Visual Impairment and Orientation and Mobility Professionals Scholarship Program - VIOMPSP

Employer
Department Of Veterans Affair...
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Feb 10, 2017
Closes
May 01, 2017
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

VISUAL IMPAIRMENT AND ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY PROFESSIONALS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (VIOMPSP)

***THIS IS A SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT***

***THIS IS NOT AN ANNOUNCEMENT TO OBTAIN A JOB WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS.*** 

Scholarship Application Identification Number: 1912566

***THIS IS A SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT***

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS SET UP TO RECEIVE APPLICATIONS FOR A SCHOLARSHIP FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND UPON COMPLETION OF THE APPROVED EDUCATION PROGRAM, YOU WILL BE PLACED IN A POSITION FOR WHICH THE EDUCATION RECEIVED HAS PREPARED YOU. 

***THIS IS NOT AN ANNOUNCEMENT TO OBTAIN A JOB WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS.***

The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance to individuals pursuing a program of study leading to a degree or certificate in visual impairment or orientation and mobility. This program will help alleviate the health care workforce shortages in VA by obligating scholarship recipients to complete a minimum of 3 year service obligation at a VA health care facility after graduation and licensure/certification.

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


TRAVEL REQUIRED:
  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this scholarship
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • Unconditionally accepted or currently enrolled in qualifying degree program
  • You must sign a service obligation agreement upon accepting the scholarship
  • You must sign a mobility agreement upon accepting the scholarship
  • In order to qualify for this Scholarship Program, you must be a U.S. citizen, unconditionally accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a program of study leading to a degree in orientation and mobility, low vision therapy, or vision rehabilitation therapy, or a dual degree. After completion of your education, you must serve as a full-time clinical VA employee for a minimum of three years. If you are under a service obligation to serve at another entity or obligated under any other Federal program, you will be ineligible for the VIOMPSP Scholarship Award.

    For the purposes of the VIOMPSP, VA recognizes a bachelor's, master's, education specialist or doctorate that meets the core curriculum and supervised practice requirements in visual impairment and blindness.

    PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

    Veterans' Preference: Eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
    Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials.

    For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

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