A big salute to the University of Memphis in Tennessee for stepping up to help children and spouses of killed or disabled military veterans get a college education. The school has long accepted the $5000 annual scholarships granted by the veterans’ charity, Folds of Honor. But that covers only about half of the $9700 in-state tuition. So the U of M announced that it will become the first university in America to accept $5000 Folds of Honor grants as payment in full for a complete year, picking up the rest of the tab itself.
The generous gesture inspired a Folds of Honor spokesman to declare the University of Memphis “the most patriotic university in America.” Sadly, there’s not much competition for that title these days. But if my saying that offends other universities, then I gladly challenge them to prove me wrong by adopting the same policy as the University of Memphis.