(November 12, 2012)

Centenary pays tribute to veterans, announces designation as Yellow Ribbon School

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College honored veterans and celebrated its designation as a Yellow Ribbon School in a Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, November 12, at 11:00 a.m. in Anderson Auditorium. Lieutenant General James Kowalski, Commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command, and Centenary President David Rowe gave remarks during the event. The Yellow Ribbon Program makes it possible for post-9/11 veterans or their dependents to attend Centenary tuition free.

Lieutenant General James Kowalski
Lieutenant General James Kowalski, Commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command

"The Yellow Ribbon designation demonstrates Centenary's commitment to serving veterans and their families and honoring that service year-round," said Lynette Viskozki '85, Director of Financial Aid. "Through this program, qualified veterans and their dependents may receive 100% paid tuition while attending Centenary."

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The program represents a public/private partnership. The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides a portion of tuition expenses, then both Centenary College and the Department of Veteran Affairs contribute funds to ensure eligible post-9/11 veterans or their dependents attend Centenary tuition free.

Some members of the Shreveport-Bossier Military Affairs Council (MAC), who are also friends of the College, have generously agreed to underwrite the first three Yellow Ribbon Scholarships for Centenary by providing nearly $75,000 over four years. The MAC, a civilian organization, supports the men and women of Barksdale Air Force Base throughout the year.

Centenary currently has 15 students receiving veteran administration benefits.