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Yellow Ribbon Program Assists Cumberland Students


Five students are enrolled at UC and are taking advantage of the national Yellow Ribbon Program

Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands (UC) takes great pride in their students and the education that they receive. Though finances can be a hardship for some, there are numerous ways that financial assistance for school can be obtained. At UC, those pursuing a career in the military, or who are children of a military veteran, can receive help from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs through a program called the Yellow Ribbon Program.

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a financial assistance program that allows partial or sometimes full tuition assistance for veterans that have served at least 36 months of active duty after September 10, 2001, have been honorably discharged from active duty for service at least 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001, or are dependants of soldiers eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill that meet the criteria above. This is a very deserving scholarship program and UC sees this as an opportunity to assist veterans and their children as they have fought for our freedoms in this country.

Currently at UC there are five students that meet the criteria for the Yellow Ribbon program. These include Roger Butler (London, KY), Aundreas Lopez (Radcliff, KY), William Stoner (Horton, AL), Andrew Fuson (Williamsburg, KY), and Matt Smith (Cumming, GA).

Roger Butler came to UC after several years out of college. Graduating from Murray State University in 2000, Butler signed up for the then called Montgomery Bill even though he “thought he’d never use it”. After a productive career in the military, Butler decided to go back to school after being honorably discharged in 2009. After some research, he got in contact with Registrar Assistant Chuck Dupier at UC to discuss his options and shortly after enrolled. Butler is currently pursuing a major in Biology and hopes to get accepted into the Physician’s Assistant program.

Aundreas Lopez is a part of the ROTC program at UC. He receives VA benefits through his father, who is a first sergeant in the United States Army, where he serves as a tank engineer. Because of his father’s influence, Lopez recently joined the National Guard to become an officer upon graduation from Cumberlands. Andreas is a junior at UC and is pursuing a major in sports and exercise science.

William Stoner is also a part of the ROTC program at UC. He receives his VA Benefits through his father as well, being a dependant. Stoner recently joined the National Guard in hopes to defend the freedom of others.

Andrew Fuson graduated in 2003 from Whitley County High School. He is the husband of Kayla Gayle Fuson. Fuson enrolled at UC in January and is majoring in political science.

Matt Smith is a senior at UC where he plays vital roles on the football and track teams. He receives VA benefits through his father. After 9/11, Smith’s father signed up for a position doing security detail at the Atlanta airport. Because his father already attended college and received a master’s degree, he passed the money down to Matt as his dependant. After Matt graduates, there will still be money available under the GI Bill, and if at all possible he would like to pass that money on to his younger brother, as he will be entering college this fall. Matt is majoring in fitness and sports management and has a minor in business. After graduation from Cumberlands, Smith plans to attend graduate school at Life University in Marietta, Georgia.

For more information on University of the Cumberlands, visit Also, for more information on UC’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, contact Chuck Dupier at (606) 539-4316.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.