Wednesday, October 24, 2018
205 Gold Star recipients in 33 states will receive funding for educational needs
North Carolina and Florida recipients received the most educational grants, followed by California and Georgia
Folded Flag has awarded more than $3.4 million in grants since its inception in 2014
Complete corporate underwriting allows 100 percent of all public donations to go directly to recipients
LAS VEGAS – Oct. 24, 2018 – Today, The Folded Flag Foundation, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization committed to honoring America’s fallen heroes by providing their families with financial support for education, announced it has awarded more than $1.8 million in scholarships to 205 recipients for the 2018-19 school year. These scholarships help Gold Star spouses and children from across the United States with funding for their educational needs, including tuition and expenses for K-12 private schools, undergraduate and graduate college programs, and trade schools.
Of the 205 recipients, 111 are new scholars and 94 are returning scholars. The states that had the most educational grants awarded were North Carolina (27), Florida (26), California (17) and Georgia (14). The 2018-19 scholarships bring the total grant money awarded by Folded Flag to more than $3.4 million.
Founded in 2014, The Folded Flag Foundation is dedicated to providing educational scholarships to the surviving spouses and children of military and government personnel who have lost their lives as a result of hostile action or in an accident related to U.S. combat operations. Thanks to the generous support of four underwriting sponsors ̶ Black Knight, Inc.; Fidelity National Financial; FIS; and ServiceLink ̶ 100 percent of all public donations go directly to the family members.
“I am truly grateful for the invaluable opportunity The Folded Flag Foundation has given my family,” said Jennifer Zellem, Gold Star spouse and Folded Flag scholarship recipient. “For the past three years, my son has been a scholarship recipient, and this year I am as well. I can’t thank Folded Flag enough for helping us to pursue our educational goals.”
“Through our supporters’ generous donations, this year we’ve been able to help more Gold Star families than ever secure an education,” said John Coogan, president of The Folded Flag Foundation. “It is our distinct privilege to honor the legacy of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice by providing these scholarships to their families. As these brave souls gave all for our country, we now proudly do what we can to help their loved ones as they build a foundation for the future.”
About The Folded Flag Foundation
The Folded Flag Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization committed to honoring the legacy of our fallen heroes by helping their families with financial support for education. The Folded Flag Foundation proudly gives 100 percent of ALL donations to the families. Corporate sponsors Black Knight, Inc., ServiceLink, Fidelity National Financial (FNF) and Fidelity National Investment Services (FIS) underwrite all administrative costs. For more information on The Folded Flag Foundation, including how to make a donation to support its cause, please visit www.FoldedFlagFoundation.org.