SAVANNAH, GA (May 4, 2015) Thanks to The Landings on Skidaway Island and their Military Family Relief Fund, local military spouses will be better able to complete college.
Representatives from The Landings Military Family Relief Fund, Armstrong State University and Savannah Technical College signed a gift agreement on Monday, April 27 for a new scholarship fund designed to support local military spouses.
The relief fund will donate $40,000 to the Landings Military Spouse Academic Assistance Fund, which will be split between Armstrong and Savannah Tech. The scholarship fund will provide tuition help to military spouses eligible for The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program who have exhausted their benefits. The fund will award a maximum of $2,000 annually for up to two years, for a total of $4,000 per student.
Tom Osborn, chairman of the relief fund, said it came to fruition after Col. Peter Hoffman, director of the Armstrong Liberty Center, discussed the situation of several military spouses who were struggling to finish their degrees because of financial circumstances.
“This new scholarship fund is consistent with our mission to assist military families,” Osborn said. Savannah Technical College president Kathy S. Love said her school appreciates the gesture. “By relieving the financial burden of achieving educational goals, this fund will help military spouses complete their programs of study and quickly enter the workforce,” Love said. “This scholarship is a welcome addition to our arsenal of military-friendly initiatives.”
The Landings Military Family Relief Fund was founded in 2007 by Jack Munroe, a Landings resident. Since that time, the fund has helped more than 3,600 individuals at Hunter Army Air Field and Fort Stewart. The local Red Cross chapter manages the disbursement of funds.
About The Landings
The Landings on Skidaway Island is located less than ten miles south of historic Savannah and has been named “one of the nation’s best residential communities” by the Urban Land Institute and “The Best Planned Community” by Savannah Magazine. Resident facilities include 2 deep-water marinas, 40 miles of walking & biking trails, playgrounds, athletic field, dog park, a Village Library and Skidaway Farms, a community garden. Club amenities consist of six championship 18 hole golf courses, 34 tennis courts, five pools (two indoor), four dining clubhouses and a 48,000 sf fitness/wellness center.