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 funds 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.
Its our hope to build the fund to the point at which were 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 firstname.lastname@example.org