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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Military Spouse and University of Phoenix Student Receives Maj. Fanny Griffin-McClendon Scholarship


A military spouse and founder of has received a $5,000 scholarship to use toward her degree in Human Services Management at University of Phoenix. Raven Hilden is married to a Marine who is a partial amputee due to injuries sustained while deployed. She is also the mother-in-law of an Army veteran disabled while in active service.

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Hilden's 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization helps deployed men and women and veteran families. provides several services including free rehabilitation and therapy programs for needy veterans, a military care package program for deployed troops, support for military families and help for returning veterans to reintegrate into society. Hilden said she founded “to serve the unique needs of military families”, but she also knows the importance of “educating the community about what our families face, and how they can help support them during deployment and after they return home.”


Hilden's passion for serving deployed military echoes that of the scholarship's namesake, Maj. Fannie Griffin-McClendon, who served 26 years in the U.S. Army. Griffin-McClendon served in the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, known as the SixTripleEight, that was sent to England and France to clear a backlog of 17 million pieces of mail during WWII. By clearing the mail backlog and keeping the mail flowing, the battalion ensured troops stayed in touch with loved ones at home and kept morale high. The SixTripleEight was the only all-black female battalion to serve in Europe during WWII.

The Maj. Fannie Griffin-McClendon scholarship is sponsored by the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) Foundation.

University of Phoenix

John Sperling, Ph.D., a Cambridge-educated professor and entrepreneur, founded University of Phoenix in 1976 to help working adults achieve academic success. The University's innovative learning framework, flexible class schedule and extensive resources help adults balance their studies, jobs and families. University of Phoenix also has an extensive network of Veterans' Resource Centers at its campuses across the country. They provide information on federal and state benefits and financial aid and scholarships, career readiness workshops, information about veterans service organizations and Veterans' Affairs, networking and work-study opportunities.

University of Phoenix has approximately 87,000 degree-seeking students enrolled across 100 degree and certificate programs. About 70 percent of its students are employed, and roughly 65 percent have dependents.

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