University of Memphis First in Higher Education Nationally to Partner with Folds of Honor

May 30, 2018 - The University of Memphis is the first institution of higher learning nationally to partner with Folds of Honor to support higher education for spouses and children of America's fallen and disabled service members, President M. David Rudd announced.

The UofM is accepting the Folds of Honor scholarship ($5,000 annually with the addition of private donations and other support funds to cover the financial gap) as payment in full for tuition for all Tennessee residents and others around the country in accordance with capacity.

"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.

For more information on the scholarship, please contact Jeff Jones, Coordinator of Veterans Benefits at 901.678.2996.

Donations to the UofM's Folds of Honor project scholarship fund can be made by going to the University of Memphis Foundation website at www.memphis.edu/development.


Chuck Gallina | 901.678.1756 l cgallina@memphis.edu