Raven Hilden, the founder of Milvet.org and a University of Phoenix student, has received the 2020 Maj. Fannie Griffin-McClendon Scholarship. She is pursuing a degree in human services management. The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) Foundation funds the $5,000 scholarship, which supports military families pursuing higher education.
Supporting the Troops
Hilden, married to a Marine who is a partial amputee due to injuries sustained while deployed, founded MilVet.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to help deployed men and women and veteran families. MilVet.org provides a number of services including a military care package program for deployed troops, support for military families, help for returning veterans to reintegrate back into society and free rehabilitation and therapy programs for needy veterans. Hilden’s son-in-law also is disabled because of injuries sustained while an Army paratrooper. other troops was finally recognized with a monument dedicated in its honor at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas in 2018 and a commendation for Meritorious Service in 2019.
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Maj. Fannie Griffin-McClendon, for whom the scholarship is named, served 26 years in the U.S. Army. She was a member of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, known as the SixTripleEight. The battalion cleared a backlog of 17 million pieces of mail, which ensured troops could stay in touch with loved ones back home. The SixTripleEight was the only all-black female battalion to serve in Europe during WWII. The 800-member battalion’s support of other troops was finally recognized with a monument dedicated in its honor at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas in 2018 and a commendation for Meritorious Service in 2019.
Hilden at Phoenix
University of Phoenix officials praise Hilden for her work inside and outside the classroom. “Raven Hilden is exemplary of the type of student the Maj. Griffin-McClendon Scholarship program set out to support,” said Brian Ishmael, vice president, Office of Military and Veteran Affairs and Strategic Government Partnerships, University of Phoenix. “Her unwavering support for other military families, while also tending to the complex needs of her own, is truly extraordinary.”
University of Phoenix’s mission is to help working adults balance academic goals with their jobs and family. The University provides several resources including an innovative learning framework that reinforces relevant applications to the real world, a flexible online or in-person class schedule, an online library, math and writing labs, career services and a university-wide social network. University of Phoenix also offers several programs specifically to help veterans and military families including career readiness services, scholarships and networking.
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