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RJT Criminal Defense is pleased to announce that it will be offering two scholarships annually* for veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Each of the scholarships will provide $1,000 toward tuition to attend an educational program chosen by the recipient.

Hundreds of thousands of American veterans have been diagnosed with PTSD. Only about 50% of them seek treatment, and among those who do seek treatment, only about half receive what has been described as “minimally adequate” treatment. After a traumatic event, many people experience confusion, fear and anger. If those feelings don’t go away, or worsen you may have PTSD. PTSD can disrupt your life and make it difficult to engage in everyday activities, including work, education and home life. The scholarship program is designed to provide assistance to those veterans with PTSD who are committed to furthering their education.


Description of the Scholarships

RJT Criminal Defense is offering two educational scholarships annually to United States veterans with PTSD. Each of the scholarships is in the amount of $1,000, the funds to be paid for tuition for secondary education, college (or community college), or trade school. Applicants need not currently be students in order to qualify for an award. Within one year from the date of their award, the winners must provide RJT Criminal Defense with a tuition invoice from the educational institution, and a $1,000 check for will be issued to the institution at that time.

Qualifications for the Scholarships

The program is open to veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have been diagnosed with PTSD.


Your completed application (along with uploads/attachments) must be received by us on or before November 14, 2016.

Application Requirements

  • Online application below.
  • A brief statement (no more than 100 words) on your educational plans.
  • An essay (must be original) of 650 to 1,000 words, on the subject of how PTSD has affected your life.
  • We may also ask you for documentation of your status as a U.S. veteran, as well as proof that you have been diagnosed with PTSD.

The Application Process

Complete the online application (including all uploads), and indicate that you agree to the terms of the program.

Consideration in the selection process will be given to the amount of activity which your application generates online. Statements and essays that attract and hold the attention of readers will likely lead to increased activity. The final decision will be made by Ryan J. Tegnelia in his sole discretion. The names of the winners will be announced on or before December 13, 2016, with simultaneous notification to the winners by email.

* The annual scholarship program may be discontinued at the beginning of any calendar year at the discretion of RJT Criminal Defense.

*In the case of a veteran receiving full compensation from the government for college/school, upon request they may receive a direct check instead of a payment to the educational organization, assuming all other criteria are met.

Scholarships for Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder