Hood, Army provide path to education for military

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Col. Scott Halter, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick, and Andrea E. Chapdelaine, president of Hood College, signed a memorandum of understanding to better support the professional learning of soldiers.

FREDERICK, Md. — Hood College and the Army Continuing Education System have signed an agreement that will provide graduate degree scholarships for active duty military stationed at Fort Detrick.

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, president of Hood College, and Col. Scott Halter, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick, signed a memorandum of understanding to better support the professional learning of soldiers.

The scholarship will provide all qualified Army personnel a significant reduction per tuition credit of 40 to 60 percent in Hood’s graduate school, depending on the academic program, such that the cost will match the education benefit the Department of Defense awards active duty military during their service.

Staff from the graduate school will further support active duty soldiers by providing degree enrollees on-post advising and academic counseling weekly at Fort Detrick.

According to April Boulton, dean of Hood’s Graduate School, active-duty soldiers oftentimes are unable to afford graduate degrees, but this scholarship program will change that.

“We want to see our soldiers succeed and further their education while relieving them of the financial burden that comes along with it,” she said.