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Oklahoma Christian adopts VA's Yellow Ribbon Program

Monday, July 13, 2009   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Katy Watson
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Oklahoma Christian University (OC) has elected to participate in the Department of Veterans Affairs' Yellow Ribbon Program. Under the federal program, veterans and their eligible family members qualifying for 100 percent of the VA's post 9/11 GI Bill will be able to attend Oklahoma Christian's undergraduate program tuition-free. The bill also provides a stipend for books, supplies and housing.

"Oklahoma Christian University is pleased to welcome increasing numbers of veterans to its campus community," said Risa Forrester, vice president for enrollment management. "I'm thrilled we're participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, making it possible for qualified veterans to gain a top-notch degree tuition free.

"We already enjoy the benefits of serving several veteran families—both former soldiers and their dependents," she said. "These students bring diverse life experiences to our campus and we're looking forward to the increased impact this important group will make at Oklahoma Christian."

OC president and Vietnam veteran Dr. Mike O'Neal added, "Our veterans are individuals with a strong interest in leadership, personal discipline, and serving our country. We are excited about the possibility of helping them further that service by completing their college degree and exploring the opportunities available through Oklahoma Christian.

"Our goal is to enable all of our students to discover, enhance, and effectively apply the gifts and talents God has bestowed upon them," O'Neal said. "There is no other place I know where veterans will be encouraged and mentored better and I hope they will take advantage of this great opportunity."

In addition to serving veterans already enrolled at OC, the university hosts the annual Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony.

For more information about the post 9/11 GI bill, visit For more information about Oklahoma Christian University admissions criteria, visit For more information about Oklahoma Christian, log on to

Oklahoma Christian, a "Best Western College" according to The Princeton Review, is a private, four-year comprehensive university. OC offers degree programs in more than 60 fields of study in three colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Biblical Studies and the College of Professional Studies. The university also offers two graduate degree programs in Biblical studies, a master of science in engineering as well as one- and two-year master of business administration programs. In addition to its Oklahoma City campus, OC has study abroad opportunities in Vienna, Austria, Honduras, and throughout the western Pacific.

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