GIBill.com Selects First Winner of $500 Scholarship

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Last month, GIBill.com launched a scholarship contest where participants submitted a photo along with a short caption explaining their reasons for going to school. Recently, GIBill.com picked its first winner and will announce a second on March 15.

Pictured: Army Sergeant Jordan Blake working with children in Afghanistan Photo credit: Army Staff Sergeant Helen Miller

When I have questions about my GI Bill benefits, GIBill.com is my one-stop-shop for answers. No place else has all of the information I need for myself and my soldiers in such an organized and easy-to-use fashion.

GIBill.com has selected the first winner of its "Declare Your Major" scholarship contest. Participants submitted a photo along with a short caption explaining their reasons for going to school. The winning entry features U.S. Army Sgt. Jordan Blake, who works with a soldier-driven humanitarian assistance program. Sergeant Blake's winning photo features her with a group of young women in Afghanistan to whom she had distributed donated school supplies.

"Having the opportunity to interact with young girls who a decade ago would never have had a chance at an education makes me all the more determined to finish mine," commented Blake. "My hope is that my diligence will help set a good example, and that I can turn my education into a resource for my peers and subordinates."

An avid user of the GIBill.com site, Blake was ecstatic to hear the news that she had won the scholarship contest and would be receiving extra financial assistance. This assistance will help with her goal to earn a degree in history at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Blake plans to further her military career with the National Guard Reserves while working for the State Department. She also plans on getting a master's degree in either Homeland Security or International Relations.

"It's important to me to be an asset which is why I've continued to pursue my bachelor's degree while accumulating professional and deployment experience," shared Blake. "Completing my education will make me a better solider, leader, and member of society and I can't wait!"

Blake found out about GIBill.com's "Declare Your Major" contest the first time she visited the website by typing "GI Bill" into her search engine. Blake admits she visited GIBill.com every day while searching for information related to applying for her GI Bill benefits. While Blake found the site's resources and information to be beneficial to her research, it was the simple navigation that drove her to return to the site again and again. Additionally, Blake found one feature on the site, the "GI Bill Cheat Sheet" particularly useful and now regularly shares it with her junior soldiers.

"It's hard to quantify what I've achieved, but to me the greatest accomplishments have come in the form of seeing my soldiers find success and then having them turn around and thank me for playing a part in it," Blake said. "When I have questions about my GI Bill benefits, GIBill.com is my one-stop-shop for answers. No place else has all of the information I need for myself and my soldiers in such an organized and easy-to-use fashion."

The "Declare Your Major" contest is still accepting entries and a second winner will be announced on March 15. Details about the GIBill.com "Declare Your Major" Photo Scholarship Contest can be found on the official contest rules page.

About GIBill.com:

GIBill.com, a trusted resource since 1999, provides in-depth benefits information and news to over 50,000 service members and veterans each month. Devoted to providing comprehensive and pertinent information to service members, veterans and their families, GIBill.com is committed to keeping members of the military community up-to-date on their Montgomery and Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits as well as provide information on tuition reimbursement rates, the housing allowance, GI Bill comparison charts, and much more.

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