Capella University awards $50,000 in scholarships to injured service members

Capella University, an accredited online university, has awarded five $10,000 scholarships to service members wounded in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Spirit of Capella Scholarships for Injured Service Members may be applied to any of Capella’s online degree programs. Approximately 15 percent of Capella students are members of the military.

The scholarship recipients include three Ph.D students, one Master’s degree student, and one Bachelor’s degree student. They are:

  • Major Patrick Beyer of Berlin, Wis. – Operations and Training Officer, Recruiting and Retention Command, Wisconsin Army National Guard
  • Ronald Cross of Westminster, Colo. – IC1/SS/SW/DV Cross, U.S. Navy (retired)
  • Sergeant Cherie Davis-Keeter of Attleboro, Mass. – U.S. Army (retired)
  • First Sergeant Michael Martin of West Long Branch, N.J. – U.S. Army (retired)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Patrick D. O’Farrell of Bettendorf, Iowa – U.S. Army (retired)

In his scholarship application, Martin stated, “The Capella educational experience has afforded me the opportunity to remain in my home with my children as I receive my education. After being away from my family for two years while serving my country in Iraq, it is valued time we have all been looking forward to.”

The scholarships will be distributed evenly over the next eight quarters and were available to service members from any branch of the U.S. military who have received a “Rating Decision” memo of 20 percent disability or higher from the Veterans Administration as a result of being wounded in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom. Capella will offer the scholarships annually, with applications accepted in the fall.

“As a university with a significant number of students who are members of the military, Capella is committed to doing its part to support those men and women who have given so much in service to our country,” said Jim Landerkin, Capella’s Federal Program Manager.

About Capella University
Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited,* fully online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services and psychology and Bachelor’s degree programs in business and information technology. Within those areas, Capella offers 76 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 16 certificate programs. The online university currently serves 16,300 students from all 50 states and 63 countries. It is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552).

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456,

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