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William E. Kramp, Jr. Scholarship

An estimated 22 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.

  • Award Range: $1,500
  • Awards Granted: A total of 10 awards per year, with each recipient being eligible one time per year.

Qualifications

  • Must be accepted by, and committed to, an accredited college or university
  • GPA: 3.0 or higher
  • Veteran is a resident of Western New York
  • Must be a veteran or an immediate family member of the veteran
  • Community service, involvement in school or church activities
  • Must submit the following:
    • Completed application
    • College acceptance letter
    • Proof of relation to a veteran (ex: DD-214 or 1 other proof of veteran/military status) and birth certificate
    • Your college transcript, if currently enrolled at a college or university
    • High School transcript with all current and completed courses listed, if still a high schools student
    • 300 word essay describing why you feel deserving of the scholarship
    • Letter of recommendation

For further information regarding the scholarship, contact the Scholarship Committee at WNY Heroes, Inc. (716) 630-5020.

8205 Main Street, Suite 1
Williamsville, NY 14221
E-Mail: heroes@wnyheroes.org

APPLICATION FORM

Overview

An estimated 22 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.

  • Award Range: $1,500
  • Awards Granted: Ten per year (one per applicant per year)

Qualifications

  • Must be accepted by, and committed to, an accredited college or university
  • GPA: 3.0 or higher
  • Veteran is a resident of Western New York
  • Must be an immediate family member, spouse of veteran or Veteran
  • Community service, involvement in school or church activities
  • Must submit the following:
    • Completed application
    • College acceptance letter
    • Proof of relation to a veteran (ex: DD-214 or 1 other proof of veteran/military status) and birth certificate
    • Your college transcript, if currently enrolled at a college or university
    • High School transcript with all current and completed courses listed, if still a high schools student
    • 300 word essay describing why you feel deserving of the scholarship
    • Letter of recommendation
    • This scholarship is designed for a current college students or those seeking entry from High School

The award is $1,500.00. Selection criteria are based on the completed application, academic achievement, essay and letter of professional recommendation.

The scholarship winner will be notified in writing and disbursement will be made, upon receipt of proof of enrollment in a college or university. The application must have all college information enclosed in order for disbursements to be made.

For further information regarding the scholarship, contact the Scholarship Committee at WNY Heroes, Inc. (716) 908-2001.

8205 Main Street, Suite 1
Williamsville, NY 14221
E-Mail: heroes@wnyheroes.org

Scholarship Funding

“Supporting our Western New York Veterans”

We are a non‐profit organization dedicated to making a difference for our Veterans and Troops.

Mission

WNYHeroes will not leave any service members behind, we will help in ANY way we can.

We strive to find the best services available in the WNY Community for Veterans and Service members.

We strive to keep WNY Veterans and Service Members up‐to‐date on the latest information using web friendly tools.

WNYHeroes assists disabled and needy war Veterans and Service members, their dependents, and the widows and children of deceased veterans.

We strive to show our appreciation and support of Veterans and Service members and their families.

Education is one of the hallmarks that help to make our country great. As we all know, the cost of higher education has skyrocketed beyond the average rate of inflation and, in our area, there are many students who are in need of financial assistance. To address this need, WNYHeroes created the William E. Kramp, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

All of the programs WNYHeroes, Inc. offers (including this scholarship) are funded through private contributions and various fundraising events held throughout the year. At no time do we or have we ever received any government funding. This scholarship along with our other programs are only successful while the funds are there. WNYHeroes, Inc. is here to show our appreciation to those who gave their all to this grateful nation. With this in mind, we would graciously appreciate ANY monetary support that you can give.

Donations can be mailed to: WNYHeroes, Inc. 8205 Main Street, Suite #1 Williamsville, NY 14221

If you decide to support the scholarship specifically, please make checks payable to WNYHeroes and indicate on the memo line that the donation is intended specifically for the William E. Kramp, Jr. Scholarship.

If you have any questions, please contact our Board of Directors at heroes@wnyheroes.org

Thank you for your consideration.

William E. Kramp, Jr. Scholarship