Pillars of Strength Scholarship Program
The Pillars of Strength Scholarship Program honors the exceptional sacrifices of the family and non-family volunteer caregivers of our nation’s injured servicemembers. Because this extraordinary commitment often causes caregivers to delay their personal pursuits, the fund was established to assist them in achieving their educational goals. The Pillars of Strength program is supported and managed by the Yellow Ribbon Fund and The Blewitt Foundation, each serving the severely wounded and their families, in association with UMUC, a global provider of higher education to our nation’s military since 1947.
The program kicked off in April 2013 with the awarding of three UMUC scholarships to dedicated caregivers, and in April 2015, two more individuals were recognized for their service to injured family members.
UMUC, The Blewitt Foundation, and the Yellow Ribbon Fund welcome applications from all qualified candidates. Applicants must:
- Be a volunteer caregiver (i.e. spouse, parent, step-parent, sibling, step-sibling, fiancé, etc.) of a military servicemember who was seriously wounded as a result of his/her service during the Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and/or Operation New Dawn (OND), and who currently serves or has served as a volunteer caregiver to that service member, as certified by YRF (in its sole discretion).
- Demonstrate financial need as determined by the UMUC Financial Aid Office, based upon information supplied on the completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
- Either be currently enrolled or will enroll in a degree or certificate program at UMUC, with a minimum of 6 credit hours for undergraduate students and 3 credit hours for graduate students during the Fall, Spring, and Summer (optional) terms.
- Agree to participate in activities to help promote the Pillars of Strength scholarship program. Such activities may include a photo shoot, attendance at an event, and/or the creation of video documenting selected scholarship recipients.