BUENA VISTA, Va. — Southern Virginia University has announced a change in the way its returned missionary grant will be awarded by removing the residential housing requirement and extending a flat grant of $2,000 per year to all returned missionaries enrolled at the university.

Returned missionaries who attended Southern Virginia prior to their missions will continue to receive an additional $1,000 grant per year, bringing the total returned missionary grant for them to $3,000 per year.

We want to recognize the significant contribution returned missionaries made in the mission field in addition to the spirit, leadership and maturity they bring to campus, said Walter E. Ralls, Jr., vice president of student life and enrollment at Southern Virginia. The returned missionary grant reflects our continuing commitment to recognize the service of missionaries and to help them receive an exemplary liberal-arts education.

The change will be effective fall semester 2008 for all new and current students.

Southern Virginia University is an independent liberal arts college primarily for Latter-day Saints. Its mission is to prepare students to become leader-servants, equipped to lead and ready to serve. By providing rigorous instruction in the letters, arts and sciences, Southern Virginia provides an ideal learning atmosphere characterized by intensive student-faculty interaction, engaging educational experiences and a supportive campus environment. You can learn more about SVU here.