September 24, 2015 – Cypress, CA – Trident University International (Trident) is set to introduce the William "Joe" Gainey Scholarship. Named in honor of retired Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (SEAC) and Trident Board of Trustees member William "Joe" Gainey, this scholarship is open to all E-9 active duty, reserve, and National Guard members currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and pursuing a graduate degree at Trident.

This scholarship supplements the Military Education Grant that is also available to active duty, reserve, and National Guard members. With the William "Joe" Gainey Scholarship, E-9s working towards a graduate degree will pay a total of $250 per credit hour.

There will always be opportunities in front of us, and we must know when to take advantage of them. We should always make time for educational opportunities!

SEAC (R) William "Joe" Gainey, Board of Trustees

SEAC (R) Gainey enlisted in the Army in 1974 and served the United States for 33 years. Over the course of his career he held several leadership positions ranging from gunner to Command Sergeant Major. He served in Operation Joint Endeavor (IFOR), Operation Joint Guard (SFOR3) and Operation Joint Forge (SFOR 8) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as in Operation Iraqi Freedom II.

Beginning in October 2005, SEAC (R) Gainey was the first Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, honorably serving in a role dedicated to advising the chairperson on matters of professional development of enlisted personnel assigned to joint billets. He retired on April 25, 2008 with the rank of Command Sergeant Major.

SEAC (R) Gainey holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Education, both from Trident. In addition, he serves as a Board Advisor for Centurion Military Alliance, Military Program Advisor for Eye Safety Systems, and is the founder and owner of WGainey Consulting.

Trident University, a leading 100% online post-secondary institution that offers degrees at the bachelors, masters, and doctorate levels, is committed to its community of adult learners and over 32,000 alumni. Founded in 1998, the University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission.

About Trident University 
Founded in 1998, Trident University International (Trident) is a leading online post-secondary university serving adult learners. Trident developed the Trident Learning Model, which employs case-based learning in an online setting to teach real-world relevant critical thinking skills to enhance student’s lives and careers. Trident offers high-quality bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree programs, led by a qualified faculty team, over 80% of whom have doctoral degrees. Visit, Trident’s Facebook page, or call at 800-579-3197 to learn more about Trident’s wide range of program offerings.