EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSStudents Receive Gift From Folds of Honor Foundation
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Reported by: Katy Brown
Reported: Jul. 3, 2014 11:19 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 3, 2014 11:36 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
It was a special night for three families at Appalachian Power Park Thursday night.
Before the first pitch was thrown, three deserving students received a gift from the Folds of Honor Foundation.
"You know even though we had to go such hard times with him being sick it has had some positivity in the end," Kaitlin Sims, one of the recipients, said.
But the tough times turned to a time of celebration for the children of our uniformed men and women.
Kaitlin Sims grandfather, who is also her adopted dad, suffered from illness after returning home from the Vietnam War.
William Barker's father suffers from PTSD after serving time in Iraq, and Kelcie Adams father suffered a back injury during his tour in Iraq.
All three students are now winners of the Folds of Honor Foundation Scholarship.
"Means a lot. It helps with schooling and helps pay for my college and rent," Barker said.
Sims Promise Scholarship has recently run out, and now, with this reward, it's one less stress for her to worry about.
For Kelcie Adams, who is just beginning her high school career, this scholarship will open many doors.
"It's a true blessing because now I have time to think about it and before I even have to look at the funds and everything before going into college, I know there's something already there," Adams said.
The Folds of Honor scholarship is worth $5,000, which was made possible with donations from the local Budweiser distributor, Proud Eagle, and the West Virginia Power Baseball Club.
And also, more importantly, this opportunity was made possible for the students because of the selfless service of their loved ones.
As a message to her grandfather, Sims said, "Just thanks so much for everything that you've done for me and for helping me be able to go to school and not have to take a loan out. Yeah, just thanks for being my grandpa and my dad."
Since the Folds of Honor Foundation began in 2007, more than 5,000 scholarships have been awarded. And Thursday night's winners were well deserved.
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