ASHBURN, VIRGINIA, June 24, 2015 - Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund is pleased to announce disbursement of $1,040,000 in grants for college scholarships for veterans and children of fallen soldiers. The announcement comes just over one year since the founding of the nonprofit organization dedicated to financially assisting veterans and their family members with education expenses.
Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund will award $1,000,000 in college scholarships to children who have lost a parent in the line of military duty, to be administered by the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. Further, Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund awarded a $40,000 grant to the COMMIT Foundation for scholarships for veterans transitioning from the military to the civilian sector. These veterans will attend a four-week general management certification program in innovation and entrepreneurship as part of the "Ignite" program at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, in Palo Alto, CA. Developed exclusively for post-9/11 veterans, Ignite is conducted by Stanford professors and corporate executives. The grant from the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund will allow twelve "Johnny Mac Fellows" to attend the Ignite program this summer.
President of Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, MaryEllen Picciuto, stated, "It's a proud day for our organization and one that Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund board members and our many supporters have been working hard toward achieving since our inception just over a year ago—fulfilling our mission by giving meaningful grants for veteran and family member education."
"We're exceedingly pleased to award a $1,000,000 grant to Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation and partner in the administration of these scholarships for children whose parents made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country," commented Tony Guzzi, co-founder of the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund and President & CEO of EMCOR Group, Inc.
Stephen Cannon, co-founder of the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund and President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, commented, "We're equally honored to award a $40,000 grant to the COMMIT Foundation for scholarships for veterans to help assist in transitioning from the military to the civilian sector."
"Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is thrilled with this grant from Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund," notes David Kim, Founder and President. "It's one of our largest grants or gifts to date, and we will immediately put this funding towards scholarships for more than two dozen children of fallen patriots in Texas. The grant will also fund scholarships for numerous other ‘Gold Star' children across the country."
"The Ignite program was designed to meet the continuing education needs of our high value veterans transitioning to fulfilling civilian careers; we're grateful for the funding from the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund to continue this worthwhile education and career opportunity for veterans," stated COMMIT's executive director Anne Meree Craig.
About Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund
Established in 2014, the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to financially assisting veterans and their family members with education expenses. The fund is inspired by Colonel John "Johnny Mac" McHugh, KIA in Kabul, Afghanistan on May 18, 2010. To learn more about or support the mission of the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, visit www.JohnnyMac.org.