SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Frankfort) passed a measure to create greater access to the MIA/POW Scholarship for children of veterans.

“This measure will give aid to families that have already made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Hastings. “Helping our veterans’ children afford a college education is the least we could do to thank them for their service.”

Under Hastings’ measure, legally adopted dependents under the age of 18 at the time of adoption and step-children who were under the age of 18 at the time of marriage would be eligible for the MIA/POW Scholarship.

The scholarships would cover tuition for post-secondary education programs at state universities and public community colleges. It would also cover the cost of schooling equal to four years, including summer semesters, and could be used for application fees, placement and proficiency testing fees, term fees, and graduation fees.

“Taking care of our veterans and their families has always been a top priority of mine,” Hastings said. “We must continue to work toward assisting those who served our state and nation with honor and respect.” 

Senate Bill 3762 passed the Senate with bipartisan support and now heads to the House for consideration.