Since 2009, Lipscomb University has participated at the highest level in the Yellow Ribbon Educational Enhancement Program, which is a supplement to the Post 9-11 GI Bill. The program provides tuition assistance to military veterans who have served since Sept. 11, 2001.
Lipscomb is one of the few private universities in the nation offering an undergraduate degree tuition-free or a graduate degree tuition-free or at a greatly reduced cost to eligible military veterans and/or their families through this program.
April Herrington came to Nashville after seven years in the Air Force as an AWACS radar specialist. Herrington is from Texas, but her husband, Brandon, is from Columbia, Tenn., and the couple felt Middle Tennessee would be a good place to settle.
Herrington earned her accounting degree through Lipscomb’s Adult Degree Program, taking classes at night and working and caring for her 14-month-old daughter Lorelai during the day.
She is now working as Lipscomb’s new VA certifying official, working for the same office that helped her begin her college career at Lipscomb in 2009.
Susannah Leonard’s father is an alumnus of Lipscomb, but she didn’t expect to be able to attend Lipscomb without taking out loans. The Yellow Ribbon Program made it possible for her to attend her father’s alma mater and be close to family while she completed her college career, she said.
Leonard also worked on an AWACS surveillance plane in the Air Force. The Nashville native served for four years. After she completes her coursework in August, she plans to travel in Europe for a time and then attend graduate school.
Chase Manning, a Chattanooga native, served as an intelligence official and linguist in the Army (he speaks Korean), but now he is starting a career with an English major and education minor.
Manning plans to teach high school locally and later head to graduate school in creative writing. His wife works as a nurse at Vanderbilt Medical Center.