. We want to do anything we can to divert that in a positive direction.”

For more information, visit nicholls.edu/financial-aid/scholarships.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 18, 2018

CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator, 985.448.4141 or jacob.batte@nicholls.edu