University of Pittsburgh

Wounded Warriors and Veterans Education Assistance Fund

In honor of the courage and sacrifice of Sergeant Jeremy W. Feldbusch, the Wounded Warriors and Veterans Education Assistance Fund was established with an initial gift by Erik J. Rodenberg, to assist veterans, particularly wounded veterans, and their dependents in achieving their educational goals. 

Sergeant Jeremy W. Feldbusch graduated from the School of Arts and Sciences in 2001 and was named a distinguished alumni in 2010.  In 2004, Jeremy became the first national spokesperson for the Wounded Warriors Project.

Erik J. Rodenberg is a Partner at Columbus Consulting and graduated from Katz Graduate School in 2008 with a Master of Business Administration and concentration in International Business.  In addition, Mr. Rodenberg served 15 years in the U.S. Army Reserves separating at the rank captain and was eligible for promotion to major.

Endowed income of this fund shall be used to provide financial support for educational expenses that are not otherwise covered by military or other governmental benefits, based upon the following order of priority: wounded veterans, dependents of fallen or wounded veterans, and non-wounded veterans.  These funds are administered by the Office of Veterans Services. 




Donate to the Wounded Warriors and Veterans Education Assistance Fund here, or contact Ryan Ahl at 412-624-9162 or for additional information. 



Applying for the Scholarship:


The Office of Veterans Services is soliciting for applicants to award scholarships for the spring 2015 term. In order to be eligible, you must be a wounded veteran, dependent/spouse of a fallen or wounded veteran, or a veteran. The number and amount of the scholarships awarded will vary depending on the applicants. The scholarship will be in the amount of $2,500.  Applications and supporting documentation will be accepted until December 23, 2014. You can hand in application at the Office of Veterans Services or email your application and letter to  Download the application here.




Past Recipients:






Casey Enos, Fall 2014

Staff Sergeant, US Army, 2003-2013

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences,

Philosophy Major














Jonathan Gustafson, Fall 2014

Swanson School of Engineering,

PhD in Bioengineering














Andrew Fichter, Spring 2014

Sergeant, US Army, 2000-2004

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs,

Masters of Public and International Affairs











Jeffrey Dryden, Spring 2014

Lance Corporal, USMC, 2002-2006

School of Social Work, Masters of Social Work















Debra Charnell, Spring 2014

Daughter of David Charnell, USMC

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Computer Science Major












Nathan Babyak, Fall 2013

Staff Sergeant, USMC, 2004-2013

College of General Studies, Undeclared

Husband and Father of two children














Adam Rison, Fall 2013

Son of Charles Rison, USAF

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences,

Bioinformatics Major