Google Scholarship for the Student Veterans of American.

Student Veterans of American American College of Technology Chapter Is proud to announce that we are now a member of the SVA.

As a new member, we would like to support veterans by participating in a scholarship for students in Computer Sciences fields. Please see details below and apply for the scholarship.

If you would like to be more involved with the Student Veterans of American  American College of Technology Chapter please email Lute@acot.edu

Welcome – Please read about the Google Scholarship for the Student Veterans of American. American College of Technology encourages you to apply!

2014 Google SVA Scholarship

Student Veterans of America and Google are proud to announce the opening of this year’s Computer Science scholarship application. Each award will be in the amount of $10,000 and is open to any and all student veterans pursuing computer science degrees or similar fields, as noted below. Scholarship recipients will also be invited to attend Google’s 2014 Summer Annual Scholars’ Retreat. The Scholars’ Retreat provides an important networking opportunity for top students from all over the United States and Canada to meet with each other and with Google engineers in a personable, fun environment.

All application materials must be received by SVA no later than 11:59pm PST on December 2, 2013. Scholarship recipients will be announced in February of 2014, and the scholarship funds are to be used for the 2014/2015 academic semester.

Interested applicants are encouraged to read the below information carefully. If you meet the eligibility requirement, please click on the link at the bottom to access the application form. Complete all fields and upload the required documents, preferably as PDFs. If you have any questions regarding the application or the scholarship, please contact us here. http://studentveterans.org/contact-us.html

Eligibility

Eligible student veterans must meet the below outlined minimum criteria:

All successful candidates must:

Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at a university for the 2013­-2014 academic year
Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-­time student at a university in the United States for the 2014-­2015 academic year
Maintain a strong academic performance
Be pursuing a Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field*
Be a current student veteran, as proven by a DD-214 and transcript
Have received an honorable discharge, or currently be in good standing with his/her branch of service

*Related Technical Fields may include:

Software Engineering
Electrical Engineering (with a heavy computer science course load)
Computer Engineering
Information Systems
Information Technology
Applied Networking
Systems administration

*Related Technical Fields do not include:

Civil, Mechanical or Industrial Engineering

Required Additional Documents (uploaded on next page)

Current copy of resume/CV;
Unofficial copy of current university transcripts;
Two letters of reference from a professor, adviser or supervisor. These must be emailed by the author to scholarships@studentveterans.org and the subject should read “Google App LoR – LASTNAME”
Responses to 3 essay questions (compiled into one document);
DD 214

Essay Questions

Please answer the following questions thoroughly, yet succinctly (300-500 words max).

1) What sparked your interest in computer science?  How did this lead you to major in computer science and what do you hope to accomplish with your degree?  In your answer, please describe how your experiences have influenced the goals you have for yourself.

2) Please give us 1-2 examples of how you have exhibited leadership. Explain how you were influential and what you were trying to achieve. These need not be demonstrated through formal or traditional leadership roles. Think broadly and examine the many ways you are having an effect on the members of your technical community, your university, or your broader community.

3) Please describe the most significant computer science project or research you have worked on, how you approached key technical challenges, and what you gained from the experience.  It might have been a class assignment, a research project, or other work or volunteer experience.  If the project was team-based, specify your individual role and contributions in the project.

APPLY NOW >   You will be re-directed to the Student Veterans of American National Website:

http://studentveterans.org/component/content/article/15-scholarships/52-apply-2014-google-sva-scholarship.html

Please notify the college once you have completed your application.

Lute@acot.edu
By Lute Atieh

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American College of Technology Awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools® Designation

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named American College of Technology to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows American College of Technology commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran.   “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”  Complete survey methodology is available at militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/methodology-press-kit.

The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.  The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.  These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

“Military students are encouraged to join American College of Technology at the upcoming Military Friendly Schools Virtual College Fair in November, said Ramsey Atieh, Director of Admissions.  “The Virtual College Fair will provide an unprecedented opportunity for service members, spouses and veterans to engage with our organization during the school search process and is especially efficient for introducing service members deployed overseas or those still in uniform to our education programs,” said Ramsey Atieh. Free registration is required for all attendees at http://www.militaryfriendly.com/events

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.  A full list of board members can be found at http://militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.

A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools® will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

ABOUT Victory Media Inc

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven Military Friendly® lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW and are frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.

Visit ACOT on the web at: http://acot.edu/pages/military-friendly-online-college.php

 
<a href=”https://plus.google.com/115141575018854223326?rel=author”>By Lute Atieh</a>
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American College of Technology is Investing in the Virtual Future of Higher Education.

ACOT is donating funds to the development of new online textbooks in an effort to keep the cost of higher education affordable for students.

“The cost of all the materials continues to go up.  Schools pass the cost on to the students and tuition keeps going up,” said ACOT Chief of Operations, Lute Atieh. “ACOT’s tuition has NOT gone up since 2005 and there are NO plans to do so.”

According to the Education Database Online in the United States the average college textbook cost is around $175/per book.  In fact, students can end up spending $1400 a year just on books.

“During my first attempt at college, on campus, my tuition and book rates went up each year,” said Atieh. “I finally made the switch to online where I could work during the day, attend live class at night and budget my education.  As a result, I was able to pay off my student loans within 5 years.”

ACOT guarantees each student in writing that their cost will not go up while they are attending the college.  As part of an ongoing effort to keep costs affordable to students ACOT has recently become part of the OpenStax Network which develops high-quality textbooks for college courses.  The textbooks can be downloaded for free or students can purchase the books for only the cost of printing.

So far, ACOT has donated $1,000 but plans to continue to support and work with the organization to publish more of the books needed by students at ACOT.

“Donating to OpenStax College will help in building these books and we will be adopting them as more books become available,” said Atieh.

The idea of online textbooks are not new to ACOT.  The college currently uses a third party process but it does not allow students to download the whole book like OpenStax would.  Currently students can only view it live on the internet.

OpenStax currently has more than a dozen textbooks available or coming soon for teachers and students to use at no cost.  Topics range from U.S. History to Macro-Economics.

Enrollments at ACOT are held 8 times a year. To learn more about ACOT programs or for more information on retraining after a closing call (800)-804-1388 or check us out online at www.ACOT.edu.

American College of Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council. ACOT is also certified by the Missouri Department of Higher Education to operate in the state of Missouri.