An estimated 18 American military veterans take their own lives every day -- thousands each year -- and those numbers are steadily increasing. Even after weathering the stresses of military life and the terrors of combat, these soldiers find themselves overwhelmed by the transition back into civilian life. There is an increased need for more intensive and vigorous efforts to identify and support veterans who are at risk. With military personnel now facing combat in numbers not seen since the Vietnam War, developing better strategies for suicide prevention is more important than ever.
A US Army Veteran serving his country from 2001-2006 and active in the Iraq War from 2005-2006, William E. Kramp, Jr. took his life on Tuesday, August 26, 2008. He was born in Newfane, NY, on October 2, 1968. We have chosen to honor this WNY Hero by establishing this scholarship to show support for our Nation’s Veterans and their families and encourage them to get the care they’ve earned. We hope to educate those relatives of veterans to change hearts, minds, and attitudes about mental illness and provide care and professional support to other military families with these issues.
This scholarship is designed for a current college student seeking a major in social work, psychology or other mental health related field who:
- Native of Western New York
- Has an immediate relative or spouse who is/was a veteran
- Shows a unique blend of academic achievement and community service
- Deadline: Postmarked by May 1, 2012
- Award Range: $1,000
- Awards Granted: One per year
- Must be currently enrolled in a college or university at a junior, senior or graduate level
- GPA: 3.0 or higher
- Major: Social work, psychology or other mental health related field
- Must be an immediate family member or spouse of veteran
- Must not be eligible to receive financial support from a transfer of post-9/11 GI-Bill benefits to dependants (TEB)
- Community service, involvement in school or church activities
- Must submit the following:
- Completed application
- Proof of relation to a veteran (ex: DD214 or 1 other proof of veteran/military status)and birth certificate
- College transcript
- 300 word essay describing what has inspired your interest in helping our service members with their mental health issues.
- Letter of professional recommendation
- Must be over 18 years of age
For further information regarding the scholarship:
WNY Heroes, Inc.
8203 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221