Jared Pulsfort and Parker Madden, sons of deceased United States Army Spc. Russell Madden, received the 2015 Folds of Honor scholarships.
For three years now, Chas. Seligman’s most meaningful distribution has been made through its partnership with the Folds of Honor Foundation’s Scholarship Program.
“We have donated $10,000 each year to supply two $5,000 scholarships—[for] a total of six,” says Jennifer Doering, general manager of Chas. Seligman Distribution Co. “Folds of Honor was brought to our attention by Anheuser Busch. They engaged with the FOH program and encouraged the nation’s distributors to take a look at the program as well. We really liked it because the scholarship dollars that we put into FOH was to be used locally by families in our area and not just put into a national pool and selections made could be going anywhere.”
The Walton beverage distribution company had already made investments in young people’s education. In 1994, Chas. Seligman Distribution set up two endowments for scholarships at Thomas More College and Northern Kentucky University.
But through FOH, the scholarships provide higher education for the spouses and unmarried children (under age 24) of military service members from any branch of the service—on active duty or in the reserves—who were killed in action or in the line of duty, suffered the loss of a limb, or were wounded in action or wounded in the line of duty and awarded a Purple Heart medal.
Also eligible for the FOH scholarships are the spouse or children of a military veteran of any branch who has a 10 percent or greater service-connected disability, or a military veteran of any branch who died of any cause while on active duty or after being classified as having a service-connected disability.
These Higher Education Scholarships are awarded to eligible spouses and children currently attending or recently accepted into a 4- or 2-year degree program at an institution of higher education or a vocational/certificate program, Doering says.
The program also includes Future-Use Scholarships, which are one-time awards to the young children of service members to be used for that recipient’s first year of post-secondary education. Eligible applicants are infants up to, and including, students entering 11th grade, she adds.
The program’s Children’s Scholarship Fund provides funding for primary and secondary education for children grades K-12 of the fallen or combat-disabled veterans with 90 to 100 percent service-connected disability.
This scholarship can be used for such education-related needs as private school tuition, tutoring, home school curriculum, required books, educational fees and school uniforms.
Folds of Honor holds the scholarship funds on behalf of the recipient, then disburses them to the post-secondary institution at their time of enrollment, Doering says.
The FOH scholarship program got its start in 2007, when Major Dan Rooney, an F16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma National Guard, returned home from his second tour of duty in Iraq.
Upon his flight’s landing, Rooney witnessed both the devastation of a family who had lost a husband and father in service to the country, and small, but callous, displays of disregard for that serviceman’s sacrifice.
Rooney resolved to do something for children and families like these, which is why he formed the Folds of Honor Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to the legacies of those American military members who were killed or disabled while serving.
Chas. Seligman, whose FOH scholarship recipients have all hailed from Northern Kentucky, honors these students in Burlington’s Fourth of July event formerly called Fourth For Our Soldiers but now known as Holiday for Heroes.
“Chas. Seligman has been a local partner with Holiday for Heroes and their annual event for many years,” Doering says.
“When Seligman became involved with Folds of Honor we honored our scholarship recipients at the Fourth of July event.”