Current and past military personnel, E-5 and lower ranks, are eligible
Now through Nov. 13, Sport Clips clients may make in-store contributions for Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarships. To donate via cellphone, text HERO to 71777. And on Nov. 11 – Veterans Day – participating Sport Clips locations will donate $2 to the scholarship fund for every haircut service given that day and will offer free haircuts to veterans and active-duty military personnel (military ID required).
The Sport Clips Help a Hero program provides scholarships to current and past members of the military to use in pursuing education at post-secondary and trade schools. Sport Clips has awarded over 2,050 scholarships worth $9.2 million with money collected during previous campaigns. More than 80% of the money raised each year is contributed by clients; the rest is donated by suppliers and product partners.
Scholarship recipients live all over the United States, come from every branch of service, and complete degree and other programs in fields such as engineering, computer science, business, accounting and health care. Help A Hero scholarships can cover tuition and fees of as much as $5,000 per semester.
Eligible students must be retired, honorably discharged, active duty, or a member of the National Guard or Reserve and with a current or separated rank of E-5 and below. The VFW accepts scholarship applications Jan. 1-April 30 for the fall semester and Aug. 1-Nov. 15 for the spring semester.
In further support of this year’s scholarship campaign, the VFW and Sport Clips will hold the second annual VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero Walk. Participants in the virtual walk may register and raise money individually or as a team, and the walk offers the flexibility to partake in the event where and when it is convenient. All participants are invited to join the VFW and Sport Clips for the Celebration Finale on the VFW’s Facebook page on Nov. 6, 2021, at noon Eastern Time. Complete details on the virtual Help A Hero Walk can be found at vfw.org/2021VirtualWalk.
“With the support of our generous clients and product partners, we’re helping thousands of veterans get the additional education they need to pursue a wide range of civilian careers,” says Edward Logan, CEO and president of Sport Clips Haircuts. “As a veteran-founded company, we intend to keep and honor our commitment to thank those who serve.”
VFW National Commander Fritz Mihelcic points out that “despite the education benefits [from the GI Bill] veterans earn from serving our country, they often don’t cover the increasing costs of attaining higher education. Together with Sport Clips, the VFW is dedicated to easing the financial burden for those who deserve it most.” Georgetown, Texas-based Sport Clips Haircuts was founded in 1993 and began franchising in 1995. The sports-themed hair-cutting franchise specializes in haircuts for men and boys. The company ranked No. 17 in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 for 2021 and is listed in Franchise Direct’s 2021 Top 100 Global Franchises. There are more than 1,850 Sport Clips stores open in the U.S. and Canada.