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Sonoran Desert Institute

Sonoran Desert Institute

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI), an industry leader in providing accredited and accelerated distance learning, has partnered with the United States Military Educators Association – Online to provide new scholarships to student veterans.

The new program establishes 12 all-new tuition scholarships — $3,200 each — for student veterans within the USMEA network.

“We’re very proud to work together with USMEA-Online in providing these new scholarships for student veterans,” says Pam Rogers, director of Sonoran Desert Institute.

“The training, experience and professionalism of our veterans make them uniquely qualified for the gunsmithing trade and we believe our new partnership with USMEA-Online will help support these professionals in providing a very much needed service to gun owners and firearm enthusiasts across America.”

The 2013-14 SDI-USMEA Online Scholarship application will be open between the first and 25th of each month. Student veterans must complete an online application, answer two essay questions, attach the required documents, and submit one letter of reference prior to the deadline. All successful candidates must be on active duty, reserve, received an honorable discharge, or is in good standing with his/her branch of service; have official documentation as a wounded and/or injured service member; provide military status by a DD 214, or other military document for service; and demonstrate a commitment to and passion for armorer, gunsmith trade and/or hobby.

United States Military Educators Association – Online works in collaboration with multiple professional veterans’ organizations, corporations and support teams to provide professional services and support to military, veteran members and their families. USMEA-Online assists schools in becoming truly ‘Military & Veteran Supportive,’ and it has been officially recognized numerous times by the U.S. Congress as well as the Department of Defense for its efforts. For more information on USMEA-Online, visit

Sonoran Desert Institute is an accredited distance learning school providing undergraduate degree and certificate programs in allied health, real estate and construction and firearms technology. Sonoran Desert Institute School of Firearms Technology offers a 40 semester-credit Gunsmithing Certificate course and is the most complete gunsmith training program of its kind. The Associate of Science degree in Firearms Technology program prepares students for personal development and/or employment in the custom gun trade, from entry-level employees to small business owners. Students learn about custom firearms, stocks, rifles, handguns, shotguns, metal refinishing, ballistics, metal work and engraving, and business principles necessary to become a gunsmith. The Firearms Technology program requires 60 semester credit hours.

Sonoran Desert Institute offers high quality, rigorous educational programs with the convenience and flexibility of distance delivery. The school has been an innovator since its inception and is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). SDI educational programs are designed predominantly for adult learners, based on principles and practices of active self-learning, and feature one-on-one faculty class facilitation.

To learn more about on the highly acclaimed distance learning programs at Sonoran Desert Institute, visit or call 800.336.8939.

Located in Scottsdale, Ariz., Sonoran Desert Institute is an accredited online school providing undergraduate degree and certificate programs in allied health, real estate and construction and firearms technology. SDI is dedicated to offering affordable, premium, distance-delivered career education that provides a labor market advantage to its graduates. For more information on Sonoran Desert Institute, call 800.336.8939 or visit

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