Andrew Friedson '08 along with other family and friends established the Edward Friedson Memorial Veterans Scholarship Endowment in July 2012 to support Maryland's veteran students.
Edward Friedson was a retired Captain in the United States Marine Corps. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Friedson and his Rollins College football teammates enlisted in the USMC reserves and were commissioned as Second Lieutenants. He served in Guam, Guadalcanal and Okinawa as a demolitions expert (1942-1945).
Mr. Friedson had a deep commitment to public service and love for country. He was one of the founders of a career program at Cedar Knolls Youth Center in Laurel, MD, training incarcerated youths in auto mechanics, and later helped begin a similar program at the Lorton Correctional Complex (VA). He also founded a mentoring program called KIDS (Dr. King’s Inspirational Dream Survives) in Southeast Washington, DC. KIDS provides college scholarships for inner-city elementary students who achieve academic distinction.
In 1950 he opened Standard Pontiac in College Park and spent his adult life as an avid Terps sports fan. Three of his grandchildren, Craig, Matthew and Andrew attended the University of Maryland.In honor of Mr. Friedson’s service to his country and his community, his grandson Andrew Friedson ’08 and other family and friends established an endowed fund to support annual scholarships for Veterans who are enrolled at the University.
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