The University of Memphis just made a generous decision affecting the children and spouses of fallen American soldiers. The school becomes the first to offer the national Folds of Honor scholarship. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported on Memorial Day that it is a payment in full scholarship covering all expenses for a degree. The university already accepts the scholarship. It provides a $5,000-year-year payment to undergraduate students under the age of 24 who had a parent severely injured or killed while on active duty. Spouses of any age can also receive it if they have not remarried.
The average cost of tuition Memphis is reportedly about $9,700 a year, plus room and board, fees and textbooks. Any outstanding fees may also be covered by additional scholarships, said university President David Rudd.
“Our commitment is to cover any gap that exists as a result and to relieve them of that burden,” Rudd said.
The generous offer will be formally signed by Rudd in the coming weeks.
“This sacrifice is remarkable and we need to recognize that,” he said.