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An important part of our mission at the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation is focused on providing Living Legacy scholarships to eligible Gold Star Children, and advocating for educational benefits for all Gold Star Family members.

The Foundations focuses on two educational initiatives:

Gold Star Living Legacy Scholarships

Scholarships are provided to an underserved group of Gold Star Children; those whose parent sacrificed their life in the service in the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard, or one of the five Reserve Components, (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard).

This group of surviving Gold Star Children are not eligible for the Fry Scholarship and/or DEA (Dependents Educational Assistance). The Gold Star Living Legacy Scholarships award amount is needs-based with a maximum award amount of $5,000 per academic year.

Additionally, The Foundation is working with Spalding University, the state of Kentucky, and the Veteran Administration to establish at least two annual Gold Star scholarships and to create a Gold Star Family friendly campus model which would include counseling, and occupational therapy services. The Foundation intends to scale these programs to other interested colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Advocacy Initiatives

The Foundation works with government and private entities to identify additional opportunities for Gold Star Families, advocacy activities include:

Expanding Gold Star Family educational benefits beyond dependents’ benefits (i.e. siblings and parents)

Developing education and benefit counseling models

Tuition discounts to those who have exhausted government based benefits for graduate school and other continuing education opportunities

Developing a benefit model for non-state universities, colleges (i.e. private institutions) and trade schools, to provide benefits similar to state tuition waiver benefits that are currently in place.