Folds of Honor Foundation Scholarships
“Are you drunk?”
An appropriate question when your spouse calls home in the very wee hours of the morning, stating he has found his mission in life. No, Major Dan Rooney wasn’t drunk that night, and supported by his wife, Jacqy, and through inspiration of fallen service members and their children, the Folds of Honor Foundation came to life. The name is derived from the legend of what each fold of the American flag means. FOH offers two scholarships; the Children’s Scholarship Fund for children from kindergarten through 12th grade, and a post-secondary scholarship.
The Children’s Scholarship Fund provides tuition assistance for K-12 education and certain summer camps, as well as for uniforms, books, and tutoring. Eligibility is based on parental death or disability (of at least 90%) during or as a result of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, or Operation New Dawn. The death of their parents should not prevent children from continuing their education in the manner their parent wanted, nor should they lose the stability of their educational surroundings while enduring the overwhelming loss of a parent. The application requires proof of dependency, proof of disability/death, and the child’s enrollment status with transcripts. A brief essay (by the parent) is also needed.
The post-secondary scholarship is for all dependents, military spouses and children alike. The eligibility for these scholarships is expanded compared to the Children’s Scholarship. It includes:
- dependents of Prisoners of War (POWs) and those Missing in Action (MIAs);
- dependents of those forcibly detained or interned by a foreign power; and
- dependents of service members who received a purple heart.
The award can be applied toward tuition, fees, and books for two-year and four-year college programs as well as for technical and professional vocational programs. Unlike most scholarships, this can be applied to and held for future use for the child; the surviving parent may apply on his/her child’s behalf. Scholarships may be renewed based on a minimum 2.0 grade point average, good standing at the school, and available funding. Applications for future use, present use, and continuing use require independent applications and additional paperwork proving dependency and service member status, as well as brief essays.
There are many ways to help the Folds of Honor Foundation help our military dependents. Do you play golf? Find a course that participates in Patriot Golf Day and play a round (or two!) for a good cause. Your local fairway not participating? Convince them to host a Patriot Golf Day and spread the word to your fellow golfers! If you’re in Oklahoma, consider participating in or watching The Patriot Cup, a PGA-sponsored Memorial Day weekend fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation.
Are you a music fan? Country music singer Craig Morgan wrote “What Matters Most” for the Folds of Honor Foundation. Purchase and download the song, as well as make an additional donation online. Love swag? Find books, shirts, hats, and other items at the Folds of Honor online store. Direct financial donations may be made online, too.