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(VIDEO) ‘Star Wars’ actor & U.S. Marine veteran surprises military family with scholarship

June 29, 2017

Adam Driver, the 33-year-old actor who plays Kylo Ren in one of the latest “Star Wars” films, recently surprised a military family with a scholarship for their daughter.

Driver, a Marine Corps veteran, delivered a scholarship to Hayley Grace Williams, a college nursing student struggling to pay her tuition.

The scholarship was awarded through a joint effort between Budweiser and Folds of Honor, a foundation that “provides educational scholarships for the children and spouses of America’s fallen and disabled service-members,” according to their website.

Hayley’s father, U.S. Army veteran John Williams, was injured during a training exercise just before Operation Desert Storm. Due to his injury, John Williams needed steel rods and six screws to stabilize his spine. Because of this, he works part-time as a bus driver, and can’t work for extended periods of time because he is in too much pain.

Driver, a former Marine who broke his sternum while mountain biking and was medically discharged before his unit deployed to Iraq, was able to empathize with John Williams, as both of them weren’t able to deploy due to their injuries.

In the video, Driver drives to Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania, to deliver the letter that tells Hayley Grace Williams about her scholarship. Driver also told the family that Budweiser will be covering the rest of the cost for the school year.

“I found the Williams to be an incredibly close knit and loving family,” Driver told the Huffington Post. “I understood where Hayley’s father John was coming from right away. John was injured right before being deployed. I was also injured right before deployment, so that sense of not finishing your job with the people you started with is something we connected on. Unfortunately, he is left with limited mobility and over the past 20 years, he has received multiple back surgeries to try to help.”

“Despite his injuries he works incredibly hard as a bus driver to support his family,” Driver added. “Hayley’s father inspired her to become a nurse to help people just like him. So, as I said, I felt very fortunate to be there and to help Haley take the next step. ”