Norwich University awards scholarships to Special Operations Forces students

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Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) recently awarded three Brian R. Bill Memorial Scholarships to select members of the Armed Forces who are currently enrolled in one of seven online bachelor’s degree completion programs. This is just one category of Norwich scholarships dedicated to members of the Special Operations Forces.

Since the start of the scholarship programs in 2017, CGCS has provided students from the U.S. Navy, Army and Marine Corps approximately $38,000 in scholarships, $15,000 of which has been awarded since June 2019. CGCS Special Operation Forces scholarships include the Brian R. Bill Scholarship, the Sergeant’s Three Scholarship, the De Oppresso Liber Scholarship and the Special Operation CGCS Scholarship. These scholarships support military personnel and students’ goals of furthering their education by allowing service members to continue their education when government education benefits are unavailable.

“I am proud to support service members by giving them the opportunity to achieve their educational and professional goals,” Norwich University Vice President and CGCS Dean William Clements said. “Through these scholarships, Norwich can continue its 200-year legacy of educating and serving military leaders.”

The Brian R. Bill Scholarship is dedicated to Brian Robert Bill, a Chief Special Warfare Operator, U.S. Navy (SEAL), and Norwich University Corps of Cadets alumnus who was killed in action on Aug. 6, 2011. This scholarship seeks to honor Brian R. Bill and service members of the U.S. Special Operations community.

“It is an honor [and] a privilege to apply for this scholarship, and while I did not know Brian Bill directly, his reputation as a warrior and a SEAL precede him,” one scholarship recipient said. “[I] was looking for a notable university to complete my degree and needed the online flexibility. I found a prestigious university with a distinguished history stoked deep in military tradition that offered an online option at Norwich and fell in love!”

For more information about CGCS’ scholarships please visit the Paying for Your Education page located at