EOD Wife to Receive Scholarship in Fallen Warrior’s Name

Niceville, Florida – Each year, the EOD Warrior Foundation awards scholarships to children and spouses of EOD warriors. This year, a special scholarship will be awarded to Jennifer Hoff, wife of a medically retired Army EOD Staff Sergeant. The $2,000 college scholarship, awarded in the name of fallen EOD warrior Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Dunning, was made possible by Dog Tag Brewing Foundation. The award will be presented at the 49th Annual EOD Ball, to be held on May 6, 2017 at 1250 Miracle Strip Parkway SE in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

“We are grateful for Dog Tag Brewing Foundation making this scholarship possible,” explains Nicole Motsek, executive director of the EOD Warrior Foundation. “Anytime we can help the family members of EOD warriors is a blessing. This scholarship will be put to good use helping this family who has already given so much.”

The EOD Warrior Foundation awards approximately 10 percent of its annual budget to the scholarship program, which was started over 50 years ago.  Scholarship awards typically range from $1000 to $5,000. In 2017, the EOD Warrior Foundation will award $212,000 in scholarships to 116 recipients. This particular scholarship, the Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Dunning Legacy Award, is in memory of Stephen, who was a Marine killed in Afghanistan May 2012. Dunning’s motto to “live a selfless life,” was the criteria used for choosing the scholarship recipient.

Jennifer Hoff was chosen because she has demonstrated that she lives a selfless life. Since being a child, she has volunteered in her community, giving back to those in need whenever possible. Both of her parents are police officers in the Los Angeles area, where she is originally from. Her family moved to Texas to be closer to her husband’s family so they would have additional support. Her husband, Gregory Hoff, is an EOD veteran who suffered a traumatic brain injury while being deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. Being medically retired from the Army as of 2015, Jennifer has turned her focus to advancing in her career to help support their family. She’s currently a student at Central Texas College, and will be transferring to Sam Houston State College in the fall.

“I am extremely grateful to have been selected and awarded this opportunity to continue pursuing my education,” says Hoff. “Completing college has always been a goal of mine, it was often delayed due to lack of money. It feels so great inside to be working toward accomplishing this dream and setting an example for our son. Failure is not an option. I need to graduate and be successful so I can provide a better life for my husband and our son.”

Dog Tag Brewing Foundation, located in Bozeman, Montana, sponsored the scholarship in order to continue Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Dunning’s legacy. The foundation works with Gold Star Families to build the legacies of our nation’s Fallen Warriors through grants and nonprofit services, and then sharing the names of the Fallen Warriors on Legacy Lager beer cans.

“We are happy to be a part of helping one EOD family while at the same time helping to create a legacy for another one,” explains Lisa Reinhardt, grants administrator at Dog Tag Brewing Foundation. “This is wonderful news that will have a great impact. That’s what our mission is and we are grateful to be a part of it.”

The scholarship that will be awarded at the EOD Ball is part of the annual EOD Memorial Weekend, which is scheduled for May 5-6, 2017. In addition to the ball, the event also includes an annual golf tournament, auction, memorial ceremony, and crawfish boil. For more information on attending or registering for the events, visit the site: http://www.eodwarriorfoundation.org/2017eodmemorialweekend.

The EOD Warrior Foundation is an organization that helps the families of the 7,000 people in our military who are Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians, and perform bomb disposal duties. The EOD Warrior Foundation helps this elite group by providing financial relief, therapeutic healing retreats, a scholarship program, care of the EOD Memorial Wall located at Eglin AFB, Fla. and more. Their work is supported by private donations and the generosity of those who support the organization.  To learn more about the EOD Warrior Foundation, or see their fundraising events calendar, visit their site at: www.eodwarriorfoundation.org.