TROY - Troy University will announce Saturday, Nov. 19, the establishment of a new scholarship to aid dependents of U.S. service men and women killed in the line of duty with priority being given to the dependents of the 30 service members killed in the helicopter crash in Afghanistan in August.
Announcement of the "TROY for Troops" scholarship will be made during the University's "Salute to Veterans" football game against Florida Atlantic University at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Kickoff for the game is set for 2:30 p.m. Since 2000, the University has designated one home football game in November to honor both current and past members of the armed forces as a Veterans Day tribute.
The scholarship is the latest effort of the University's "TROY for Troops" committee, chaired by Janice Hawkins, Troy University's first lady. The committee was formed in 2006 as an effort to identify and thank current students, alumni, faculty or staff members—or members of their immediate families— who are on active military duty. The ongoing project has included the shipment of care packages, "TROY for Troops" t-shirts and commemorative TROY for Troops coins to members of the armed services serving in combat zones.
"Troy University has enjoyed a long relationship with the military, and we believe it is important to continue to express our gratitude to the men and women of the armed forces for their dedicated, selfless service to our country," Mrs. Hawkins said. "It is particularly important that we pay tribute to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country and continue to show support for the families they left behind. The TROY for Troops scholarship seeks to do just that."
Joining Chancellor and Mrs. Jack Hawkins, Jr. on the field to make the scholarship announcement will be members of the University's TROY for Troops committee and Troy University alumnus and Navy Seal Jeff Nichols.
In addition to the scholarship announcement, TROY's Salute to Veterans game will feature a special halftime tribute by the Sound of the South marching band, including the performance of the service song for each branch of the military. All veterans, active duty and reserves and their family members will be recognized as they parade across the field during the performance of their service song.
Active duty service members with valid military ID will receive a complimentary ticket. Any military family member or veteran with a valid military ID may purchase a discounted ticket for $8 at Gate 1 on the day of the game.