Folds of Honor awards veteran’s daughter with college scholarship

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DAYTON, Ohio(WDTN)- On the diamond, under friday night lights, Tessa Baker received a $15,000 scholarship from Folds of Honor. She’s received the scholarship once before. 

“It’s had a tremendous impact just the way its helped my family,” Baker said.

Folds of Honor grants scholarships to spouses and children of fallen or disabled service members. The presentation of Baker’s scholarship came during Fifth Third Field’s Hometown Heroes Spotlight. The special honors will be presented at Dayton Dragons games throughout the season.

Baker’s father joined her on the field as she recieved the check. 

“He served in the military for 26 years and he finished with multiple disabilities. That has affected us all together as a family,” said Baker.

Thanks to the Folds of Honor scholarship, Baker will be able to help others by studying rehabilitation. She said she wants to offer support to people with disabilities.

Bruce Lancia, Vice President and board member with Central Ohio’s chapter of Folds of Honor said his father served in the korean war. For him, every recipient’s story is personal. 

“We just decided that its time to draw a line in the sand and raise some money to start taking care of the 1 percent whos taking care of the 99,” Lancia said.

It’s the Folds of Honor’s motto to honor the sacrifice of service members and educate their legacy. 

“If this is something we can do to help out a little bit, so be it,” Lancia said.

The scholarship means more than a little bit for baker and her father. 

“He’s glad he can contribute in different ways other than being in the military and he can continue to help me pursue my own dreams,” Baker said.

For more information about the Hometown Heroes program, click here

Click here to learn more about Folds of Honor. 

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