Midwestern Pet Foods is a proud partner of Children of Fallen Patriots. With backing from partnerships like Midwestern Pet Foods, Children of Fallen Patriots raises awareness and funds to provide college scholarships and educational counseling to children of fallen servicemembers. The foundation provides holistic care for its scholars, which encompasses educational benefits, internship opportunities, and job placements. Here is a behind the scenes look at one student who has been supported by this wonderful organization.
NAME: Caitlin Rowe
COLLEGE: University of Southern California
MAJOR: Industrial and Systems Engineering
GRADUATION DATE: 2022
MILITARY PARENT INFORMATION
NAME: Alan Rowe
BRANCH OF SERVICE: Marine Corps
CAUSE OF DEATH: KIA
Caitlin Rowe is the daughter of fallen U.S. Marine Corps Captain Alan Rowe. He was killed in action September 3, 2004. His loved ones say he was humble, strong, smart and
hard-working. Caitlin says, “He loved the Marine Corps and had the respect of his Marines and his superiors.”
With the help of Children of Johny Mac Soldiers Fund, Caitlin is studying environmental engineering at the University of Southern California. “I thought I would try to find a field where I can take math and physics and do something that contributes to society’s well-being,” explains Caitlin, “Be it sustainability for our environment, or urban planning which allows our natural environment to be preserved, I am looking forward to making a difference.”
Caitlin takes solace in knowing her father was proud to serve his country. “I know how much serving our country meant to him, and that gives meaning to his death. I know he died doing something he loved and believed in, which makes me proud he was serving our country in the military,” Caitlin says.
Caitlin credits JMSF’s support for helping make college transition easier. “I was able to get into a top school at a private university,” she says. They even helped with the purchase of a computer as well as college tuition.
There are approximately 25,000 children who have lost an active duty parent in the military over the last 35 years. The vision of JMSF is to ensure that every such child receives all necessary college funding.
For more information about Fallen Patriots please visit their website at www.fallenpatriots.org.