IN THE HONORED TRADITIONS OF NAVY SHIPMATES
The abiding Principles of the VP-
The Purposes of the subject program are to assist, where possible and within the Association’s financial means available, VP-
The Objectives of the subject program are two-
A. To establish and maintain a College Scholarship Program for deserving VP-
B. To be alert to situations where modest monetary contributions could be of help to non-
III. COOPERATING ENTITIES
The two entities charged with coordination as necessary for the implementation and management of the subject program are:
A. The VP-
B. The Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN (VP-
Both parties have agreed to provide Points of Contact and endeavor to be responsive to needs, execution, and continuous communication to ensure the success of the subject program.
IV. GROUND RULES, ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Roles and Responsibilities are spelled out below for the two objectives of the program enumerated in section II. above.
A. Eligibility. Eligibility for college scholarships is limited to active duty VP-
NOTE: Though the Navy Tuition Assistance Program extends eligibility to both Officer and Enlisted Personnel, the Reunion Association and the Commanding Officer have agreed that the initial focus of this program, given the limited financial means of the Association, will be upon squadron Enlisted Personnel who are working for an initial college degree.
Additionally, it is agreed that a dependent of an active duty Sailor may be eligible, at some later date, subject to the Commanding Officer’s certification of need. However, the current emphasis of this program is upon the Sailor(s) pursuing advanced education who could use the scholarship funds to help with financial needs not covered by Navy Tuition Assistance – i.e., any valid expenses associated with the education. (The Navy Tuition Assistance Program does not cover any college expense except tuition.)
B. Selection Process. The Association Board of Directors and the Squadron Commanding Officer have agreed that a comprehensive selection process will be used to select deserving individuals for nominations to receive scholarships. Essential parameters and methods will include:
1. A selection board convened by the Commanding Officer of VP-
a. Sailors to be considered will be eligible for and undertaking college work under the regulations established by the current version of the Navy Tuition Assistance Program Instruction and applicable/ supporting CNO NAVADMIN messages that periodically address the Tuition Assistance Program. Eligible individuals will be in good standing both with their respective schools and the Navy Tuition Assistance Program manager, per the requirements of Navy Policy.
b. The Commanding Officer will present to the VP-
c. The Association Board will review the nomination and notify forthwith the squadron Commanding Officer of approval or disapproval with rationale.
d. It has been agreed that a member of the VP-
C. Periodicity and Dollar Amount of Scholarships
It is anticipated that, initially upon inception of the program and for some undetermined period, no more than one scholarship per year would be awarded. However, this provision is flexible but dependent upon the need within the squadron and the financial ability of the Association as the program proceeds.
At the discretion of the Commanding Officer and his/her selection process and consistent with the numbers of potentially eligible Sailors, nominations for more than one scholarship could possibly be considered and awarded to the same individual during his/her college degree studies.
Additionally, pursuant to the Commanding Officer’s recommendation, funds embodied in a scholarship could be divided and allocated to more than one recipient, consistent with their needs. In the case of such a recommendation as this, the requested allocations for each recipient would be noted in the nomination package. As with all recommendations, such a plan would be evaluated by the Association Board of Directors during the review/approval process.
It is further anticipated that initial scholarship(s) will be in the amount of $500.00 [planned for April 2015] but could potentially be increased subject to need and the financial posture of the Association. The amount of follow-
D. Amendment, Modification, Cancellation, Termination
Amendments and/or modification to the Scholarship Program will be undertaken as necessary and coordinated between the VP-
The program can be cancelled/terminated at the discretion of the Association Board for good and valid reasons. Additionally, the Squadron Commanding Officer may recommend termination for good and valid reasons.
OTHER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
It is recognized that in an active duty Navy squadron, there are numerous non-
The Association members, having observed this problem in their own Navy experiences, are sensitive to the issue and collectively understand and support the need to help out where possible. Of considerable importance, for instance, is the Squadron Family Readiness Group (FRG) made up of key family personnel who monitor day-
The FRG is but one example where an occasional, modest monetary contribution can be of help in certain squadron/family events such as holiday parties for the children. Assistance in these areas, when the Association is financially able, will be helpful to the vital role families play in support of their active duty personnel.
B. Notice of Need and Approval Process
It is unlikely that members of the Association Board of Directors, or members at large, will normally be aware of a need for assistance under this section without first having been alerted by the command. Therefore, the onus is upon the Squadron Commanding Officer to identify any area-
When/if the Commanding Officer notes a need for assistance that, in his judgment, would qualify for consideration of the Association, he/she will notify the Board of Directors, normally the President.
The President will consider the request/need, poll the other Board Members, and notify the Commanding Officer of the decision. If approval is granted for a modest amount of monetary assistance, the Board President will forward the money in the form of a check, along with an appropriate note of support, to the appropriate point of contact.
C. Periodicity and Dollar Amount of Assistance
There is no set frequency of need for this area of assistance, nor any set amount of monetary help stipulated. In general, these gestures of the VP-
D. Amendment, Modification, Cancellation, Termination
Same as above [for scholarship initiative].
The term of this program is intended to be open-
William Sherman, President of the Board,
CDR Daniel Papp, U. S. Navy,Commanding Officer, VP-