Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation Our mission is to provide college scholarships and educational counseling to the children of military personnel killed in the line of duty.
In 1989, five days before Christmas, Sergeant William Delaney Gibbs from the 7th Infantry Division was killed in action during Operation Just Cause in Panama, leaving behind a young wife and an unborn daughter. Our Founder and President, David Kim, served with Sergeant Gibbs and was inspired by his sacrifice to establish Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation as a way to help Sgt. Gibb’s daughter and the thousands of children like her.
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We often receive emails and letters from students and families we've had the privilege to support. Today we want to shar...
04/19/2020

We often receive emails and letters from students and families we've had the privilege to support. Today we want to share this one with you!

#MonthOfTheMilitaryChild

"I am incredibly proud that my dad decided to serve his country. I know that he was trying to make the world safer for m...
04/18/2020

"I am incredibly proud that my dad decided to serve his country. I know that he was trying to make the world safer for my sisters and me, that he died trying to achieve this goal. If I can't work for Disney I'd like work for the government, engineering safer equipment for military personnel."

#MonthOfTheMilitaryChild

Emilie's advice to other military children who have gone through similar situations is to do what they love. "No matter ...
04/17/2020

Emilie's advice to other military children who have gone through similar situations is to do what they love. "No matter what you choose to study or do with your life as long as you are doing what you enjoy it is worthwhile. I feel close to my dad during my engineering classes partially because he had to take the same classes as an engineer but also because I know he would be happy I am doing what I love."

One of Emilie's fondest memories of her father was when he shared his love of Star Wars with her and her sisters. "He wa...
04/16/2020

One of Emilie's fondest memories of her father was when he shared his love of Star Wars with her and her sisters. "He was home on R&R from his second deployment and we had a movie marathon. We spent three days watching the original trilogy in a fort constructed with his camo blankets. When we watched the forest battle in The Return of the Jedi it was like we were there, at least to an awestruck eight year old. For the rest of the week my sisters and I were obsessed and my dad was prepared. He made us plastic lightsabers with cardboard hilts out of stuff he found around the house. We had epic lightsaber battles for the rest of the week. I've been in love with Star Wars ever since because my dad shared something he loved with me in a magical way."

Emilie is the president of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Fencing Club, second violin in the WPI Orchestra an...
04/15/2020

Emilie is the president of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Fencing Club, second violin in the WPI Orchestra and a member of the Zeta Zeta chapter of the Alpha Gamma Delta Women's Fraternity.

#MonthOfTheMilitaryChild

In 2006, LTC Paul Finken was killed in action in Iraq. "My dad was amazing, he would call my sisters and me every day af...
04/14/2020

In 2006, LTC Paul Finken was killed in action in Iraq. "My dad was amazing, he would call my sisters and me every day after school during his deployments. He was so funny, his siblings always have a story about him getting into goofy trouble or making people laugh."

Fallen Patriots scholar Emilie Finken is the daughter of U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Paul Finken. At Worcester Polytech...
04/13/2020

Fallen Patriots scholar Emilie Finken is the daughter of U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Paul Finken. At Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Emilie is a junior studying a double major - Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Engineering. "I was always interested in how things worked, when I was little I helped my dad build and fix things around the house. In middle school I joined the robotics team and I realized that I wanted to be an engineer, like my dad."

#MonthOfTheMilitaryChild

We often receive emails and letters from students and families we've had the privilege to support. Today we want to shar...
04/12/2020

We often receive emails and letters from students and families we've had the privilege to support. Today we want to share this one with you!

When asked what his father would be most proud of, Ryan shared, "I would say that my dad would be most proud of me for g...
04/11/2020

When asked what his father would be most proud of, Ryan shared, "I would say that my dad would be most proud of me for getting a college education in a subject that I love. Also, on how I have used every opportunity I have been given to better myself so that I could have the life he would want me to have."

Ryan's father passed in a training accident when he was 9 months old. "My mom would tell me how dedicated he was to maki...
04/10/2020

Ryan's father passed in a training accident when he was 9 months old. "My mom would tell me how dedicated he was to making a good life for both of them. He was hardworking and always pursued better opportunities. He also was so loving and he was so proud of having me for a son."

Son of U.S. Navy Lieutenant Thomas Wilcox, Ryan Wilcox, is a junior at the The University of Utah studying Mechanical En...
04/09/2020

Son of U.S. Navy Lieutenant Thomas Wilcox, Ryan Wilcox, is a junior at the The University of Utah studying Mechanical Engineering. Ryan hopes to work either in the space travel industry or in military aviation development.

April is the #MonthoftheMilitaryChild - Fallen Patriots celebrates the bravery and resiliency of Gold Star children. Thi...
04/08/2020

April is the #MonthoftheMilitaryChild - Fallen Patriots celebrates the bravery and resiliency of Gold Star children. This and every month, we honor military children and their role in our Armed Forces community.

In light of COVID-19, the 2nd Annual New York City Gala has been rescheduled to September 10, 2020 at Cipriani 42nd Stre...
04/07/2020

In light of COVID-19, the 2nd Annual New York City Gala has been rescheduled to September 10, 2020 at Cipriani 42nd Street. Sponsorships, tables and tickets will remain on sale and available at donate.fallenpatriots.org/NYCGala. Read our update here: https://bit.ly/3aczGvq.

Fallen Patriots helped to support Chloe to return to her degree after her father passed. “Thank you for helping give me ...
04/06/2020

Fallen Patriots helped to support Chloe to return to her degree after her father passed. “Thank you for helping give me hope and less to worry over so I can fully devote my time, energy, and efforts to school while energy is used in grieving my hero at the same time.”

Today on #GoldStarSpousesDay, we honor the courageous men and women who persevered through difficult times, often raisin...
04/05/2020

Today on #GoldStarSpousesDay, we honor the courageous men and women who persevered through difficult times, often raising the children who we are privileged to serve.

Longtime supporter of Fallen Patriots, PepsiCo has committed $45 million to help people and communities most affected by...
04/04/2020
PepsiCo commits more than $45M to coronavirus food, PPE initiatives

Longtime supporter of Fallen Patriots, PepsiCo has committed $45 million to help people and communities most affected by COVID-19. PepsiCo's generosity further demonstrates their dedication to serving those in need.

#GiveMealsGiveHope

PepsiCo. commits $45M to coronavirus initiatives.

When asked about her father, Chloe expressed how similar they were to each other. “He is my hero in more than one way. D...
04/03/2020

When asked about her father, Chloe expressed how similar they were to each other. “He is my hero in more than one way. Daddy’s girl all the way. Our posture said we belonged to the other. People said there’s no doubt he is my Daddy. When you see me, you’re looking at him!”

Chloe’s father, Jeffrey Wright, passed away in January of 2019. “He was so gentle, so safe, so trustworthy. So larger th...
04/02/2020

Chloe’s father, Jeffrey Wright, passed away in January of 2019. “He was so gentle, so safe, so trustworthy. So larger than life that he was considered too good to be true. He lived with honor and sacrifice.”

Chloe has dreams to become a licensed music educator, as well as teach music lessons. She has been involved with the Eas...
04/01/2020

Chloe has dreams to become a licensed music educator, as well as teach music lessons. She has been involved with the East Texas Baptist University bands throughout her college career, and hopes to spread her love of music to others.

Fallen Patriots scholar Chloe Wright is the daughter of U.S. Marine Corps Corps Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Wright. Chloe is ...
03/31/2020

Fallen Patriots scholar Chloe Wright is the daughter of U.S. Marine Corps Corps Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Wright. Chloe is a junior at East Texas Baptist University where she studies music education.

We often receive emails and letters from students and families we've had the privilege to support. Today we want to shar...
03/29/2020

We often receive emails and letters from students and families we've had the privilege to support. Today we want to share one we received just last week!

Fallen Patriots is privileged to support students like Adriana as they pursue education. Adriana writes, “It has helped ...
03/28/2020

Fallen Patriots is privileged to support students like Adriana as they pursue education. Adriana writes, “It has helped me not to go in debt above all, but it has also helped me know that I am not alone in this journey. It is not a journey we choose, but we are going through it and Fallen Patriots helped us know that they got our backs. Recently I went to a career symposium and it was amazing, I could see how all of us gold star young adults got together and shared our experiences in life, and how Fallen Patriots work as a team to help us achieve our goals.” Please consider supporting Fallen Patriots scholars: https://bit.ly/2wbqKnA

When looking back on her time with her father, Adriana, in addition to her countless memories of him cooking, remembers ...
03/27/2020

When looking back on her time with her father, Adriana, in addition to her countless memories of him cooking, remembers her family’s trips to Disney World. “When he had the chance he would take us, he loved Disney World and his favorite character was Goofy.”

In the summer of 2011, Adriana’s father was killed in action over in the Middle East. When asked what advice she’d give ...
03/26/2020

In the summer of 2011, Adriana’s father was killed in action over in the Middle East. When asked what advice she’d give to another student in a similar situation, Adriana shared, “They are not alone, there so many people that care about us. To never give up on a dream, to keep on dreaming and pursuing happiness that I know that our lost parent would love for us.”

Dedicated to making her father proud, Adriana chose to study business after graduating with an Associate's degree in Reg...
03/25/2020

Dedicated to making her father proud, Adriana chose to study business after graduating with an Associate's degree in Regional and International Cuisine. “I wanted more, and by more, I mean that I want to do a lot of things to make my father proud. I want to be a professional person and to have a great restaurant that I can manage on my own.”

Adriana Paola Cintron Negron is the daughter of Army Specialist Marcos Armando Cintron. As a junior at National Universi...
03/24/2020

Adriana Paola Cintron Negron is the daughter of Army Specialist Marcos Armando Cintron. As a junior at National University College in Puerto Rico, Adriana is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, majoring in Business Intelligence.

We hope that you and your families are staying safe and healthy during these challenging times. America’s strength has a...
03/24/2020

We hope that you and your families are staying safe and healthy during these challenging times. America’s strength has always been its people and ideals and we are confident they will see us through this crisis as they have in the past.

We are grateful that your steadfast support allows us to continue to serve our scholars even as our team works remotely. Now, more than ever, students are facing uncertainty about what the future holds. While most of our students have transitioned to online learning, many have lost their part-time income (as have many of their parents) and have been displaced from their dorms, facing additional expenses to relocate. This has created a need greater than the normal tuition, books and living expenses. We are taking all necessary steps to do all we can to alleviate their fears and worries during this time of uncertainty. Your support will allow Fallen Patriots to continue our mission and be there for our students during this crisis.

Additionally, in light of the current situation, we have rescheduled our 2nd Annual New York City Gala to September 10, 2020 at Cipriani 42nd Street. Our Galas are an extremely important part of our funding – your generosity at last year’s NYC event raised over $3 million which equates to 375 years of college for our students. We are grateful for the many reservations which have already been made for the event and we will roll those forward to the September event.

Sponsorships, tables, and tickets will remain on sale and available at donate.fallenpatriots.org/NYCGala.

We hope you will join us in celebrating our students on September 10, 2020. Until then, please stay safe and healthy and know that we are honored and grateful for your partnership and support.

Sincerely,

Cynthia & David Kim
Co-founders

Read on our blog here: https://bit.ly/3aczGvq

We often receive emails and letters from students and families we've had the privilege to support. Today we want to shar...
03/23/2020

We often receive emails and letters from students and families we've had the privilege to support. Today we want to share this one with you!

When remembering his father, Noah explains what his service means to him, "My father's military service means a dedicati...
03/21/2020

When remembering his father, Noah explains what his service means to him, "My father's military service means a dedication to selflessness. With his education, he had the opportunity to work for a vast number of different organizations in the private sector who would have paid much more than the Air Force could have. Yet his goal remained the same. His love for his country and dedication to doing things not for oneself are values that I will carry on for my entire life."

We are honored to share that we had 426 students in our database turn 18 last year, making 2020 the largest freshman cla...
03/20/2020

We are honored to share that we had 426 students in our database turn 18 last year, making 2020 the largest freshman class in Fallen Patriots history! It's because of generous donors and supporters that we are able to connect with this unique community and continue our mission to serve them.

After Noah’s father died, he no longer had the financial support he needed to continue his college career. “Essentially,...
03/19/2020

After Noah’s father died, he no longer had the financial support he needed to continue his college career. “Essentially, without Fallen Patriots, I would not be able to continue my studies whatsoever. I would have dropped out two years ago and would have no idea what to do with my life.”

When Noah got into his first car accident as he was learning how to drive, he remembers this fond memory of his father. ...
03/18/2020

When Noah got into his first car accident as he was learning how to drive, he remembers this fond memory of his father. “I expected him to be furious about his car; instead he started laughing. He said he also got into a car accident when he was 16 with his father, and now it looks like crashing vehicles is in our genes.”

Noah looks up to his father's persistence and dedication, remembering that "He was repeatedly rejected from the Air Forc...
03/17/2020

Noah looks up to his father's persistence and dedication, remembering that "He was repeatedly rejected from the Air Force. Not giving up, he went back to school for 6 more college degrees including a PhD in Aerospace Engineering. He eventually became the first pilot in the military to fly with laser eye surgery and he attributed it to his education."

Fallen Patriots scholarship recipient Noah Close is the son of U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Eric E. Schultz. Noah i...
03/16/2020

Fallen Patriots scholarship recipient Noah Close is the son of U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Eric E. Schultz. Noah is a senior at the University of Arizona, where he studies Neuroscience and Cognitive science.

We often receive emails and letters from students and families we've had the privilege to support. Today we want to shar...
03/16/2020

We often receive emails and letters from students and families we've had the privilege to support. Today we want to share this one with you!

New Student Spotlight is up on our blog! "Remember that your person, mother, father, brother, sister all had goals and a...
03/14/2020
Student Spotlight: Christopher Pallanes — Children of Fallen Patriots

New Student Spotlight is up on our blog! "Remember that your person, mother, father, brother, sister all had goals and ambitions for you as well.” Learn more about Christopher's story:

Christopher Pallanes is the son of U.S. Navy Petty Officer Third Class Jason Pallanes. He was only eight years old when his father lost his life in 2004 in a training accident. Christopher says that his father’s military service served a “larger purpose” and “helped many.” “In his death ...

"Now, whenever I'm going through a hard time and feel like I can't go any further I think of my dad's big hand pressing ...
03/13/2020

"Now, whenever I'm going through a hard time and feel like I can't go any further I think of my dad's big hand pressing on my back and giving me the extra push that I need." - Daniel Bertolino, NYC Gala 2019 Student Speaker.

Support Fallen Patriots scholars like Daniel, get tickets for the 2nd Annual New York City Gala on May 18 here: https://bit.ly/2PH6ULt

On his father’s military service, Christopher explains, “I believe it served a larger purpose and in turn his service he...
03/12/2020

On his father’s military service, Christopher explains, “I believe it served a larger purpose and in turn his service helped many and in his death he paved the pathway for us, his children, to have a choice in what we want in our education which is really our lives.”

Since his father's death in 2004, Christopher has learned the power of allowing oneself to grieve while remembering thei...
03/11/2020

Since his father's death in 2004, Christopher has learned the power of allowing oneself to grieve while remembering their ambitions. “I find that being progressive in the desires they had for you to be successful in whatever field you are going into has been an amazing remedy.”

Christopher Pallanes, Fallen Patriots scholar and son of U.S. Navy Petty Officer Third Class Jason Pallanes, is in his j...
03/10/2020

Christopher Pallanes, Fallen Patriots scholar and son of U.S. Navy Petty Officer Third Class Jason Pallanes, is in his junior year at Azusa Pacific University studying for his Bachelor’s of Business Administration. Christopher aspires to one day run a business of his own.

03/09/2020
2019 Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United Career Symposium

In less than one week, Fallen Patriots scholars from across the country will gather for the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC Career Symposium. From marketing to sports management, students will learn all about the industry and develop vital networking relationships. See the highlights from last year's symposium!

We often receive emails and letters from parents of students we've had the privilege to support. Today we want to share ...
03/09/2020

We often receive emails and letters from parents of students we've had the privilege to support. Today we want to share a special one from a mother of Fallen Patriots Recipients!

Fallen Patriots is honored to support students like Alyssa in achieving their goals. "Receiving a scholarship from Falle...
03/07/2020

Fallen Patriots is honored to support students like Alyssa in achieving their goals. "Receiving a scholarship from Fallen Patriots has impacted my life in ways that cannot be explained. It has taken the financial burden off of my mother and I, and has allowed me to continue my education and earn my professional degree. The team at Fallen Patriots has been amazing and willing to help in anyway from the moment I found the organization, and my family and I are eternally grateful."

After an extended time apart, Alyssa remembers welcoming her dad home from deployment. "My fondest memory of my dad is r...
03/06/2020

After an extended time apart, Alyssa remembers welcoming her dad home from deployment. "My fondest memory of my dad is running into his arms after a year long deployment in Kuwait. We had all made signs and brought flags to wave and met him in the terminal of the airport."

Alyssa's advice to those who have gone through similar situations is the reminder that, "You can find peace in the fact ...
03/05/2020

Alyssa's advice to those who have gone through similar situations is the reminder that, "You can find peace in the fact that your parent would be so proud of you and they are with you every step of the way, though it may not be physically."

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Our Mission

Our mission is to provide college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

We are dedicated to serving the families of service members from all branches of the armed forces who have died as a result of combat casualties, military training accidents, service related illnesses, suicide, as well as other duty-related deaths as ruled by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The vision of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is to ensure that every child of a fallen patriot receives all necessary college funding.


  • We believe a college education is the single most important gift we can give these children.

  • We believe this is an important investment in the future of America.

  • We believe this is one of the best ways we can honor those who died defending our country.
  • Learn more: www.fallenpatriots.org

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    I cannot say thank you enough to this organization. Preparing to send my oldest off to college is overwhelming. It’s one of the many times I miss my life partner, my sounding board, my Marine. Opening the email today and seeing your generosity brought tears to my eyes. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Here’s his Senior ad for the yearbook.
    With the support of, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. My son, entered his 1st year at ASU, without me having how to figure out, How too make up the difference in tuition. This was his dream school to attend. He is such a kind and gentle soul. When we calculated the cost, after the Fry scholarship and Academic scholarship granted by the school. There was still a sizable balance. He said, “I’ll go to school locally and work. When I save up enough. I’ll reapply” I, had receive the Foundation newsletter and took a chance and called. And off he went. Thank you, Thank you, Thank You. Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. For assisting in getting, my son to his dream school with no tuition worries. Below is a photo of me dropping him at the airport, to begin his Sophomore year at ASU Carey Business School.
    Four years ago, I posted about the view from my desk. Today, I'm sharing a picture from about an hour ago. I'm graduating right now with a Master's in Educational Leadership. The view just keeps getting more and more amazing. Your support during my undergrad degree changed my life, the lives of all the students I have worked with and all the students I will work with in the future. Thank you.
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    This is some of the most important work that can be done for these kids; to provide the opportunity to gain their education in place of the loss of a lifelong significant parental relationship. I have struggled alone throughout life to achieve my education, which I believe is the great equalizer. A loving community of support will help the child to overcome the obstacles of being a member of an historically invisible population who carry the greatest torch of sacrifice for our fallen soldiers and for every citizen of this great Nation. Gold Star Daughter of a National Hero, Bruce Alan Grandstaff (KIA 5/18/67) awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, posthumous.
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