Institutional Scholarship RecipientMajor: Accounting
Graduation Date: May 2010
Hometown: Davenport, Iowa
Melbern received an AMVETS scholarship, which was originally established in 1944 to support the education-related needs of World War II veterans. Today, AMVETS assists individuals who are currently serving, or who have honorably served, in the U.S. Armed Forces from World War II to the present.
Melbern found the scholarship on his Student Website under the “Messages” section of the homepage. He was then linked to the University of Phoenix Scholarships page where he sifted through the available opportunities and applied for the scholarship that fit his profile.
The AMVETS scholarship required Melbern to write an essay, which he describes as the most difficult and time-consuming part of the process. To stand out from other applicants, Melbern picked an essay topic he felt passionate about and made sure to submit a well-written essay.
Winning this scholarship meant Melbern didn’t have to drop out of school after he’d reached the aggregate limit of his financial aid. If he hadn’t received the scholarship, he would have had to pay tuition out of pocket. As a single dad of three children, Melbern says the added tuition costs would have forced him to take an extended break from school or not return at all. But thanks to the AMVETS scholarship, he is continuing his studies.
Melbern attends classes online which gives him the flexibility to continue providing for his children and care for them after work. While the curriculum and learning format have been challenging, he has been able to maintain a 3.5 GPA.
Considering his circumstances, he says he could not be happier with what he has accomplished at University of Phoenix. He says, “I only have one class to finish for my bachelor’s degree in Accounting and once I receive my diploma, frame it, and hang it on my wall, I will know in my heart that I truly earned it. That is what makes me a ‘Phoenix’.”
If he could offer any advice to other scholarship applicants, it would be, “good people provide students with a chance to take advantage of an opportunity. It is up to the student to show why she or he deserves that chance. My advice to students is to make your case, follow through with it, and give it 110% of your heart.”
To learn about scholarship opportunities, visit the Scholarships page.