G.I. Bill Allows Veterans to Pursue Higher Ed., Prof Says

Published on March 30, 2009
The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill is an excellent opportunity for veterans to pursue higher education, says Clinical Assistant Professor Carl Scott, a Vietnam veteran who benefited from that conflict’s G.I. Bill.

The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill is an excellent opportunity for veterans to pursue higher education, says Clinical Assistant Professor Carl Scott, a Vietnam veteran who benefited from that conflict’s G.I. Bill.

Clinical Assistant Professor Carl Scott, a Vietnam veteran who now teaches in the Department of Decision and Information Sciences at the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business, was able to receive his graduate degree by using the G.I. Bill and hopes the next generation of veterans will capitalize on the same opportunity.

“What is going to be the story 10 years from now?” Scott asked. “How were these veterans welcomed back?”

Scott served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam conflict. He returned to the U.S. in 1978 and used the G.I. Bill to earn his Ph.D. from Colorado State University.

Aside from his work in the classroom, Scott continues to serve his community through many organizations. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston and the Houston Food Bank.

Here, Scott answers questions about his experience with the G.I. Bill and how UH Bauer College can welcome returning soldiers. For more of his insight, visit Scott’s blog at http://businessinfosys.uh.edu. For information on enrollment for veterans, click here.

How did you benefit from the G.I. Bill in 1978?
I benefited from the G.I. Bill by having 50 percent of my graduate education paid for. I had already received my undergraduate degree and had served as an officer. Because of graduate school, I was able to take this wonderful job where I get to talk about things that I am passionate about.

What do veterans from this generation stand to gain from the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill?
They stand to get an advanced degree, undergraduate or graduate, from the bill. Veterans who have kids can give their benefits to their kids, which is something I wasn’t able to do. Today, we understand how important education is.

How should Bauer College to welcome these returning veterans?
They are this generation’s heroes. They put their lives on the line to ensure the safety of people living in the U.S. They have been bringing freedom and democracy to those who have lived without it. They are this generation’s heroes, just as World War II veterans were my heroes.

What would you say to returning veterans to encourage them to take advantage of this opportunity at Bauer College?
The number one thing is they are going to be coming back to a community that values and respects the military. We are in a community where there is a veteran’s hospital within five miles of the UH campus. Houston has more jobs than any city in the country. There is affordable housing, on and off campus. The G.I. Bill actually pays to the highest state tuition, which would make a degree at UH and Bauer College completely covered.