Ruthie Nellis and Bonnie Amos to Head Scholarship Program for Disabled Veterans

Wednesday, November 3 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho First Lady Ruthie Nellis and Bonnie Amos, wife of newly confirmed Marine Corps Commandant James Amos, have a new mission. The two women will head the University of Idaho’s Operation Education Scholarship Program as honorary co-chairs.

Operation Education is designed to help permanently disabled veterans and/or their spouses who seek to attain a degree at the University of Idaho. Veterans must have a service-connected injury caused or aggravated by military service after Sept. 11, 2001, and as a result of that injury, have a physical disability that severely impacts function of one or more major life activities.

Nellis and Amos will join together to advocate and promote Operation Education. They also will advise the Operation Education committee about programming, marketing and fundraising.

“I am proud to be involved with the University of Idaho in supporting the Operation Education Scholarship Program, which provides the assistance permanently disabled veterans need to achieve their education goals,” said Nellis.

The Operation Education Scholarship Program was established in 2006. The program provides financial assistance to supplement costs not otherwise covered, and academic and social support. Assistance may include direct educational costs such as fees, tuition and textbooks, on-campus housing, transportation, adaptive equipment, medical assistance, child care, tutoring and accommodative services.

“Operation Education is a vital scholarship program that serves those who have faced significant sacrifices in service to our country and builds on our legacy of leading at the University of Idaho,” said Nellis. “Operation Education builds on two strong traditions at the University of Idaho – ROTC and student success.”

Nellis and University of Idaho President M. Duane Nellis joined the Vandal family in July 2009. She earned a bachelor's of science degree in earth sciences from Montana State University, and a master's of science degree in library and information science from Emporia State University in Kansas.

Amos has a strong connection to the University of Idaho through her husband, Gen. James F. Amos, who is a University of Idaho alumnus. She is dedicated to providing help for wounded military personnel. She was instrumental in the creation of the first Run for the Warriors to Lejeune, an event dedicated to the men and women who have received a service related injury after Sept. 11, 2001.

Operation Education has been replicated at Adrian College in Michigan, and at the University of California-Riverside in California. Nellis and Amos are dedicated to serving the needs of disabled veterans wishing to continue their education.

“Operation Education demonstrates our commitment not only to those who have served and sacrificed, but also our commitment to their families,” said Nellis.

For more information about the Operation Education Scholarship Program, visit
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Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation classification for high research activity. The student population of 12,302 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For more information, visit

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit