Offering Veterans New Opportunities
At Sterling College, your classrooms include the fields, farms, woodlots, sugarbushes, watersheds, and mountains of Vermont’s beautiful Northeast Kingdom. You’ll dig your hands into the soil, grow food, cut lumber, map invasive plants, care for horses, spin fiber, and track wildlife. Here, you can tap into your passion for the natural world and cultivate a life of environmental stewardship.
The Sterling College community is open and friendly and includes people of diverse life experiences, including military veterans. We offer five environmentally focused majors—Sustainable Agriculture, Outdoor Education, Sustainable Food Systems, Ecology, or Environmental Humanities. But we also allow students to self-design a program to match your life and career goals.
Sterling has a Veterans’ Club and we are members of Student Veterans of America.
College-to-Farm Program for Veterans
Sterling College wants to grow the next generation of farmers. Sterling College is offering five, $10,000 grants to veterans who complete a Sterling degree in Sustainable Agriculture or Sustainable Food Systems as “seed” money to help you start a food or farm-based business.
According to a recent report by the Department of Labor, the average age of a U.S. farmer is 56 and approaching retirement age. There is clearly a growing need to cultivate the next generation of farmers in this country. Concurrently, there is a groundswell of veterans who are interested in farming after their military careers.
This program is only available to honorably discharged veterans or those currently serving. All applicants are urged to apply and can begin studies at Sterling in the spring, summer, or fall.
- If you are a transfer student, you must be enrolled at Sterling for at least two years.
- You must complete a degree in Sustainable Agriculture or Sustainable Food Systems with at least a 3.0 GPA.
- The $10,000 grant is just that, a grant. There is no requirement to pay it back.
- After you graduate, The Center for Agricultural Economy will help with business and technical services as well as offer industrial kitchens, food safety training and business advising.
- After graduation, Yankee Farm Credit will offer business planning and consulting, and an additional $50,000 business loan for credit-worthy applicants.
Please feel free to contact our Veteran Support Coordinator Lucy Hankinson with any questions you might have! You can reach her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll-free at (800) 648-3591. Vermont residents can call (802) 586-7711 ext.106
Be sure to enter discount code NO FEE into the application.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Sterling College is a proud participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program helps close the gap between your GI Bill benefits and the cost of a Sterling College education. Sterling offers up to $2,500/semester, for 10 student veterans. The program is a dollar-for-dollar match program and is an automatic benefit provided by the Veteran’s Administration and Sterling College.
Sterling College is Military Friendly
Sterling College has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse. Now in its seventh year, the list recognizes top colleges and universities for exhibiting leading practices in recruiting and supporting post-military students.