The scholarships, provided yearly to eligible footwear employees and their families through the generosity of Two Tens donors, have helped make college education and professional development opportunities more affordable for students nationwide since the programs inception in 1969.
In addition to Two Tens traditional scholarship offerings, the Footwear Warriors Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 to promote vocational and higher education among US military veterans who are employed or returning to work in the footwear industry following a tour of duty. With less than 13% of Gulf War era I and II veterans holding a bachelors degree, the Footwear Warriors fund fills a critical need by helping US veterans meet their higher education goals.
It was WB Yeats who said, Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. Each year since we started our scholarship program, Two Ten has lit hundreds of fires, said Neal Newman, President of Two Ten. Weve delivered close to $19M of college and design scholarships directly to close to 6,000 footwear employees and their children over the last 45 years. The more we grow our unique array of college and professional education scholarships, the more our footwear community thrives.