International Franchise Association (IFA) Offers Scholarships, Training and Career Opportunities for Veterans
The IFA Educational Foundation now offers a Veteran’s Scholarship fund. The fund provides a $2,500 annual scholarship to a qualified Veteran of the U.S. military. The purpose is to encourage his or her pursuit of continuing education focused on entrepreneurial studies.
The Veterans Scholarship Fund is made possible with the support of Michael Seid & Associations LLC, Figaro’s Italian Pizza, Luce Smith and Scott, Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, and The Dwyer Group.
Veterans with a desire to start their own small business can also use the Montgomery GI Bill education benefits to pay for the training needed to start a small business. The VA will only pay for programs offered by the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) or Veterans Corporation.
Some of the training allowed through these programs includes: Barber/Beautician Schools, EMT Certification, HVAC Certification, Truck Driving.
In cases where a license or certification is required for the small business veterans can receive reimbursement for licensing and certification tests that were taken on or after March 1, 2001. In order to find out if the test is approved for the GI Bill you can call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).
In addition these options, the IFA Foundation provides veterans with free entry to its trade shows in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Miami where they can view many business options, meet with company representatives and attend the “Franchising 101 for Veterans” seminar free of charge.