Adam Driver was probably the last person one military family expected to turn up on their doorstep recently, but he did, and he came bearing great news to their corner of Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania.

The Star Wars actor, who was a U.S. Marine following the September 11th attacks, presented Hayley Grace Williams, a 21-year-old nursing student, with a full scholarship courtesy of Budweiser and Folds of Honor in a heartwarming video released Tuesday.

The link between the actor and the cause is a strong one: Driver broke his sternum in a mountain biking accident before he was set to be deployed to Iraq, and Army veteran John Williams, Hayley Grace’s father, was similarly injured just before his team was set to carry out Operation Desert Storm.

“You’re probably the first person that ever said, ‘I understand’ and truly understood,” he tells Driver in the clip.

“Right now, I’m working 40 hours a week to pay the final year,” Hayley says in voiceover.

In the video, Driver surprises the Williams’ at their home and presents Hayley with the scholarship letter.

“Your family’s commitment to country is only matched by your commitment to each other,” Hayley reads the letter aloud.

“Perseverance is a quality that can’t be celebrated enough. Hayley and her family embody it.”

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