Photo courtesy of Robert Ludwig

Military caregivers can achieve their dreams with full-ride scholarships from UMUC

June 29, 2018 - 1:04 pm

Education is the gift that keeps on giving and thanks to University of Maryland University College, six military caregivers will be able to continue their education and pursue their own career interests.

This years’ Pillars of Strength Scholarship recipients were honored in during a special ceremony and reception at MGM National Harbor, Friday, where guests were able to hear first-hand just how impactful these scholarships are to the caregivers.

One of the partners able to make this vision a reality is The Blewitt Foundation, an organization who since its inception, has been a staunch supporter of military families.

“You’re meeting heroes of heroes when you meet them (scholarship recipients). Whether it’s a hug, smile, or handshake, you can just feel and see the joy in them…they don’t know how to fully thank anyone, what they don’t understand is, it’s our way of thanking them,” said Richard Blewitt, founder of the The Blewitt Foundation.

From balancing a house full of children to caring for veterans with physical and mental disabilities, taking time to uplift and further themselves is often left on the backburner for many caregivers.

But with these 4-year scholarships and the ability to complete their coursework online, UMUC is giving these caregivers the chance to take time and better themselves for their own futures and the future of their families.

Photo courtesy of Robert Ludwig

UMUC President Javier Miyaers not only appreciates the power of education, but knows its importance personally, as the son of two teachers.

“What is so powerful about education is you are impacting people’s lives…the human quality of the people that I have met in the military and their families, it is incredible and the support they provide to their service members.”

Created in 2013, the Pillars of Strength Scholarship program rewards the hidden heroes in the veteran community.

With a full-ride scholarships to UMUC, those who make their own sacrifice to take care of their severely loved ones can start pursuing dreams of their own without worry about the hassle of paying for a degree.

The university has awarded 22 scholarships over the past six years but as Richard Blewitt says “we have to step it up.” They show no signs of stopping this program and their end goal is to be able to provide all applicants with scholarships.

University of Maryland University College is a proud partner of Connecting Vets.

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