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Who We’ve Helped

Since 2014, Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund has awarded $7.5 million in scholarships to veterans and military family members, especially children of the fallen or disabled. There are now nearly 1000 Johnny Mac Scholars attending schools all over the country.


COMMIT Johnny Mac Fellows

Through a partnership with the COMMIT Foundation, Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund provides scholarship support for highly qualified transitioning veterans to attend the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Ignite Program for post-9/11 veterans.  This program offers a general management certification and provides a unique educational experience for veterans transitioning from the military to careers in business and entrepreneurship.  As one participant writes, “Thank you for your support to my fellow veterans and me.  It is a true honor to be considered a Johnny Mac Fellow.”

Haley Timmons

Haley is a freshman majoring in Physics at the University of North Texas in Denton. She is the daughter of Army Master Sergeant Kevin Timmons, who is serving with the 69th Air Defense Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas. "With three children in our family, this scholarship award means a lot in helping me to be able to attend college. Thank you so much!"

Johanna Walker

The death of Johanna’s father, U.S. Army Colonel Cliff Walker, changed her forever. Colonel Walker died in a canoeing accident after first saving his son from near drowning. Johanna says, “It was a final act of service.” Mindful of her father’s sacrifice, Johanna hopes to improve the quality of life of others (particularly in developing countries) through medical assistance and diplomacy. She is a freshman at Tufts University. 

Katie O’Hare

Katie is a junior at the College of Charleston majoring in Communications. Her dad, U.S. Navy pilot Raymond O’Hare, died in a T-38 Talon jet crash while serving as a test pilot. “The morning before he left for work… we told him how much we loved him. This may seem sad, but to me I got to say goodbye.” 

Kyana Goodman

Kyana lost her stepfather, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Christopher Dante Burks, in 2012 in an accident in Cheongju, South Korea. Kyana is a freshman at the University of North Florida. 

Neakail Tolbert

Neakail is the son of Army Master Sergeant Stanley Tolbert, who is serving with the 54th Quartermaster Company at Fort Lee, Virginia. Neakail is majoring in Graphic Design at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Quinn Mooldyk

Quinn is from Danville, California. His father, U.S. Army Major Evan Mooldyk, died at Forward Operating Base Salerno in Afghanistan in 2011, his second combat deployment. Quinn is a sophomore at the University of Arizona in Tucson. "Losing [my father] was a life-changing event; it gave me the ability to feel compassion and empathy for others."

Ryan Hilton

Ryan is a freshman at James Madison University with plans to attend medical school. He believes his father would be most proud of him for doing well in college. Ryan was very young when his father, Lieutenant Lawrence Hilton, died after serving in the U.S. Navy. His memories of his father may be faint, but his spirit influences Ryan every day.

Samuel Lopez

Samuel is the oldest of five children in the Lopez family. His father is U.S. Army Sergeant Patrick Lopez, who is assigned to the 261st Signal Battalion at Fort Bliss, TX. Samuel is a freshman studying Liberal Arts at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. "Higher education will not only prepare me for my future career, but will also prepare me for how I approach that career."

Sierra Mortimer

Sierra, of Milford, Kansas, is the daughter of retired Army Master Sergeant James Mortimer. She’s a freshman at Kansas State University majoring in Biochemistry.

Teague Crotty

Teague became the man of the house at a young age after his father, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Crotty, died of cancer. Teague believes his father would be proud that he kept pushing through his first year of college when his classes became difficult. He attends Oklahoma State University and studies Mechanical Engineering. Teague plans to design motorcycles or work as a mechanical engineer on a military facility.