National Scholarship Program Announces Fall 2021 Recipients

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (August 10, 2021) –Celebrating the nonprofit and program’s 15th anniversary, Hope For The Warriors recently awarded 15 Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships for higher education for the fall 2021 semester.

Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit that assists veterans, service members and military families with a variety of programming including clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition services.

For 15 years, Hope For The Warriors has awarded Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships twice a year. The program recognizes and rewards post-9/11 spouses and caregivers for their strength, fidelity and resolve despite adversity as they assume critical roles in the financial well-being of their families.

Scholarships vary from $1,500 to $2,500 and are applied toward higher education at an accredited U.S. university, college, or trade school. Unique to the program is a scholarship for Master of Social Work students, Restoring Hope.

Fifteen scholarships totaling $31,500 were awarded to the following for the 2021 fall semester:

  • Claudia Moreno of San Antonio, Texas: “Honorary” Scholarship, University of the Incarnate Word
  • Evanna Burgwardt of Rocky Hill, Connecticut: “Honorary” Scholarship, Central Connecticut State University
  • Lindsay Smith of Eugene, Oregon: “Honorary” Scholarship, University of Oregon
  • Clarissa Lopez of Fort Worth, Texas: “Restoring Hope” Scholarship, Tarleton State University
  • Sylvia Lemus of Bellflower, California: “Restoring Hope” Scholarship, USC School of Social Work
  • Courtnee Peterson of St. Angelo, Texas: “Restoring Hope” Scholarship, Angelo State University
  • Chelsey Wilkinson of Camino, California: “Restoring Self” Scholarship, Arizona State University
  • Najeia Besiso of Austin, Texas: “Restoring Self” Scholarship, Southwestern University
  • Nicole Glaus of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania: “Restoring Self” Scholarship, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
  • Cella Logan of Jacksonville, Florida: “Restoring Family” Scholarship, Southern New Hampshire University
  • Marissa Collier of San Antonio, Texas: “Restoring Family” Scholarship, Our Lady of the Lake University
  • Patricia Cone of Cleveland, Ohio: “Restoring Family” Scholarship, Cuyahoga Community College
  • Bernadette Fox of Arden, North Carolina: “New Beginnings” Scholarship, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
  • Alyssa Callender of The Woodlands, Texas “New Beginnings” Scholarship, Martino Center-Harvard University
  • Cathleen McDonald of St. Mary’s, Georgia: “New Beginnings” Scholarship, College of Coastal Georgia

“The Military Spouse/Caregiver Scholarship program was one of the first programs we began when Hope For The Warriors came to life 15 years ago,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president/CEO of Hope For The Warriors. “It’s amazing to think about all of the incredible spouses and caregivers who’ve been impacted by this program in 15 years. We’re honored and proud to have played a small role in their educational goals.”

Since the program’s inception, Hope For The Warriors has granted 172 Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships totaling $471,222.

The 2022 spring scholarship application is open now until Sept. 30. To receive an application to apply, visit and apply for services.

For more information on Hope For The Warriors, visit hopeforthewarriors.orgFacebook or Twitter.

About Hope For The Warriors: 

Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served over 36,000 through a variety of support programs focused on clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition. One of the nonprofit’s first programs, Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships, has awarded over 170 scholarships to caregivers and families of the fallen. For more information, visit, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.