WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ThanksUSA today announced that it awarded 315 scholarships totaling nearly $1 million in 2012 to the children and spouses of active-duty servicemen and women. ThanksUSA is a charitable organization that mobilizes Americans to "thank" the troops and their families for their daily sacrifices through need-based post-secondary school scholarships.
"With our troops deployed around the globe protecting our freedoms, we are privileged to be able to assist their families here at home with the gift of education," said ThanksUSA Executive Director Michele Stork.
Among the ThanksUSA scholarships are 65 awarded to families of veterans wounded or killed in action, supported through a partnership with the Folds of Honor Foundation (FOH), which dedicates its actions to military members suffering the ultimate sacrifice and disabilities. As one of the largest contributors to ThanksUSA's scholarship program since 2009, FOH's $100,000 contribution was matched by ThanksUSA, making the dozens of $3,000 awards possible this year.
"Our strong relationship with ThanksUSA is part of Folds of Honor's service to the nation's military families," said Major Dan Rooney, founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation. "The post-secondary school scholarships we are able to provide are critical in building the future for those families who have sacrificed so much."
ThanksUSA was launched in 2005 when two Virginia schoolgirls set out to recruit Americans to thank active-duty troops in all branches of the Armed Forces, including the Reserves and National Guard, for defending our freedoms. Since its inception, the national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has awarded nearly $8.5 million in need-based two-year and four-year college and vocational education scholarships to 2,800 military families in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
"We are honored by and thrilled with our continuing partnership with Folds of Honor," said Stork. "With their help we are able to increase the number of scholarships every year. We truly appreciate FOH's generosity and that of all our partners and corporate donors."
To support ThanksUSA's scholarship program, please visit www.ThanksUSA.org.
Founded in the fall of 2005, ThanksUSA, a non-partisan 501(c) (3) organization, is an effort to thank the men and women of our armed forces and their families for their service to the country with the gift of education. The organization provides need-based, post-secondary education opportunities to the children and spouses of active-duty status military personnel through competitive scholarships. For more information, please visit www.ThanksUSA.org.
About Folds of Honor Foundation
The Folds of Honor Foundation provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation. Patriot Golf Day is the flagship fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation. Patriot Golf Day, jointly supported by The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association, is held each Labor Day Weekend at participating facilities nationwide. Individuals and companies interested in contributing to the Folds of Honor Foundation, and those applying for scholarships should visit FoldsofHonor.com.