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Education Benefits for Veterans


South Hills School of Business & Technology is complaint with Executive Order 13607 and Principles of Excellence governing the quality of military education.

Click here to access WEAMS (Web Enabled Approval Management System) to search for South Hills School of Business & Technology and locate the programs which are approved by the VA and SAA (State Approving Agency). [ How To Read a WEAMS Report ]

Funding Opportunities For Veterans and Their Families

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.

South Hills School of Business & Technology has entered into a voluntary agreement with the VA to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the tuition and fees payable through the Post-9/11 GI Bill® (i.e. annual national cap.) SHSBT will annually contribute $500 to five VA students and the VA will match the contribution, not to exceed 50% of the difference. To be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program the veteran must meet the following criteria:

  • a) Be enrolled in an approved specialized associate degree program;
  • b) Served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months and were honorably discharged;
  • c) Discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001; or
  • d) Are a dependent who received benefits transferred from an eligible service member;
  • e) Be a VA student attending the State College main campus.

Only Veterans receiving the maximum benefit rate, as determined by the service requirements, or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program. Child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100 percent rate.

SHSBT School Certifying Official (SCO) will notify potential eligible VA student. The VA student must respond to the SCO to apply for Yellow Ribbon Program benefits. The funds will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis, regardless of the rate at which the individual is pursuing training.

For payout examples and more information visit the New GI Bill® website.

Veterans are urged to contact the Financial Aid office for more information.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates educational programs to veterans and members of their families. They administer the Montgomery GI Bill®, the Post Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program, the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606, and 1607) and school approvals, compliance surveys, and work study.

For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.