New Gift Expands Scholarship for Combat Veterans

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University and the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association are excited to announce the expansion of a scholarship that helps veterans transition to civilian life. 

The CVMA South Louisiana Chapter created the scholarship in partnership with the Nicholls State Veterans Organization last year. With their latest donation, the number of students eligible to receive the scholarship has increased from one to five. 

“These scholarships are important to our veterans at Nicholls because it shows our warriors the importance of giving back and more importantly that we, veterans, continue to take care of our own even after our military service,” said Nicholls Veterans Coordinator Gilberto Burbante. “For us hanging up our uniforms doesn’t mean our service is over, we continue to honor our oath of service, especially to each other.”

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. 

“The motto of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association is, ‘Vets helping vets.’” This is a way we can help, as veterans, other veterans who are trying to better themselves by going back to school,” CVMA member and Navy veteran John Bruner said. “We set this up last year because Nicholls is one of the most highly rated veterans organizations and veterans-friendly colleges in the United States.” 

Recipients will receive $500 per semester for one year. Eligible students must: 

  • Enrolled as full-time sophomores, juniors or seniors
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • A veteran who served in a combat zone during a war with an honorable discharge
  • Provide an essay explaining why they need the scholarship. 

Nicholls has earned the “Governor’s Military and Veteran Friendly Campus” designation and has consistently been named a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine. For more information on the Nicholls State Veterans Organization, visit

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