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National Guard Association of Illinois Helps Families Earn a Degree

Advance 500 Scholarship offers 500 no tuition cost scholarships to eligible National Guard family members*

SPRINGFIELD, Ill–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Guard Association of Illinois (NGAI) is proud to announce a unique program that helps families of the NGAI earn a degree. In partnership with DeVry University, the “Advance 500 Scholarship” allows eligible NGAI family members to pursue their education at DeVry with a 100 percent tuition savings*.

How DeVry’s Advance 500 Scholarship Works

  • The scholarship is available to dependents of NGAI members who are students at DeVry University.
  • NGAI members who enroll at DeVry from July 2019 – January 2020, may sponsor one designated dependent** to receive the scholarship.
  • NGAI members and their family member can pursue an undergraduate certificate, associate degree or bachelor’s degree at one of DeVry’s 45 locations or online.

“We pride ourselves on caring for the well-being of our members and their families, and we’re thrilled to announce DeVry’s Advance 500 Scholarship to our members,” said Calvin Young, executive director, National Guard Association of Illinois. “Our members spend a lifetime being dedicated to serving others, with Military spouses and children receiving little to no benefits for their devoted support. With the Advance 500 scholarship, we can help provide an opportunity for a military family member to earn a degree without financial obligation.”

NGAI partnered with DeVry University for the Advance 500 Scholarship because of the university’s long history of helping current and former members of the U.S. military reach their higher education goals. From training Army Air Corps instructors on electronic devices in the 1940s to being one of the first schools approved to accept the original GI Bill®1 after World War II, DeVry has been educating and supporting America’s military personnel and the veteran community for decades.

“I am proud to partner with the National Guard Association of Illinois and give back to our veteran community, as they have given so much of themselves for our country,” said James Bartholomew, president and CEO of DeVry University. “If we can help America’s veterans through supporting their families and offering 500 no tuition cost scholarships to qualified participants, we’re happy to do so.”

For more information on the Advance 500 Scholarship, visit:

*Scholarship equal to tuition charges per session as long as the student is meeting continuing eligibility criteria. Also, this does not include the cost of books and fees.

** Dependent is defined as a spouse, biological child, stepchild, legally adopted child, child for whom the sponsor is a court appointed guardian, and child of a domestic partner. Dependents are also defined as a domestic partner, in a committed long- term relationship, with a partner of the same or opposite sex. Neither party can be legally married to other individuals. Adoptive or biological parents of the eligible sponsor can also be classified as dependents.

About National Guard Association of Illinois

The National Guard Association of Illinois Advocates and Represents all members and Families of the Illinois National Guard; Past, Present and Future. Our association works to support the Illinois National Guard through legislative action, advocacy, insurance programs, and we lobby for the needs of the Illinois National Guard.

About DeVry University

DeVry University’s mission is to foster student learning through high-quality, career-oriented education integrating technology, business, science and the arts. Founded in 1931, the university offers undergraduate and graduate programs onsite and online within its six areas of study: Accounting, Business, Healthcare, Technology, Liberal Arts, and Media Arts & Technology. The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC, To learn more about DeVry University, visit

1 GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at


Calvin Young

National Guard Association of Illinois


Anne Unger

DeVry University



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