For Taylor Scheurer, the pursuit of a college education and her goal of attending
the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University got a boost from the
“Folds of Honor” scholarship program.
The sophomore from Cadillac, Mich., who is in the Pre-Optometry program, received a $5,000 scholarship from the Oklahoma-based nonprofit foundation, which is focused on “providing educational scholarships to the children and spouses of those killed or disabled while serving our nation.” Ferris’ Veteran Resource Center, with veteran resource representative Jacob Schrot’s leadership, helped to secure this support for Scheurer, and Danielle Moore, of Michigan Center, Mich., as notification of their scholarship awards was received from Folds of Honor’s headquarters in late July.
Scheurer said it was a welcome surprise when Schrot called her to say she was a recipient of the renewable scholarship.
“It was huge, a great boost to my pursuit of support for the costs of my education,” Scheurer said. “I am also a commuter student, so this assistance allows me to distribute my resources and pursue my goals.”
Taylor’s father, Wayne Scheurer, was a member of the Army's 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment, which is known as “Delta Force.” The Folds of Honor scholarship processors reviewed his service-connected disability, as determined by the Veterans Administration and approved their application.
“My parents have instilled in me the importance of pursuing resources to meet the costs of my education,” Scheurer said. “Because of this scholarship, I won’t have to work during the academic year. That allows me to manage my commute and the Science prerequisites of my curriculum.”
Schrot said that he was glad that his introduction to Scheurer came to mind when he reviewed his list of students who may qualify for Folds of Honor Foundation assistance.
“I happen to meet a number of students who may need Veterans Assocation education benefits, and keep notes on their individual cases,” Schrot said. “I heard about the Folds of Honor Scholarship, and have approached a number of students about the program. Taylor was one of those who applied.”
Scheurer was eager to offer her thanks for the assistance offered by Schrot, and the Veterans Resource Center in identifying this scholarship opportunity.
“I can’t say enough about how important these efforts are for me,” Scheurer said. “They allow me to focus on, and continue toward my goal of being accepted as a student of the Michigan College of Optometry.”
Schrot said that he is pleased when any of his contacts find success in their pursuit of financial assistance for their education.
“There are so many scholarships, and the Folds of Honor program is one of the more supportive resources available,” Schrot said. “Students should understand there are many awards offered by local VFW’s and other organizations. Their scholarships cover a very broad range of awards, from hundreds to thousands of dollars.”
The Veteran Resource Center details more than 50 scholarship programs for active members
of the military, veterans and dependents on their website.
PHOTO CAPTION: Ferris State University sophomore Taylor Scheurer, a Pre-Optometry student has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Folds of Honor Foundation. The Oklahoma-based non-profit supports “the dependents of those adversely affected by war.”