Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund Awards $2,430,000 In College Scholarship Grants

Military Children of the Fallen and Disabled to Benefit 

ASHBURN, VIRGINIA – AUGUST 5, 2017—Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund announces the disbursement of $2,430,000 in grants for college scholarships.  The announcement coincides with the third anniversary of the nonprofit organization’s founding in 2014 to honor service and sacrifice of veterans and military family members through education scholarships.  Since its inception, Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund has awarded a total of nearly $6,000,000 in scholarship grants.

The latest awards include a $1,000,000 grant to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation for college scholarships for children who have lost a parent in the line of military duty.  Grants were also awarded to partner nonprofit organizations including Folds of Honor, Freedom Alliance, and No Greater Sacrifice Foundation to fund scholarships for “Gold Star Children” and children of disabled service men and women.  In this 2017 grant period, Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund also supported the veteran education programs of the COMMIT Foundation; college scholarship programs of the Army Scholarship Foundation; and the education support services of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes.

Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund President MaryEllen Picciuto stated, "Awarding our grants and knowing military children will benefit and achieve their college education is the most satisfying thing we do at Johnny Mac. This is what we’re all about---honoring service and sacrifice by giving back through education.  I’m honored to work with our nonprofit partners to impact military family members this upcoming fall semester.”  She further commented, “These latest grants are the culmination of a lot of hard work by our board of directors to honor the memory of our inspiration, Johnny Mac, and to celebrate his legacy.”


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 date, Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund has awarded nearly $6 million in college scholarships, funding over 700 students.  To learn more or to support the mission of Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, visit www.