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The Pillars of Strength Scholarship Program honors the exceptional sacrifices of the family and non-family volunteer caregivers of our nation’s injured service members. Because this extraordinary commitment often causes caregivers to delay their personal pursuits, the fund was established to assist them in achieving their educational goals. The Pillars of Strength program is supported and managed by the Yellow Ribbon Fund and The Blewitt Foundation, each serving the severely wounded and their families, in association with UMUC, a global provider of higher education to our nation’s military since 1947.

Pillars of Strength Scholarship


More than 150 people gathered at UMUC in April for a special kickoff ceremony to launch the new Pillars of Strength Scholarship program and recognize its first three awardees: Emily Ball, Danielle Kelly and Beverly Poyer. All three women will begin classes at UMUC in fall 2013. Read their stories.

How You Can Help

Your gift to the Pillars of Strength Scholarship program can help make a positive impact in the lives of family members and friends who serve our country by serving their military loved ones. Up to five scholarships—covering full tuition, fees and books—will be awarded each academic year to eligible candidates. Consider making a gift today.

Photo Gallery: Supporting Volunteer Caregivers of Injured Service Members

Pillars of Strength Recipients

Meet the first three recipients of the Pillars of Strength Scholarship and the soldiers they care for: (L to R) Jessie Fletcher, Emily Ball, Beverly Poyer, Danielle Kelly and Taylor Morris. Poyer's daughter, Brianna, is front and center. View more photos.