The University of Memphis is stepping up for the families of fallen service members in a huge way, offering free tuition for their spouses and children, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
The policy, which goes into effect this fall, is available for children and spouses who have not remarried regardless of their age.
The average tuition at the University of Memphis is reportedly about $9,700 per year, not including other expenses. However, even the externalities can be covered with additional scholarships for gold star families.
“Our commitment is to cover any gap that exists as a result and to relieve them of that burden,” university President David Rudd said in a statement. “This sacrifice is remarkable and we need to recognize this.”
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The pro-America tuition program takes the national Folds of Honor scholarship, which offers $5,000 per year to students who are under the age of 24 and who have a parent who was severely injured or killed while serving in the military.
Memphis will become the first university in America to offer a full ride to the family members of military heroes.
Hopefully, the example being set by the University of Memphis will spread across the country. It’s the least we can do as a nation to respect the unthinkable sacrifice of our fallen heroes.