The Blewitt Foundation
Mission Statement


The University of Maryland University College is celebrating more than 60 years of serving the U.S. military world-wide as the premier supplier of non-traditional education to our troops. UMUC is now educating 60,000 military and family members.

Click Here to Read The University of Maryland University College's letter to The Blewitt Foundation


Program Overview - Destination R&R

The Foundation's Destination R&R

Site Selection for Destination R&R

Destination R&R at a Glance

On opening night all participants met for a kickoff dinner and night of entertainment. This opening event focused on having fun and meeting others.  Here are highlights of the diverse activities provided for our military families and guests, all designed to create a fun and educational environment.

  • Musical concert and show
  • Visit to nearby attractions
  • Spa treatments
  • Petting zoo
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Hawaiian Luau Dinner with DJ and dancing

Program Options

UMUC's Educational Opportunities

Managing Interpersonal Stress and Conflict

An exploration of the nature and causes of stress and techniques for its management. Discussion covers psychological processes that cause interpersonal conflict and stress and ways to manage, control and reduce stress.

Career Planning Management

The Successful Adult Learner

Financial Aid Opportunities

An overview of scholarships and grants available at UMUC and other institutions, with information provided on required forms and documentation.  A UMUC financial aid staff member would conduct the session and be available to provide individual support.

  • Financial Tools & Programs

Financial Planning

o       Building a budget

o       Checking and savings accounts

o       Credit cards

Ins and Outs of Debt

o       Getting out of debt

o       When debt works for you

o       Buying and owning a house

o       Mortgages

o       Second mortgages or equity loans

Identity Theft

o       How to prevent identity theft

o       Telemarketing fraud


o       Investment Basics

o       Investing for education

o       Investing your retirement account money

o       Ways to fund for retirement


o       Car insurance

o       Life insurance

o       Long-Term care insurance

o       Home/Renters insurance


Continuing the Relationship/Experience

Ultimately, the goal of the Foundation is to establish ongoing connections to all families participating in our activities, and to encourage the relationships that began during the Destination R&R

Excerpts from Destination R&R attendees:

"......You have sought out the disabled service members, including their families, recognized and honored them in a way that is unheard of in today's society.....My favorite part of the trip only last 20 seconds. It occurred when our son looked up at his Dad and for the first time, didn't see his disabled father, but he saw his hero. Thank you for that wonderful gift."

"......The trip made a profound impact on our family and we will be forever grateful......We will never forget how much you have changed our lives"

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Michael Josephson is the Founder & CEO of the Josephson Institute of Ethics and its well-known Character Counts! program. His daily commentary is heard by several million listeners on KNX Radio in Los Angeles, the Armed Forces Radio Network globally and several other U.S. radio stations, as well as printed in a number of U.S. local newspapers.

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