September 22, 2023

CSU awards Delaware mom Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship

Today, mom and wife Amber Banks of Dover, Del., finally gets a chance to pursue a five-year goal thanks to CSU: a college education.

Banks is the most recent winner of the Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship essay contest conducted and sponsored by CSU.

The award honors the spouses and children of active-duty public safety personnel (firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMTs and dispatchers) and military men and women, and covers tuition for up to 24 months for one specific online degree program with CSU. The scholarship is awarded six times a year.

“I was extremely excited to hear that I had won the scholarship,” said Banks. “I could not afford to go to college without this award from CSU. I have been trying to go for about five years.”

Banks heard about the scholarship from her husband, U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. David Banks who is also a student at CSU.

She will seek an online associate degree in general studies with CSU as she is planning to open a daycare business in her Delaware home. She did this previously in Mississippi for about three years.

“My other career goal is to become a kindergarten teacher. I love to work with children in a learning environment. A teaching career would also allow me to have weekends and summers off which will work well once my children are school-age,” Banks said, adding she wants a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.

To learn more about the Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship, please call 888-785-3006 or send an email to