The Footwear Warriors Scholarship Fund was developed exclusively for military Veterans working in the footwear industry. “We live in a great country made safe by Veterans who have served us well in incredibly trying and sensitive times around the world,” said Kevin Donahue, Chairman, Quabaug Charitable Foundation. “It’s our collective responsibility to give them something in return, to prepare them for life after service. That’s why we launched this fund and encourage others to donate and help make a difference in the lives of our Veterans.”
The Footwear Warriors Scholarship was designed to promote vocational and higher education among Veterans currently employed, or returning to work in the footwear industry after their tour of duty.
The Phase 1 goal of $250,000 has been met; however, the Fund must continue to grow in 2015/2016 to provide adequate funding for our Veteran-scholars.
Two Ten Footwear Foundation will identify a small number of special partners that will help us expand job placement opportunities for Veterans in the footwear industry.
In 2012, the Department of Veterans Affairs estimated 23% of American Veterans over the age of 18 have served since 1990. Of those 5.6 million Gulf War era I and II Veterans, less than 13% have obtained a Bachelor’s Degree. While the job picture improved for Veterans in 2013, the jobless rate for Veterans (under 24) stands at 26.8%, according to the Department of Labor.
Joe Fleury, 2013 Inaugural Footwear Warriors Scholar
Joseph entered the Air Force at 18 years of age. He spent six years in Tokyo, Japan, and thrived in his position. After returning to his civilian life he encountered many personal hardships, but has still managed to raise a child and go back to school. He now attends Indiana Wesleyan University, with a commendable GPA. He is said to “complete a college degree at a superior level”, and guaranteed to be a “strong leader who supports both the business and his associates successfully”.
“I served my country to do my part in preserving our freedom and way of life. The Footwear Warriors Scholarship provides assistance to those who have served and are striving to reach the American dream.” – Joe Fleury, Operations Manager, Adidas Group
Alison Lawson, 2014 Footwear Warriors Scholar
Alison has lived a difficult and complicated life, but it never prevented her from succeeding. She served our country honorably and upon her return, she fought a long personal battle and ended up raising three children alone. She has returned to school, attending Stayer University, to provide not only a better life for herself, but for her children. She is known for her hard work-ethic, leadership skills, and has been described as “just the kind of candidate that Two Ten opened the program for.”
“We all know the rising cost of getting an education often pushes the dream of success out of reach. With the help of Two Ten I have been able to move closer to realizing my dream of attaining my degree in business administration. I am blessed and beyond grateful.” – Alison Lawson, CS Trainer, Adidas Group
ASICS America Corp.; Biltrite; Bollus Lynch LLP; Deer Stags, Inc.; Doherty Associates; Kevin Donahue and Family; Exsel Advertising; Fed Ex; Fletcher Tilton PC; HB Chemical; Harwick Standard Distribution Corporation; Ken Hicks; Mary Kuconis, MEK Search; McRae Footwear; Micro-Pak, Ltd.; Rick Muskat, Deer Stags; New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.; Neal Newman; Ortholite; The Protector Group; Quabaug Corporation; Red Wing Shoe Foundation; Rocky Brands, Inc.; Jim Salzano; Shoe Carnival and employees; Texas Leather Trim; Timberland LLC; UPS – Supply Chain Solutions; UniBank; Vibram USA; W.L. Gore; Zeon Chemicals L.P.
Kevin Donahue, Co-Chair, Quabaug Foundation; Martin Berman, Micro-Pak, Ltd.; Bill Ells, Vibram USA; Sean Georges, Shoe Carnival; Ken Hicks, Foot Locker, Inc.; Dan Hunt, Mason Companies, Inc.; Blake Krueger, Wolverine Worldwide, Inc.; Mary Kuconis, MEK Search; Bob Lundquist, W. L. Gore & Associates; Rick Muskat, Deer Stags, Inc.; Neal Newman, Two Ten Footwear Foundation
To Support the Fund
Gifts to this perpetually endowed fund can be made online at www.support.twoten.org Checks can be sent to Two Ten Footwear Foundation, c/o Kate Kaplan, Footwear Warriors, 1466 Main St., Waltham, MA 02451
Footwear Warriors Scholarships can also be named scholarships with a minimum donation of $60,000. Please contact Kate Kaplan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
To Apply for the Scholarship
Veterans employed by the footwear or allied industries may apply HERE
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