National scholarship program announces spring 2024 recipients

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (Jan. 16, 2024)Hope For The Warriors recently awarded 18 Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships for higher education for the spring 2024 semester.

Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a foundation of stability, strength and community for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families.

Since 2006, 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 $1,800 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 a Ph.D. or Master of Social Work or Counseling Psychology students, Restoring Hope.

In the spring of 2024, five scholarships were funded for multiple semesters thanks to The Jerry Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund and The Riding For Warriors Scholarship Fund, sponsored by Hillmann Counseling, LLC, and Michael Nehlsen.

Three scholarships were funded through The Jerry Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund for multiple semesters through a gift from Fred and Maria Jose Wright with the goal of allowing recipients to achieve their educational goals without interruption. These include one Restoring Family and one Restoring Self scholarship (bachelor’s degrees) at $2,500 each and one New Beginnings Scholarship (associate and entry level classes or training) at $1,800.

In addition, the Riding For Warriors Scholarship Fund, sponsored by Hillmann Consulting, LLC, and Michael Nehlsen, funded two scholarships for multiple semesters which include one Restoring Self Scholarship at $2,500 and one New Beginnings Scholarship at $1,800.

Scholarships totaling $41,500 were awarded to the following for the 2024 spring semester:

  • Jessica Van Driel of Rock Valley, Iowa: Honorary Scholarship, Western Governors University.
  • Jill St. George of Cummings, Georgia: Honorary Scholarship, University of Georgia.
  • Melissa Ream of Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania: Honorary Scholarship, University of Cincinnati.
  • Courtnee Peterson of San Angelo, Texas (three-time recipient): Restoring Hope Scholarship, Angelo State University.
  • Carol Tripp of Florence, Oregon: Restoring Hope Scholarship, Liberty University.
  • Laura Hentig of Monument, Colorado: Restoring Self Scholarship, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. The Riding For Warriors Scholarship Fund, sponsored by Hillmann Consulting, LLC, and Michael Nehlsen.
  • Kelsey Smith of Clearwater, Florida: Restoring Self Scholarship, Full Sail University. The Jerry Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund.
  • Candace Mulhauser of Meza, Arizona (two-time recipient): Restoring Self Scholarship, University of Arizona.
  • Virginia Zellner of Bonne Terre, Missouri: Restoring Self Scholarship, Purdue University Global.
  • Geri DiGeorgio of Daleville, Alabama: Restoring Self Scholarship, University of Maryland Global Campus.
  • Breanna Pena of Tucson, Arizona: Restoring Family Scholarship, University of Arizona. The Jerry Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund.
  • Veronica Wiscowiche of Victorville, California: Restoring Family Scholarship, Ashford University.
  • Janet Wehrly of Galesburg, Illinois: Restoring Family, University of Illinois Chicago.
  • Leslie Blankenship of Weeki Wachee, Florida: New Beginnings Scholarship, Allegany College of Maryland. The Riding For Warriors Scholarship Fund, sponsored by Hillmann Consulting, LLC and Michael Nehlsen.
  • Sarah Reimers of Palm Bay, Florida: New Beginnings Scholarship, Eastern Florida State College. The Jerry Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund.
  • Nancy Davis of San Antonio, Texas: New Beginnings Scholarship, American College of Health Sciences.
  • Timothy Ingram of Fayetteville, North Carolina: New Beginnings Scholarship, Fayetteville Technical Community College.
  • Nikkimah Davis of Dumfries, Virginia: New Beginnings Scholarship, Tulane University – Alliance of Social Works in Sports.

“It’s heartwarming to see this program continue to grow each year,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of the nonprofit organization. “From the rise in applications for scholarships to donor support, we know this scholarship program is life changing for these military spouses and caregivers.”

Since the program’s inception, Hope For The Warriors has granted 249 Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships totaling $641,607.

The 2024 fall scholarship application is open from March 1- April 30. To receive an application to apply, visit hopeforthewarriors.org and connect for services.

For more information on Hope For The Warriors and Warrior’s Wish program, visit hopeforthewarriors.orgFacebookX, or Instagram.

Media Contact:

Erin McCloskey
Hope For The Warriors
erin@etmccloskey.com
(336) 207-5222

About Hope For The Warriors: Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a foundation of stability, strength and community for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served over 159,000 through a variety of support programs focused on providing financial, career and educational stability; physical and emotional strength; and social support that builds community. One of the nonprofit’s first programs, Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships, has awarded 232 scholarships to caregivers and families of the fallen. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.orgFacebookXInstagram or LinkedIn.

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