After reaching a milestone of awarding $10 million in scholarships to military families in its first decade, ThanksUSA launched $100 Million Strong, a new campaign to grant more than 25,000 scholarships to military spouses and children in need over the next 10 years.
ThanksUSA president Kevin Schmiegel explains, “With 700,000 spouses and more than 100,000 children aged 17 to 22 in active-duty households across the country, college affordability has become one of the greatest burdens on military families.”
Sarrah Seiber is just one example of the ThanksUSA’s impact on military families. With the assistance of a $3,000 ThanksUSA scholarship, this Navy spouse completed a Bachelor of Science in Accounting while raising two young children and moving repeatedly in support of her husband’s military career. Since graduating in May, Sara has enrolled in a graduate program and is preparing for the CPA exam. “I am a military spouse with two children under the age of 2. As you support this wonderful organization, you are helping students like me reach educational goals that were once out of reach.”
To achieve “$100 Million Strong” over the next 10 years, ThanksUSA will work together with 25 to 30 companies through its newly formed ThanksUSA Corporate Council with a commitment to 1) granting scholarships in locations where the companies have a large presence and in academic disciplines that match the industries they represent; 2) provide tutoring and mentoring to scholarship recipients; 3) provide internships, and 4) offer employment to scholars with proven skills.