Two Ten Footwear Foundation this week announced The Footwear Warrior Scholarship Fund, developed exclusively for military veterans in or returning to the footwear industry and made possible by an endowment fund launched by Quabaug Corporation, Vibram and the Donahue family with an initial committment of $125,000. The fund is donation driven with a goal of $250,000, which will yield an estimated $12,500 in scholarships on a yearly basis.
“We live in a great country made safe by veterans who have served us well in incredibly trying and sensitive times around the world,” says Kevin Donahue, chairman and CEO of Quabaug. “It’s our collective responsibility to give them something in return, to prepare them for life after service.” Neal Newman, president of Two Ten, echoes this sentiment and adds, “This scholarship is designed to help our veterans get the additional training and/or education needed after their service to bridge the gap between military and civilian life.”
The first scholarship recipient is Joe Fleury, a 39-year-old veteran and operation manager at Adidas in Mount Comfort, IN. He is currently a business management major at Indiana Wesleyan University. “This scholarship, providing assistance to those who have served and are striving to reach the American dream, is a great example of why we serve,” Fleury says.
Visit www.twoten.org to make an online donation in support of our veterans.