National scholarship program for military spouses and caregivers to benefit from long term donation

Maria Jose, Fred with their son Jerry Wright.

Maria Jose, Fred with their son Jerry Wright.

To view the Wright family video, visit https://youtu.be/C-PpRndxze8

MIAMI (March 13, 2024) – Florida residents Maria Jose and Fred Wright recently pledged to support Hope For The Warriors and its Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarship program for four consecutive years. In memory of their son, Jerald A. Wright, The Jerry Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded its first three scholarships for the spring 2024 semester.

The goal of The Jerry Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund is to award recipients with multiple semesters allowing them to achieve their educational goals without interruption. In addition, $700 per semester for educational needs split between the recipients.

Scholarships were awarded to the following for the 2024 spring semester from The Jerry Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund:

  • Kelsey Smith of Clearwater, Florida: Restoring Self Scholarship (bachelor’s degrees) at $2,500 a semester for studies at Full Sail University
  • Breanna Pena of Tucson, Arizona: Restoring Family Scholarship (bachelor’s degrees) at $2,500 a semester for studies at the University of Arizona.
  • Sarah Reimers of Palm Bay, Florida: New Beginnings Scholarship (associate and entry level classes or training) at $1,800 for studies at Eastern Florida State College.

Since 2011, the Wright Family has supported Hope For The Warriors, and specifically the Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarship program since the death of their son.

“For a scholarship to truly have impact on improving the life of our military families dealing with so much, the recipients must finish their educational goals so they can get the better jobs and an improved economic situation that comes with that,” shares Maria Jose. “We must do better in supporting them to not only start working towards a higher degree but do our best to get them over the finish line and that diploma. That is the hope of the Jerry Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund – let’s get them to their goal!”

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.

“As one of the original Hope For The Warriors programs over 17 years ago, it’s incredible to think about how many spouses and caregivers lives have been impacted by these scholarships,” shared Robin Kelleher, Hope For The Warriors co-founder and CEO. “The Wright family is continuing to carry on their son’s legacy of helping others by funding educational opportunities for deserving military families, many who have made incredible sacrifices to support their spouses and/or loved ones.”

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.

Media Contact:

Erin McCloskey – Hope For The Warriors
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 249 scholarships to caregivers and families of the fallen. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.orgFacebookXInstagram or LinkedIn.

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