Philanthropist Kenneth Fisher to receive Sylvanus Thayer Award at USMA

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Kenneth Fisher

WEST POINT – Philanthropist Kenneth Fisher will receive the 2022 Sylvanus Thayer Award on October 6 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

The award, presented annually since 1958, is the highest honor currently bestowed on a non-graduate by the West Point Association of Graduates.

As chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation, Fisher oversees an international network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving medical treatment.

There are 92 Fisher Houses throughout the U.S., the U.K., and Germany.

Carrying on a legacy that began with his great uncle, Zachary Fisher, the current chairman and the foundation have provided assistance to more than 413,000 military families totaling more than 10 million nights of lodging and saving them an estimated $525 million in out-of-pocket travel and lodging costs.

On any given night, more than 1,300 military families are sleeping in a Fisher House.

The Thayer Award is named for Sylvanus  Thayer, Class of 1808, superintendent of the academy from 1817 to 1833, and is remembered as the “Father of the Military Academy” for improving West Point’s academic standards, instilling military discipline, and emphasizing honorable conduct.