Fallen Soldiers’ Families To Get Free Tuition at U of M

The University of Memphis won’t charge the families of fallen soldiers tuition starting this fall.

The U of M is becoming the first higher education institution nationwide to partner with Folds of Honor, a nonprofit that provides scholarships for spouses and children of military members who are severely injured or killed while on active duty.

U of M president M. David Rudd announced the university will accept the Folds of Honor scholarship as payment in full for tuition for all Tennessee residents and others around the country in accordance with capacity beginning this fall.

The national scholarship pays $5,000 annually, and the U of M will use private donations and other support funds to cover the additional tuition cost.

“We would not exist as a country without the service and sacrifice of so many who defend our freedom,” said Rudd, who is also a veteran. “The families are serving as well, and the loss of a parent or spouse presents a huge hardship, emotionally and financially. The University of Memphis is committed to cover any gap that exists and to relieve these families of that burden.

“The hope is that other universities will follow, helping the University of Memphis establish a national consortium committed to recognizing the remarkable contributions and sacrifices of our men and women in uniform.”

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission named the University of Memphis a VETS Campus in 2015, one of 12 institutions in the state to be recognized for its service to student veterans.

Donations to the U of M’s Folds of Honor project scholarship fund can be made at memphis.edu/development, the U of M Foundation’s website.

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