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1st SFG family member students receive scholarships

Published: 11:41AM August 27th, 2013
1st SFG family member students receive scholarships

Staff Sgt. Sarah Jane Roberts

Members of the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) conduct Special Forces Scholarship Fund Award Ceremony to the sons and daughters of current and veteran Special Forces Support Soldiers at JBLM Aug. 8.

During a ceremony at the 1st Special Forces Group compound at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, 12 students were recognized for their academic achievements and awarded a scholarship from the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Scholarship Fund, Aug. 8.

The 12 students are dependents of current and former Soldiers from 1st SFG and were each presented scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $2,500 to assist with their studies in the upcoming academic year.

This is the second year that the 1st SFG (A) Scholarship Fund has provided scholarships to student dependents.

The co-directors of the 1st SFG (A) Scholarship Fund were encouraged by the fund’s ability to double the number of scholarships it awarded this year, from six in 2012 to 12 in 2013 and they hope to continue its expansion into next year and the years to follow.

“It’s our hope to build the fund to the point at which we’re able to award some form of scholarship to every deserving 1st Group applicant,” said Charley Higbee, retired colonel and co-director of the fund.

The Special Forces Scholarship Fund recognizes the sacrifices of the families of Special Forces Soldiers and SF support Soldiers by awarding merit-based academic scholarships to students pursuing post-secondary college or vocational education.

The outstanding scholars receiving 2013 1st SFG (A) Special Forces Scholarships are:

Alexander Wilson-Heid, junior, University of Florida

Nicole Ladeuceur, freshman, Wake Forest University

Spc. (ARNG) Eric McVay, junior, University of Alabama

Carolyn Heaney, freshman, Gonzaga University

Luke Shell, freshman, Western Washington University

Krystal Pang, sophomore, University of Hawaii

Sean Maraia, freshman, Rochester Institute of Technology

Brooke West, junior, University of Colorado

Mallory Taplin, freshman,University of Nevada

Tiana Brockway-Horne, graduate student, Stetson University Law School

Megan Maraia, junior, Eckerd College

Holly Vader, junior, Linfield College

The 1st Special Forces Group SF Scholarship Fund welcomes all support; anyone interested in supporting the Special Forces Scholarship Fund is invited to write Volunteer Program Co-Director Rick Thomas at