Leila Gallagher

The scholarship provides an American Federation of Government Employee member with up to $38,600 in tuition costs, required text books, software and fees

Grantham University presents AFGE member Steve Velzo with a full scholarship

Jon Anfinsen, AFGE Local 2366 President (left), and Cheryl Eliano, AFGE District 10 Vice President (right), present AFGE member Steve Velzo with a full scholarship from Grantham University scholarship.

LENEXA, Kan. – December 8, 2016 - Grantham University, a 65-year-old institution delivering accredited online degrees to working adults, veterans and active-duty military students around the world, has partnered with the American Federation of Government  Employees (AFGE), to award a full scholarship to Steve Veloz, an AFGE member. Mr. Veloz’s goal is to earn a bachelor’s degree at Grantham.

“Grantham offers several scholarships, including the AFGE opportunity. We strive to make education available to those with a dream of professional and personal advancement,” said Dr. Cheryl Hayek, Grantham’s Interim University President and Provost. “We are delighted to award this scholarship to Steve, and look forward to supporting him every step of the way.”

In Veloz’s scholarship essay, he summarized his past military service and explained that in his current role as a U.S. Border Patrol agent and union steward, the main reason for seeking higher education is to “be able to bargain on behalf of our employees to the best of my abilities. Granting me a scholarship is a return investment for my union and the employees I represent.”

Veloz is a member of AFGE District 10 and treasurer of Local 2366 in Del Rio, Texas. He joined the U.S. Border Patrol in 2001.

The AFGE scholarship provides up to $38,600 to cover tuition costs, required textbooks, software and fees at Grantham University. For more information about Grantham University scholarship opportunities visit:

About Grantham University: Grantham University was established in 1951 and today offers 50 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. With a mission to provide quality, accessible, affordable, professionally relevant programs in a continuously changing global society, Grantham’s courses are 100 percent online, allowing students to study at home, at work, on Temporary Duty or from almost anywhere in the world. Continuously accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), Grantham University has earned a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning more than six decades of service.