Military Siblings Eligible for New $1,000 Scholarship at UMass Boston

October 30 is Deadline to Apply for Arredondo Brothers Scholarship.

Current UMass Boston students who are siblings of military members, veterans, or fallen heroes are invited to apply for a new $1,000 scholarship funded by the Arredondo Family Foundation.

Carlos and Melida Arredondo’92 established the Arredondo Brothers’ Memorial Scholarship at UMass Boston this year to honor Carlos’s two sons. Marine Lance Corporal Alexander Arredondo was shot and killed in Iraq in 2004. Brian Arredondo, who struggled with his older brother’s death, took his own life six days before Christmas in 2011.

The scholarship is meant to inspire hope and resilience in students who have been deeply affected by their families’ experiences with war and military service. In addition to funding the scholarship, the Arredondos’ want students to know that if they need help, that resources are available on campus, including Veterans Affairs, the Student Veterans Center, and the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences.

“We work with hundreds of veterans a year, and we are pleased that we can further serve our veteran families through this scholarship opportunity,” said Director of Veterans Affairs Gus St. Silva.

UMass Boston students have until Friday, October 30 to apply for the scholarship online. Students must be in good academic standing.

The award will be given out at the university’s annual Veterans Day Dinner on November 10.

The Arredondo Family Foundation intends to fund this scholarship beyond this year. Fundraising efforts for an endowment are underway.