I wrote back to Dan and told him I thought the program ought to be scrapped. Why should six students per county scarf up thousands of dollars just because a parent served during a military conflict? (Do you think there are really any children of WW II vets going to college?)
Here is Treasurer Rutherford's email:
"There is a tuition waiver available for children of Veterans living in Illinois. The waiver may be used for any University of Illinois campus. Up to six waivers per Illinois county are awarded each year, one for each of the following conflicts: World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam Conflict, Southwest Asia Conflict, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Applications will be available beginning December 1, 2011. Students need to apply before March 1, 2012. To learn more about this tuition waiver, go to: https://secure.admin.illinois.edu/osfa/scholarship-database/detail.aspx?id=1522
"Any questions can be directed to The Office of Student Financial Aid, Ph: 217-333-0100. Please let anyone who qualifies know about this opportunity.
"Sincerely, Dan Rutherford Illinois State Treasurer"