More descendants of Vietnam veterans will be able to get help with paying for their higher education, thanks to a generous donation by Detroit Chapter #9 of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA9).

The organization approved a new $250,000 endowment that will be managed by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, which doubles the group’s scholarship program commitment to half a million dollars. VVA9 established the program in 2019. Scholarships are awarded annually. This year’s deadline to register was Feb. 15; the application deadline is March 15, 2021.

“The members of VVA9 are proud to increase the endowment with the Community Foundation, thus helping more deserving descendants of Vietnam veterans pursue their education,” said VVA9 President Paul Palazzolo.

Noted Mariam Noland, president of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan: “We are grateful for the continued partnership with VVA9. We congratulate the VVA9 for supporting youth whose family gave of themselves to support our country.”

Last year’s recipients were Shaylin Cota of Tawas, Angelos Gogonis of Birmingham, and Katarina Moore of Royal Oak.

Michigan has more than 200,000 Vietnam-era veterans, according to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics and the U.S. Census, the largest group of veterans in the state.