Bill Allows Private Citizens to Donate to Scholarship Funds

State Representatives Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) and Lynn Wachtmann (R-Napoleon) today announced the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 280, which revises laws pertaining to the Ohio War Orphans Scholarship and the Ohio National Guard Scholarship.

House Bill 280 was introduced in order to address the funding reductions proposed in the executive budget. It authorizes the administrators of the National Guard and War Orphans scholarship programs to apply for, and receive and accept, grants, gifts, bequests, and contributions from public and private sources.

“House Bill 280 is just one of the ways we can show our appreciation for the sacrifices of our military veterans and their families,” said Representative Dovilla, who served a 12-month deployment in Iraq from 2007 to 2008 with the U.S. Navy Reserve. “I’m very pleased the Ohio House passed this legislation with unanimous support because it is crucial our service members and their children have the opportunity to realize their potential in our institutions of higher education.”

In addition, House Bill 280 qualifies for a War Orphans Scholarship the children of any deceased or severely wounded service members who participated in an operation for which the Armed Forced Expeditionary Medal was awarded.

“It was brought to my attention by one of my constituents, who is a Grenada combat veteran, that the dates of the intervention in Grenada were not included in the list of eligible service dates for this scholarship,” said Representative Wachtmann. “Representative Dovilla and I worked together to ensure that the scholarship eligibility requirements are more comprehensive, so that our brave war heroes can be honored for their sacrifices.”

House Bill 280 will now be sent to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.


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