University Of Memphis Will Offer Free Tuition for Families of Fallen Soldiers

“This sacrifice is remarkable and we need to recognize this.”

The University of Memphis is doing its part to lessen the burden of the spouses and children of fallen soldiers by offering them free tuition, as reported by USA Today. 

It is the first university to offer this type of scholarship. The school already offered the Folds of Honor scholarship, which provides such students with $5,000 in tuition. The new scholarship ups the ante by offering full tuition. 

Recent Memphis graduate Alyssa Hill's father died in the Iraq war when she was 10 years old. She applauded the university's decision in an interview with USA Today.

"For other people going forward, I think it will be a huge help and a huge relief," Hill told this publication. "It will try to take some of that burden off and try to pay back some of that sacrifice."

 The University of Memphis tuition is $9,700 a year, according to Fox News. Additional fees and boarding can be covered by other scholarships and grants. 

"Our commitment is to cover any gap that exists as a result and to relieve them of that burden,"  University President David Rudd told Fox News."This sacrifice is remarkable and we need to recognize this."

Rudd is scheduled to sign the offer into policy in a few weeks. It will officially take effect in the fall.

Cover image via OFFFSTOCK / Shutterstock.

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