WASHINGTON — Lincoln Education Services will offer more than $500,000 in scholarships to servicemembers, veterans and their spouses, as part of the Armed Forces Support Foundation’s Hire a Hero program.

That includes eight scholarships for overseas military to take online courses in the company’s criminal justice or allied health degree programs, according to Lincoln officials.

Officials with both groups said the goal is to help troops and their families succeed after their military careers have ended.

“We want to provide our American heroes with a network of supporters who will help them find quality jobs and training opportunities,” Dan Caulfield, Hire a Hero executive director, said in a statement.

The eight overseas scholarships will cover all tuition costs for the online program.

In addition, the group will award 54 partial scholarships, some up to $10,000, to Guard and Reserve troops or their spouses for degree programs in automotive technology, health sciences, skilled trades, business, information technology or hospitality at local Lincoln campuses.

Another 60 scholarships of $2,000 each will be given to active-duty troops, veterans, or the spouses of either for study in those same academic fields.

To apply, eligible students must file an online essay or video explaining what serving the country means to them, and what they hope to accomplish with the scholarship.

Recipients also will be required to pass a qualification entrance exam before beginning any degree program.

Lincoln Educational Services currently operates 37 campuses in 17 states under five brands: Lincoln College of Technology, Lincoln Technical Institute, Nashville Auto-Diesel College, Southwestern College and Euphoria.

For more information, or to apply for a scholarship, visit Applications are due by Aug. 17.

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