Meet Our 2018 Scholarship Winners
Brief statements from 79 of our 2018 Scholarship Winners.
Ashley Smith, granddaughter of Grover Smith Jr., 720th MPs, 1967-1968
Recipient of the 2018 Colonel Charles Schmidt Leadership award.
The reason I applied to this scholarship was because of my grandpa. He is a veteran and when he got the magazine, with the application, in the mail he told me that I needed to apply for the scholarship. At the time I was filling out the application I didn’t realize how amazing the scholarship is. I first thought it was just a scholarship that was just for the people going into the military, but actually it’s not. It’s for whatever and wherever you want to become and go. Once I received the scholarship I was so excited. I knew that my grandpa would be proud. The scholarship means a lot to me now since I did more research and found out that it’s a committee of veterans that come together to provide a scholarship to kids and grandkids of veterans. I think it’s so neat that they have this scholarship for the kids and grandkids of veterans, because anymore if you don’t go to the military or go to college, you’ll have a hard time finding a job. Thank you to my grandparents for making sure I had the scholarship in and to the scholarship people or person who gave me this scholarship. It’s truly an honor!!
granddaughter of Richard Steedley, Howitzer Battery, 3/11, 1970-1971
I am sincerely honored to have been selected as a recipient of the 11th ACVVC. Thank you for your generosity which will help me and allow me to pursue my goals and dreams as I aim to graduate from college in the next few years at Western Washington University. I am very thankful for this gift. This scholarship will contribute to many doors that will begin to open for me as I narrow down my career path. Thank you again for this kind gift.
Katherine Anthony, granddaughter of Alan Murphy, 27th Engineers, 1966-1967
This scholarship awarded in honor of Otis James Darden, Air Cavalry Troop, KIA February 3, 1969
I am very honored and excited
to have been awarded the 11th ACVVC scholarship this year. This scholarship
will make affording college much easier this coming school year for my
family and I. My family and especially my grandpa, who served in Vietnam,
were ecstatic to hear the good news. My grandpa can still be seen wearing
the black horse on his clothes and even proudly has it displayed on his
Tyler Antich, grandson of Robert Carlson, Air Cavalry Troop, 1968-1969
This scholarship awarded in honor of Phillip Allen Elliott, B Troop, 1/11, (KIA March 10, 1970
I am so grateful and honored to have
received the 11th ACVVC Scholarship. It holds special meaning to me, as it
reminds me of the dedication my grandpa gave to our country. Receiving this
scholarship will help me financially achieve my Bachelor of Science in Nursing
degree. Thank you again for this amazing opportunity.
Maranda Bias, granddaughter of Babe Halstead, A Troop, 1/11, 1968-1969
This scholarship awarded in honor of Victor Thomas Shaffer, D Company, 1/11, KIA June 19, 1969
I would just like to thank the 11th Armored Cavalry Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia for graciously choosing me to be a recipient of this amazing scholarship. This scholarship is very important to me because my grandfather had severed in the Vietnam War. I am beyond thankful for receiving this scholarship.
Branda Bleshenski, granddaughter of John Ivey, D Company, 1/11, 1967-1968
This scholarship awarded in honor of Jonathan Paul Hash, E Troop, 2/11, KIA August 12, 1969
"I am beyond grateful to have been considered and
chosen for this scholarship! It is a constant reminder to be thankful for
all the hardworking men and women, specifically, the veterans of the 11th
ACVVC, who put their lives on the line to fight for our country. It is a
privilege to say I am a legacy of one of those men, my grandfather. This
scholarship removes an immense amount of pressure to pay for school,
allowing me to perform at the best of my abilities in my classes. Hopefully,
I will make the 11th ACVVC proud!"
This scholarship awarded in honor of Gale Edward Deering, F Troop, 2/11, KIA August 19, 1969
I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for being one of the 11th Armored Cavalry's Veterans Scholarships. I did do a search on the young man that was honored for my scholarship. He was only 21 which is a few short years from my age now. I can not express enough the gratitude I have for all that have served and for this young man who lost his life defending our country. My grandfather, Ken Jankel, is very proud of his troop and shares memories from what you all went through so many years ago. I am honored to have military background in my family and feel very fortunate that I get to hear the stories of what took place. It makes it real and gives a realistic focus on what is important in life. The scholarship I was awarded is such a huge honor. My plans for college is to attend a junior college for the first two years and then transfer to a four year and then onto med school.
Sage Boles, granddaughter of Ken Jankel, B Troop, 1/11, 1966-1967
This scholarship awarded in honor of Keith Sam Arneson, G Troop, 2/11, (KIA May, 1, 1970
I would like to take this time to thank all of you first for your service to our country. I’m so grateful for all the sacrifices you have made and I am proud of all of you and your families. A bit about myself and the history that brings me to the position I have found myself in to accept such a generous gift. My parents, Robert and Sally Keefer saved me from a terrible childhood and adopted me as their own child when I was in my early teens and they in their mid-fifties. Their bountiful love led me to learn what a family should look like and allowed me to experience a childhood in small town America, happy and healthy like every child deserves. We would travel when schedules permitted and because they were part of this amazing organization, we frequented reunions often. Some of my best memories were traveling through Buffalo, NY with my big brother who recently passed. I will hold those treasures close to heart always. While attending these reunions as a young girl I would sit quietly at dinners and listen to the “war stories” the men would tell, admiring the jokes and intrigued by the serious moments as well. I remembered those stories and when I turned 18, I joined the Army as a Military Police Officer. I enjoyed that time more than anything and looked forward to a long career, but I changed plans when my two daughters were born. I left active duty to report to the National Guard, then left altogether to raise my young family. I decided to work for the military as a caregiver to the children and I still hold my position, by currently working at Fort Campbell, KY as a Child and Youth Program Assistant. The lifestyle I lead allows me to attend school full time and I have taken full advantage of those capabilities. I currently attend Liberty University which is a Christian College from Lynchburg, VA. I am scheduled to graduate with a bachelor’s Degree in social work and aim to pursue my master’s immediately after. I plan to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I will use those skills learned to help military families through the foster and adoption process. I thank you all for this wonderful opportunity and I hope this reunion is as fun and special to you now as they were in my memories.
Lonna Burrows daughter of Robert Keefer, Howitzer Battery, 3/11, 1967-1968
This scholarship awarded in honor of Robert Arthur Gregory, H Company, 2/11, KIA September 19, 1969
I am honored to have received the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia scholarship award. This means a great amount to me as my grandfather, who I will endlessly look up to, was involved in the Vietnam War. He has taught me many life lessons, one being – with hard work and determination I can always pursue the dreams I am passionate about. I am an interior design student at the University of Cincinnati, with the goal to have a career where my creativity can prosper with the ability to serve others and make an impact. I know that my grandfather made an impact on the people he served for – both in the Vietnam War and throughout his career. By receiving this scholarship, I am able to have the means to further chase the goals of mine, like I know he did with his.
Emily Clabbers, granddaughter of Richard Crabbs, B Troop, 1/11, 1967-1968
This scholarship awarded in honor of Charles Lee Rogers, HHT, 3/11, KIA November 16, 1967
Thank you so much for considering me for the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia scholarship award! I am so very honored and excited to have been selected for this scholarship. Ever since I was a small child, I remember being humbled and awestruck by the immense courage and sacrifice made by our soldiers throughout America’s history. I take immeasurable pride in the knowledge that my ancestors are veterans of World War I, World War II, and particularly of my grandfather, Monte Murdock, for his service with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam. Their example has been a significant inspiration not only to me as an individual, learning love of country and patriotism, but also in my academic life. I have been drawn to study history for a variety of reasons, but foremost among them is the hope that in some small way I may honor those who came before. The countless men and women who struggled and sacrificed that I might be so lucky to live in a peaceful world filled with opportunity. Receiving this scholarship does not merely convey financial aid, but rather, that the heroes I admire and strive to make proud, recognize my efforts, and are proud. This has affected me in a profound way. Rest assured the soldier, whose certificate I am most eager to receive, will be held in the upmost respect and will undoubtedly be displayed for all to see.
Abigail Coupe, granddaughter of Monte Murdock, 398th Transportation Det., 1967-1969
This scholarship awarded in honor of James Erwin Russ, Howitzer Battery, 1/11, KIA May 23, 1970
To me, this scholarship means opening new doors, reaching bigger goals, and seizing greater opportunities. It means more hours focusing on my future, instead of struggling to juggle finances and academics. This scholarship means I have a better chance of reaching my full potential and living out my purpose.
Rebecca DeLong, granddaughter of Robert DeLong, C Troop, 1/11, 1970-1971
This scholarship awarded in honor of Reginald Bernard Tynes, Howitzery Battery, 3/11, KIA June 6, 1968
Thank you for choosing me as the recipient of your gracious scholarship. I am so blessed and honored to have received the scholarship. This will be so beneficial as I further my education. Thank you for all of your support as I start the next chapter of my life.
Molly Dowling, granddaughter of Richard McQueen, F Troop, 1966-1967
This scholarship awarded in honor of William Randall Crane, I Troop, 3/11, KIA December, 18, 1969
I am extremely honored to be chosen as one of this year’s recipients of the 11th Armed Calvary's Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia scholarship. I give great thanks to all who made this scholarship possible, and to the men and women who have served our country. I am so grateful to be able to represent such an amazing association. This fall I will be a freshman attending Lamar University, while also participating on the cheer team, and pursuing a degree in Nursing. The funds of this scholarship will help a great deal with my schooling. I would like to thank everyone involved and all the veterans for choosing me to receive this award.I would also like to give a special thank you to my grandfather, Brenner Sayers, for serving our country and for also introducing me to many other great men and women who served. Thank you again for letting me receive such a prestigious award.
Kaylene Droddy, granddaughter of Brenner Sayers, D Company, 1/11, 1967-1968
This scholarship awarded in honor of Darrell Asa Jackson, A Troop, 1/11, KIA October 14,1966
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Hunter Duncan, granddaughter of Steven Duncan, 919th Engineer Company, 1967-1968
WhThis scholarship awarded in honor of Bobby W Jobe, L Troop, 3/11, KIA January 8, 1968
Ryan DykesI am very grateful for the opportunity that you have granted me through gifting me this scholarship. Due to your generosity, I will be able to save up for a study abroad program in my field and make myself more career ready for potential employers, through extracurricular learning opportunities. At North Carolina State University, I will be completing my undergraduate mechanical engineering degree and minor in business administration. With these degrees, I hope to eventually start up a engineering firm and work with experimental technology. The opportunities that this scholarship grants me are going to help me towards this goal. I would also like to thank my grandfather, SFC Jim Powell, and the all of the soldiers who have served along the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, without them I never would have had this opportunity.
Ryan Dykes, grandson of Jim Powell, G Troop, 2/11, 1970-1971
This scholarship awarded in honor of Albert Franklin Cleveland, 919th Engineer Company, KIA April 17, 1967
I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the recipient of the 11th ACVVC scholarships. I am grateful for the opportunities this award will provide me. I rely on financial aid, grants and student loans to help finance my education. Receiving this scholarship will help reduce my financial burdens and provide assistance for me as I continue pursuing my education. Thank you again for your thoughtful and generous gift.
Kendra England, granddaughter of Billy England, HHT, Regiment, 1970-1971
This scholarship awarded in honor of John E. Moulden, 919th Engineer Company, KIA November 28, 1968
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I am extremely grateful for the scholarship you have so generously awarded me. It will be most beneficial as I enter my junior year at Marywood University, pursuing a degree in Athletic Training. My grandfather, SFC Robert Sobolewski, served with the 11th ACR from 1969-1971 in Vietnam. My father and mother are also veterans of the US Army. They served with the 24th Infantry Division at Ft. Stewart Georgia from 1989 to 2006. As a young adult surrounded by a family of veterans, I realize the significance of receiving this very special award. Thank you for your service and allowing me the freedom and opportunity to pursue my dreams.
Kaitlyn Epler, granddaughter of Robert Sobolewski, 919th Engineer Company, 1969-1970
This scholarship awarded in honor of Harry Payne Burton, A Troop, 1/11, KIA April 13, 1969
I’m so humbled to have received the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia Scholarship. This scholarship means so much to me because my grandpa, a Vietnam veteran, has been one of my biggest supporters when it comes to education. “Papa Jack” as we call him, always helped me with homework and provided career and life advice, even when I didn’t want to hear it. This scholarship will help pay for my college and teaching credential program. I can’t wait to become an elementary teacher and give back to kids in need. I’m honored to receive an award that reminds me of my grandpa and others who served for our country. Thank you to everyone apart of this scholarship program.
Ashley Faucett, Granddaughter of Robert Sobolewski, 919th Engineer Company, 1969-1971
This scholarship awarded in honor of Richard Allen Cutler, A Troop, 1/11, KIA July 21, 1969
I am overwhelmed with gratitude to have received the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia scholarship! This scholarship will assist me in pursing my dream of attending the University Of Delaware School Of Nursing in the fall. As a registered nurse, I desire to serve on medical mission trips throughout the world, partner with local nonprofits to provide healthcare to unserved populations, and mentor aspiring healthcare professionals. I will forever be on a constant pursuit to provide the best possibly care for my patients and give back to my community by advancing my education and experience. This scholarship holds a special place in my heart since my grandfather served his country in the Vietnam War. I am truly honored and humbled by this scholarship that represents the selfless service of the veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia!
Shannon Gibbons, granddaughter of Lawrence Gibbons, HHT 3/11, 1968-1969
WhThis scholarship awarded in honor of Robert Foreman Jr., A Troop, 1/11, KIA March 26, 1970
Thank you so for this tremendous honor to receive the 11ACVVC scholarship. For years I've wanted to pursue the arts despite the tremendous cost, but seeing the certificate left me with a peace knowing that I could successfully follow what has always been my passion. I have the utmost respect for any of those who served in the 11th Armored Calvary including my grandfather and I promise that I will use this gift to the fullest
Teaghan Gokey, grandson of Paul Kelliher, 398th Transportation Det, 1969-1970
This scholarship awarded in honor of Carlos Medina, A Troop, 1/11, KIA February 26, 1967
“I am very humbled to receive this scholarship from the 11th ACVVC. I have the utmost respect for those who have served and continue to serve our wonderful country. I’m thankful for the sacrifices that were made for me to be able to receive a quality education. I would also like to thank my grandfather, Major General (ret.) George L. Gunderman for his leadership and service. Words can never express the gratitude I have for this opportunity. Thank you again and may God bless you all!”
Leah Gunderman, granddaughter of George Gunderman, C Troop, 1/11, 1966-1967
This scholarship awarded in honor of Thomas John Evans Jr., Air Cavalry Troop, KIA March 1, 1967
I am so grateful for being selected to earn the 11th ACVVC scholarship. Your support means a lot. I am currently majoring in German Studies hoping to share the language with others in the future. The financial assistance you have gifted me will allow me to focus on my studies. Thank you again for your support. I will work very hard to make this experience productive and fruitful.
Nicholas Hall, grandson of Robert Sussman, A Troop, 1/11, 1967-1968
This scholarship awarded in honor of Douglas Ralph Hodgson, Air Cavalry Troop, KIA May 6, 1967
It is a true honor to have been chosen to receive a $3000 scholarship from the 11ACVVC. I would like to thank my granddad, Gregory Harnick and all of the veterans of the 11ACVVC for your service and your sacrifices. Without all of you, I would not have the opportunity to live a life of freedom or the chance to pursue my dreams. This scholarship will assist me in the next 3 years to obtain my Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mortuary Science. I will be able to focus more on my studies and not have to worry about working as much. I look forward to meeting some of you at the reunion dinner I will be attending with my granddad this September in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For those of you I will not be able to thank in person, thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me in my future journey.
Jenna Harnick, granddaughter of Gregory Harnick, B Troop, 1/11, 1967-1968
This scholarship awarded in honor of Roger Lee Scott, Air Cavalry Troop, KIA January 20, 1970
Chase Heithoff, grandson of Ken Heithoff, F Troop, 2/11, 1968-1969
This scholarship awarded in honor of Ronnie Louis Pounds, F Troop, 2/11, KIA September 28, 1968
Makayla Hendry, granddaughter of Thomas Brody, HHT 2/11, 1967-1968
This scholarship awarded in honor of Johnny Edward Brumley, B Troop, 1/11, KIA February, 26, 1967
As a granddaughter of a Vietnam veteran, I know firsthand the traumatic experiences of our soldiers during that war. I am beyond honored to receive a scholarship from your organization when your members have given so much for my freedom. In return, I will use these scholarship funds to continue to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Science at The Ohio State University. I will proudly display the certificate you will be sending me to honor one of the hundreds of 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment troopers.
Alexis Highman, granddaughter of Daryl Highman, HHT 3/11, 1967-1968
This scholarship awarded in honor of Thomas Lee Cusson, B Troop, 1/11, KIA June 20, 1970
Thank you so much for choosing me to be awarded this scholarship. It really means a lot to me that this is available to children and grandchildren to those who have served. My grandfather told me about this scholarship, and told me about why it is given. Having a scholarship to honor these men ensures they will never be forgotten. I am honored that I was considered and chosen to help remember them and keep their bravery alive. Again, thank you for the opportunity to receive this award.
Madison Hinegardner, granddaughter of Gary Coates, K Troop, 3/11, 1968-1969
This scholarship awarded in honor of Joseph Harold Graham, B Troop, 1/11, KIA May 6, 1968
I am so honored to be receiving this award! I am proud to represent my grandfather and his unit. It is a blessing for me to be able to honor those who have fallen by working hard in school and utilizing the freedoms for which they fought. I am also excited to be receiving this scholarship because it will enable me to give back to my parents and grandparents financially. They have done so much for me over the years to help pay for college, and I want to pay them back by earning as much financial aid as possible. I am so thankful to have been chosen for this scholarship, and I can’t wait to display my certificate and honor those who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.
Kathryn Holcek, granddaughter of Everett Roper Jr., HHT Regiment, 1970-1971
This scholarship awarded in honor of Robert Allyn Wilson, M Company, 3/11, KIA May 6, 1968
"What a blessing it is to be receiving this scholarship and
to have the opportunity to honor and celebrate those who have served. I know the
reunion is always a highlight for my grandfather and that the friendships that
have been rekindled are some of his most valued. Thank you for all you do for
those who have put forth patriotism and bravery. This scholarship is a great
honor and will be of great help in funding my studies in engineering."
This scholarship awarded in honor of Peter Alan Kidd, B Troop, 1/11, KIA August 22, 1969
"I am humbled to have been chosen for this scholarship from the 11th Armored Cavalry's Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia. My grandfather has been a huge influence throughout my life, and his affiliation with the regiment is a large part of his identity. I have always been extremely proud of him and greatly appreciate this connection and support. This is only one of many ways that he has helped me towards my goal of becoming a chemical hydrologist and improving global water conditions. I am grateful and honored to be a member of the 11th ACVVC family."
Kendall Ivey, granddaughter of Jeffrey Jeter, C Troop, 1/11, 1967-1968
This scholarship awarded in honor of Thomas Melvin Washington, B Troop, 1/11, KIA July 1, 1968
I want to thank the 11th ACVVC for awarding me this scholarship. After receiving this scholarship I called my grandpa, Mike Osborne, and he showed me how to look up the KIA veteran that this scholarship is dedicated to, Mr. Earl Wayne Long. I was stunned when I saw his picture, and how he looked like someone I could attend school with. At twenty years old Mr. Long's life ended, but at the same age, I feel that my life is just getting started. I want to thank all those who have served and are currently serving for the sacrifices they have made for this country. This scholarship is going to help me pay for the rest of my schooling and the tests I need to take to finish my music education degree and go to grad school for my masters in Library Sciences.
Madison Hough, grand daughter of Mike Osbone, G Troop, 2/11, 1969-1970
This scholarship awarded in honor of Earl Wayne Long, B Troop, 1/11, KIA August 15, 1967
To me, this scholarship means so much more than money towards my education. It means honoring my Papas service for our country by getting an education so that one day I can do the same. It truly warms my heart to even be considered for such an incredible scholarship. I am so proud to be able to represent the service of the amazing members of the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia through my education. Thank you to the men and women who served our country so that I can have the luxury of a wonderful life in this beautiful place I call home.
Abigail Jeans, granddaughter of William Jeans, HHT, 2/11, 1966-1967
This scholarship awarded in honor of Jimmy Linwood Rhodes, C Troop, 1/11, KIA November 21, 1966
I am so honored to receive the 11th ACVVC scholarship. As I am continuing my education at Rutgers University I think of all of the great men and women who make the easiness of my life possible because of the incredible sacrifices they make each and every day. One of those great men is my Grandfather, Robert Kickenweitz, who served in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. It is because of brave people like my Grandpa, the people he fought beside, and so many others that made the simplest things in life that most people take for granted possible. So thank you for this amazing scholarship and for your service.
Kate Jones, granddaughter of Robert Kickenweitz, HHT Regiment, 1966-1967
This scholarship awarded in honor of Dale William Tolbert, C Troop, 1/11, KIA May 19, 1967
Thank you so much for this wonderful scholarship. I was ecstatic after reading the email and finding out that I was awarded this generous scholarship. Receiving this scholarship could not have come at a better time. My father lost his job about two months ago and my financial aid award has been dramatically reduced. Prior to receiving this email, my parents and I were discussing options to pay for college. I am very grateful that I was chosen to receive this scholarship. For me, this scholarship honors and salutes all the veterans that served in the Vietnam War. Appreciating their sacrifices, determination and dedication and in return providing their families with monetary thanks. Scholarships can ease the financial burden of college tuition. This scholarship makes college more affordable for me and reduces the amount I will have to pay in student loans. Thank you again.
Dakota Joslin, grandson of Irving Gall, I Troop, 3/11, 1966-1967
This scholarship awarded in honor of Raymond Sharp Loftus III, D Company, 1/11, KIA July 3, 1968
Thank you and the 11th Armored Cavalry's Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia for this amazing opportunity. I’m sorry to inform you that I will not be able to attend the reunion due to schooling.
Gabrielle Justice, granddaughter of Babe Halstead, A Troop, 1/11, 1968-1969
This scholarship awarded in honor of David Carson Cunningham, E Troop,1/11, KIA March 24, 1967
Thanks for this amazing opportunity! I have worked very hard and feel honored to have received this scholarship. I am sorry that I will not be able to attend the reunion because I will be in school.
Kaylee Justice, granddaughter of Babe Halstead, A Troop, 1/11, 1968-1969
This scholarship awarded in honor of Thomas Lee Hoover, E Troop, 2/11, KIA September 27, 1967
Thank you very much! It means so much to me. The opportunity to accept this scholarship is amazing! This is going to make exploring my dreams in college much more obtainable! I am proud to be a part of an organization that means so much to my grandfather and so many others. I will make great use of this opportunity and represent the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia well by chasing the American dream! Thank you all so much!
Jacob Keels, grandson of Quintin Goodner, Howitzer Battery, 3/11, 1967-1968
This scholarship awarded in honor of Timothy Roy Roe, E Troop, 2/11, (KIA February 26, 1970
I am so thankful to have been selected to receive an 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia scholarship. I am honored to be selected by an organization that has already sacrificed so much for their country and continues to help young people like myself continue their education. Thank you again for your service and helping me achieve my goals, and a special thank you to my grandpa, Randy Bodo, who helped make this possible. I am looking forward to meeting some of you at the reunion in September!
Hannah Kent, granddaughter of Randy Bodo, B Troop, 1/11, 1968-1969
This scholarship awarded in honor of Michael James Whalen, E Troop, 2/11, KIA April 16, 1971
I was in utter shock when I came upon the notification that I was one of the chosen recipients who would receive a scholarship from the 11th ACVVC. The news of receiving this scholarship not only made me jump for joy but so did my parents. The scholarship will help enormously with covering this year’s tuition. I cannot thank the 11th ACVVC enough for providing me with a scholarship this year. Also, the scholarships that the organization has donated to students over the years have been a blessing to everyone. The scholarships are extraordinary in many ways because not only do they help students further their education, but they also are dedicated to someone special. My scholarship was dedicated to the memory of Robert G. Curl who was killed in action while serving as a trooper in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Southeast Asia. I could never thank the veteran enough for honoring and protecting our country as they have. I have deep gratitude for the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protect our country. I will to my utmost to finish my education and apply my knowledge towards the improvement of my country.
Ashleigh Kohrmann, granddaughter of Walker Malone, HHT Regiment, 1969-1970
This scholarship awarded in honor of Robert Graham Curl, F Troop,2/11, KIA December 2, 1969
Being selected to receive the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia Scholarship means a great deal to me. With the help of this scholarship, I look forward to being able to make a difference in the world by becoming a doctor. I admire the bravery of my grandfather and all those who fought alongside him who risked their lives to keep America safe. I hope throughout my life I can make a difference, as the soldiers of the 11th Armored Cavalry did.
Kimberly L’Etoile, granddaughter of Roger L’Etoile, F Troop, 2/11, 1966-1967
This scholarship awarded in honor of Roy Ignacio, F Troop, 2/11, KIA May 25, 1971
I would like to thank you for choosing me as a recipient of the "ACVVC scholarship." I am honored to receive this as I know my family is too. Both of my grandfathers were in the Vietnam War in the late 60's, serving their country and fighting for our freedom. As i am told some of their stories, I cannot imagine myself going through this at my age. I am so proud to be a granddaughter of a veteran. I will remember this honor for a long time. Thank you so much.
Abby Lohrmann, granddaughter of Curtis Lohrmann, HHT, 2/11, 1968-1969
This scholarship awarded in honor of George James Orr, F Troop, 2/11, KIA April 17, 1971
The 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia Scholarship means a great deal to me. In the fall, this scholarship means that I will have my meal plan paid for. In the future, this scholarship means that I won't have to worry about paying this money back through student loans. This scholarship means that my education is put first.
Ann Manley, granddaughter of Clyde Manley, G Troop, 2/11, 1967-1968
This scholarship awarded in honor of Edward Arnold Stahl, F Troop, 2/11, KIA May 25, 1967
“Receiving the 11ACVVC scholarship is not just money to help with school. It is an accomplishment and honor I can forever keep in my heart in honor of all the brave soldiers who continue to give service to others even after they have passed. I hope only to continue the legacy they hold by giving my service to others, and create a different world of accessibility, ease, and comfort through my Interactive Design degree at Kennesaw State University. This scholarship allows me to continue my education without the added stress of payment, thus giving all my time and effort to ensuring I learn and absorb everything there is to learn. Thank you for choosing me to receive such an honor, I will fufill the legacy before me because of it.”
Lauren McAlister, granddaughter of Stephen Page, B Troop, 1/1, 1966-1967
This scholarship awarded in honor of Herbert Lee Phelps, G Troop, 2/11, KIA July 8, 1969
I have been attending the 11th ACVVC Black Horse Reunions with my Grandparents since I was seven years-old. As a little girl, I remember going from table to table in the “Bunker” to look at photo albums and hear the stories of valor, commitment, and character of the brave Vietnam Veterans that served in Vietnam during the war. I feel it is an incredible humble honor and privilege to receive this Scholarship! I understand with a greater appreciation just what these soldiers, men and women, gave in selfless sacrifice so that I might live in a free nation. Their dedication, service, and self-lessness has paved the way for me to serve others as I study Nursing at The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. As I studied about the Vietnam War in my history classes, I felt very proud to be able to share that my Grandfather was a Vietnam War Veteran. He has left me a greater legacy of honor, courage, responsibility, commitment, and leadership by his service to God and country through the 11th ACVVC Black Horse Regiment. I am deeply grateful to be a part of this incredible Military Family and praise the Lord Jesus Christ for this invaluable “gift!” Thank you!
Lauren McCarthy, granddaughter of Daniel Jaime, HHT Regiment, 1969-1970
This scholarship awarded in honor of Donald Jerome Rice, G Troop, 2/11, KIA January 23, 1970
My name is Mae McGrath and I have just started my freshman year at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. I am extremely grateful to be a recipient of the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia Scholarship as it has made my dream of attending college more achievable. Attending college becomes more and more expensive each year making it difficult for young people to seek higher education. Scholarships like the 11thACVVC Scholarship make it possible for people like me to fulfill our goals of furthering our education. I would like to thank my Grandpa Ed and every member of the 11th Armored Cavalry for this opportunity.
Mae McGrath, granddaughter of Edward Tinney, A Troop, 1/11, 1969-1970
This scholarship awarded in honor of James Walter Tuttle, G Troop, 2/11, KIA April 29, 1969
The 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam &
Cambodia scholarship means a lot to me, because my grandpa means a lot
Victoria Meersman, granddaughter of Robert Yeager, HHT Regiment, 1969
This scholarship awarded in honor of Jimmie Ray Tice, H Company, 2/11, KIA February 26, 1969
I am truly honored and ecstatic for being chosen to receive this scholarship, this will help me get through my schooling with less stress and more ease! It is truly like a weight being lifted off my shoulders and I could not be any more thankful!
Cassidy Mertens, granddaughter of John Clayton, G Troop, 2/11, 1969
This scholarship awarded in honor of Robert Volnie Bair, HHT, 1/11, KIA February 2, 1967
"I am very honored to be able to receive the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia scholarship. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be able to use this scholarship to pursue my dream of becoming a nurse. Thank you to all the veterans who have served and dedicated their lives to serving our country.”
Natalie Mitchell, granddaughter of Jerry Mitchell, I Troop, 3/11, 1967-1968
This scholarship awarded in honor of Jose Hernandez Quintero, HHT, 2/11, KIA April 17, 1967
I feel incredibly honored to receive a scholarship that honors such courageous veterans and take great pride in knowing I have received such a meaningful award. This scholarship is very special to me because my papa is a Vietnam veteran and I know that that is a very important aspect of his life and I am proud to honor him for his bravery and sacrifice. I am very close with my papa so being able to represent him in any way is very important to me because he has been a very large influence in my life. I know how much my papa holds his experiences in Vietnam closely to him, so being able to connect with him in this way is significant to me and how much I admire all he has been through. This is more than just a scholarship to me, this is a representation of the distinction I want to be able to give my papa and I feel privileged receiving this award in his honor.
Alexandria Montalbano, granddaughter of Frank Montalbano, L Troop, 3/11, 1966-1967
This scholarship awarded in honor of Richard Wilson Cole, HHT, 3/11, KIA June 19, 1969
I am so greatly honored that I was chosen out of many to receive one of these awards. Words cannot express enough the gratitude I have for the men and women that served, and still continue to serve our country. My pappap, Larry Frailex served in the 11th Armored Cavalry in Vietnam. Through him, I have begun to understand, at most, a fraction of the terrors the men and women endured for my freedom. This scholarship, I received, in the name of Fred Russel, is so greatly appreciated. I did not know that a man fighting for freedom so many years ago could benefit me in this kind of way. I feel so very blessed that the Lord granted me this money to help pay for my education. I will never take for granted this opportunity and will continue to thank the Lord to live in a country called “the land of the free”.
Haley Moore, granddaughter of Larry Fraliex, K Troop, 3/11, 1969-1970
This scholarship awarded in honor of Fred Calvin Russell, HHT, 1/11, KIA February 10, 1967
"It is an incredible honor and
privilege to receive the 2018 11th ACVVC Scholarship in recognition of the
service of my grandfather, Matthew William Morrissey. I hope it can be a
testament to the time and service he gave to the United States while in Vietnam
with the 11th Armored Calvary. He has shared these experiences with me on
multiple occasions. Once for a school project, I interviewed him about the
people, situations, and difficulties he experienced while in Vietnam. It was
consistently clear that his time spent there had a meaningful significance in
his life; when I told him that I had received this scholarship, he was
overjoyed. As well as being a testament to his service, this scholarship will
help me with my college education at the University of Michigan, where I plan to
study engineering and hopefully become as skilled as my grandpa. Thank you again
for this wonderful opportunity and for all of the sacrifice and service of our
11th Armored Calvary veterans."
This scholarship awarded in honor of John Joseph Campa, Howitzer Battery, 3/11, KIA January 12, 1967
To the members of the 11th Armored Cavalry Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia, I cannot express how deeply honored and appreciative I am to be a recipient of this scholarship. I am saddened by the fact that my grandfather, Col. Charles L. Schmidt, is not here to share in the joy and accomplishment I feel, although I am comforted by the fact that I now have a small link to him through this organization. The 11th Cavalry was always incredibly important to my grandfather and I hope that I can uphold the meaning and value of the scholarship during my time in college. Thank you for this incredible honor.
Jacob Nixon, grandson of Charles L. Schmidt, I Troop, 3/11, 1967-1968
This scholarship awarded in honor of John Wesley Sparks, I Troop, 3/11, KIA January 9, 1970
This scholarship will help me
finish my undergraduate education at the college my grandfather attended
before West Point. I know that the 11th ACVVC meant the world to him, and I
feel honored that I am able to be a part of this organization in a small
way. I am double majoring in Engineering and Physics as part of a five year
program, and to be awarded this scholarship in my last year helps
tremendously. I cannot thank you all enough for making this scholarship
This scholarship awarded in honor of James Junius Ruffin, I Troop, 3/11, KIA March 19, 1967
I would like to begin by expressing my gratitude for your honoring those who were killed in the Vietnam war. This means a lot to myself, as well as my grandfather who was in the war at this time and received a purple heart. I would also like to say that I am so thankful for being considered and ultimately chosen to receive this scholarship. It has and will help me through school in ways you do not know. I am proud of myself and so thankful to you and those who risked their lives. I hope you will continue to share the names of those who were killed and never let them be forgotten. Have a great day.
Madalyn Olejniczak, granddaughter of David Hynes, G Troop, 2/11, 1968-1969
This scholarship awarded in honor of Daniel Floyd West, I Troop,3/11, KIA November 24, 1968
I just want to thank you, and the ones who served and who are currently serving for making this scholarship possible. It really means a lot to me because times can be tough. With this scholarship I will be able to continue my college education with hope of having a better future.
Brianna Paul, granddaughter of Mack Paul, H Company, 2/11, 1966-1967
This scholarship awarded in honor of Wesley Charles Howley Jr., K Troop, 1/11, KIA June 26, 1970
When I was notified that I would receive a memorial scholarship on behalf of a fallen soldier I felt it necessary to gather all information that I could on this hero that I would have the honor of receiving assistance towards my future. Spec Blaine Landers was only 22 years old when he was killed in action, June 19, 1967 in Phuoc Tuy. I am honored to dedicate a portion of my college career to Spec Landers as he was taken from this world far too young. Most soldiers whether they be veterans, retired, or currently on active duty, if you ask them, call themselves an “average” soldier, someone who was just doing a job that needed to be done. Which is as good a definition of gallantry as any: doing what needs to be done while facing death. I am very grateful to have received this scholarship. I have always been so proud of my grandfather’s military service and all who have served our great country. He would tell me stories of his time in the army with the 11th Armoured Cavalry in Vietnam. Though I may not have met Spec Landers I will carry this certificate in his honor.
Devin Perotti, grandson of Michael Dohme, G Troop, 2/11, 1969-1970
This scholarship awarded in honor of Blaine Wilson Landers, K Troop, (KIA 06/19/67)
I'd like to thank all of the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment troopers for this award, especially my grandfather, Farl Grundy. He has always been an example of hard work, kindness, and honor, and I'm grateful to have him in my life. While most of the members in the 11th ACVVC aren't still actively serving on the battlefield today, I see this scholarship as an indication that you are still going out of your way to serve your country and give of yourselves to make it a better place for me. I believe pursuing an education is very important, but I wouldn't be able to go after a college degree and devote myself to my studies as fully as I do without the support of friends and loved ones like you. I'm studying to be an engineer, so I hope that my education will lead me to build a better world for those who come after me. And how could I not, with all of you setting an example through your continuing service! I will do my best to honor your generous support and study hard!
William Roser, grandson of Farl Grundy Jr., K Troop, 3/11, 1970-1971
This scholarship awarded in honor of Larry Allen Williamson, K Troop, 3/11, KIA May 21, 1967
I’m humbly homered to have received this scholarship and use this to help further my education. When I received this scholarship I immediately called my grandpa, who served in Vietnam in 1968-1969. I grew up hearing about the experiences he encountered during his service there and by furthering my education I hope to continue to make him proud. I had the honor to meet the men he served with at a few reunions. I would like to thank everyone who sacrificed their lives for our country and to this amazing organization for this grateful opportunity.
Alana Rodas, granddaughter of Roger Karels, L Troop, 3/11, 1968
This scholarship awarded in honor of Rodolfo Andres Saenz, K Troop, 3/11, KIA May 21, 1967
I am currently an exercise science major at BYU and my plan is to become a physical therapist. This will require at least seven years of very expensive school. Any scholarships and financial aid mean the world to me and help more than you could imagine but for me receiving this particular scholarship is an extra honor. I have so much love and respect for the veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia. All three of my grandfathers served in Vietnam and they along with the other veteran's embody the type of person I strive to be. I am so grateful for their and many others willingness to put others before themselves and to protect their country despite the personal cost. I am so grateful for this scholarship and the sacrifice of the 11th ACVVC.
Julianne Roser, granddaughter of Farl Grundy Jr., K Troop, 3/11, 1970-1971
This scholarship awarded in honor of Roger Lee Coen, L Troop, 3/11, KIA October 22, 1970
Thank you for allowing me to be one of your association’s scholarship recipients. As I think about what a difference this scholarship will make in my academic career, I am also reminded of what a privilege it is to have the opportunity to further my education at all. So many of the veterans here sacrificed years of their lives in service to our country, years that could have been spent continuing their own education and pursuits. I am thankful for that sacrifice, for their example of service to those around them, and of giving back to their community. I will do my best to honor them them, and this organization’s generosity, by working diligently in pursuit of a career in occupational therapy. Thank you again and again,
Megan Roser, granddaughter of Farl Grundy Jr., K Troop, 3/11, 1970-1971
This scholarship awarded in honor of Lawrence Michael Dawsen, L Troop, 3/11, KIA July 21, 1967
I would like to thank you all for the honor of receiving your scholarship. It was such a blessing to receive. Because of your generosity, I am one step closer to my dream of becoming an ophthalmologist in a rural area of the United States. I am using the scholarship to attend Boise State University this year and I am very excited. Thank you all for your service and dedication to our country, you are an inspiration to me and those around me.
Alita Ruggles, granddaughter of George Ruggles, Howitzer Battery, 3/11, 1966-1967
This scholarship awarded in honor of James Ronald Oakley, L Troop, 3/11, KIA February 23, 1968
Thank you for the scholarship. I am very thankful to be able to receive this scholarship. It will be very helpful as I continue my education.
Taylor Ryan, granddaughter of James Ryan, B Troop, 1/11, 1968-1969
This scholarship awarded in honor of Sander Chris Sanderson, L Troop,3/11, KIA January 12, 1967
I am honored to receive an 11th Armored Cavalry's Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia scholarship because the veterans of our nation are our treasured heroes. Without the bravery and sacrifice of our veterans, including those who lost their lives, my opportunity of a higher education might not have ever been a possibility. As a grandchild of a veteran of the 11th Armored Cavalry, this scholarship, like my grandfather, Harry F. Williams, holds a special place in my heart and I am truly honored to have been selected.
Callie Sattler, granddaughter of Harry F. Williams, L Troop, 3/11, 1969-1970
This scholarship awarded in honor of Richard James Schutz, L Troop, 3/11, KIA July 21, 1967
I am incredibly honored to have been selected as a 2018 recipient of the 11th ACVVC scholarship. These funds will be of great assistance to me while I am studying Mechanical Engineering at University of Kentucky. I have so much respect for every veteran of the Vietnam War, especially my grandfather, who received a Purple Heart. I am so appreciative of everything he has done for me, including not only his service in the war, but also the simple things he does for me each day. I want to thank him for directing me to this scholarship application. Once again, thank you to the 11th ACVVC for blessing me with the opportunity to finance my education over these next several years of undergraduate study.
Peyton Schroeder, granddaughter of Daniel Werner, HHT, 3/11, 1970-1971
This scholarship awarded in honor of Gary Wayne Gillis, M Company, 3/11, KIA April 7, 1969
Thank you so much for this scholarship. My grandfather, Benny Conner, was in the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1967. It is a true honor to receive it. I will be attending Concord University in West Virginia and pursuing a degree in Biology.
Kaelea Smith, granddaughter of Benny Conner, Howitzer Battery, 1/11, 1966-1967
This scholarship awarded in honor of Clarence C. Young, M Company, 3/11, KIA February 14, 1970
It is an absolute honor to be
one of the first grandchildren selected to receive a scholarship from the
11th Armored Calvary's Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia. After learning about
how much my grandfather, Dale Smith, made during his service in Vietnam, it
absolutely redefines the value of this scholarship. Many fought and lost
their lives in the Vietnam War, and their legacy deserves nothing more than
to be remembered, and it is such a beautiful thing that the 11th ACVVC can
strengthen these brave warrior’s legacies by donating in their names. This
scholarship will be used to further my education at the University of
Missouri- Columbia in pursuing my industrial engineering degree. It means
the world to my family and me to receive this incredible reward. I will
forever be grateful to have been selected for this scholarship, and even
more grateful for those that lost their lives defending our beautiful
This scholarship awarded in honor of James Avery Messick, M Company, 3/11, KIA January 8, 1967
Thank you so much for choosing me as a 2018 scholarship winner. I understand the importance and significance of your organization and it is a true honor to be recognized by you all. God bless.
Wilson Smith, grandson of Danny Vancel, I Troop, 3/11, 1968-1969
This scholarship awarded in honor of William Jerry Dillon, 919th Engineer Company, KIA June 19, 1967
I wanted to extend my appreciation for the scholarship I received from the 11th Armored Calvary, of which my father has long been a part of. This scholarship has enabled me to pursue my desire to begin the path into becoming a nurse in the private sector. With this scholarship, not only does it give me the chance to go to college, a chance not given to most, but it will help me in life. And through my dedication will go on to save many more lives hereafter.
Jacqueline Tinsley, daughter of Jack Tinsley, Air Cavalry Troop, 1968
This scholarship awarded in honor of Robert James Thompson, 919th Engineer Company, KIA April 8, 1970
I am extremely grateful to have been selected to receive an 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia scholarship. This scholarship means I will be able to further my education and accomplish my end goal of becoming a surgeon. It also shows that my hard work and dedication has paid off and I’m being rewarded.
Sierra Townsend, granddaughter of Eddie Wadlington Jr, C Troop, 1/11, 1967-1968
This scholarship awarded in honor of Donnie Lee Cunningham, A Troop, 1/11, KIA November 18, 1970
I am a first-generation,
full-time college student working nights, with dreams of working in
biomedical research. As a future researcher, my ultimate goal is to help
discover cures for the ailments that have plagued the lives of my family
members and many others who have suffered with the same or similar health
conditions. I know I have the potential to succeed in whatever I put my mind
to. With the help and support of the 11th ACVVC relieving some of the
financial burden, in the incredibly generous amount of $3,000, I am
confident I can make this dream a reality. I am so very humbled and deeply
grateful to receive the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam &
Cambodia Scholarship Award. Thank you, 11th ACVVC!
This scholarship awarded in honor of Kenneth Ray Hodge, A Troop, 1/11, KIA April 1, 1970
Thank you to the committee for choosing me for this scholarship. I am honored by the award. This scholarship means more to me than just the funding for college; which I am grateful for. I am proud to receive the scholarship in honor of my grandfather. His many years of service in the military and his tours in Vietnam make me proud to be his grandson. It means a lot to be able to represent him and win this scholarship for him to honor the sacrifices he made for our country. Thank you to all the brave men and women who have served this country.
Christopher Tucker, grandson of Paul Foley, HHT, 2/11, 1971-1972
This scholarship awarded in honor of Donald Carol Lamb Jr., E Troop, 2/11, KIA April 22, 1970
Zachary Van Gorder
Receiving a scholarship from the Eleventh Armored Cavalry’s
Veterans was truly incredible. To be honored by a group of people so strong and
crucial to our history is extremely humbling. Receiving this scholarship will
allow me to continue forward in my dream of becoming a Physician Assistant, and
it will restart my fire to live a life of service and kindness. As I receive my
degree and as I practice, I will always recall how important of a role this
organization has played, and I will be forever grateful for not only the
scholarship, but also the service for our country.
This scholarship awarded in honor of Lane Carston Johnson, F Troop, 2/11, KIA November 11, 1968
Receiving a scholarship of any kind is a tremendous achievement in helping me pursue my educational goals but receiving the 11th ACVVC scholarship holds an entirely different emotional weight on my heart. This scholarship is available only because valiant men and women risked and lost everything for our country – including my grandfather, Billy Frank Sartor. To have been hand picked out of a pool of thousands of applicants is truly an honor of immense proportion and I will carry the memory of those who have served and made this scholarship possible each and every day.
Alli Vandervorst, granddaughter of Billy Grank Sartor, B Troop, 1/11, 1970-1971
This scholarship awarded in honor of Robert Milton Wade, E Troop, 2/11, KIA October 12, 1967
Receiving the 11th Armored
Cavalry's Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia Scholarship is an honor because
it will help pay towards my degree at the University of Missouri- Columbia.
I am pursuing a degree in History and knowing that this scholarship came
from individuals who helped make history is a privilege that I will not ever
forget. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I plan to continue my
education by completing a Masters Degree in Library Science. Upon completion
of my education, I plan to relocate to Washington, D.C. and work at one of
the many museums.
This scholarship awarded in honor of Edward Austin McKenzie, F Troop, 2/11, KIA August 19,1968
I am very honored to represent this organization as a recipient of an 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia scholarship. My grandfather, James “Doc” Bland, served as a combat medic in the 11th Armored Cavalry during the Vietnam War, so this award means a great deal to me. I look up to all of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line for our country and our freedoms. I am both excited and humbled to be given this scholarship, and I hope to honor this organization by using these funds to advance my education. I can never thank you enough for helping me pursue my dreams.Gillian Wanosky, granddaughter of James Bland, E Troop, 2/11, 1968-1969
This scholarship awarded in honor of Tommy Ray Eaton, G Troop, 2/11, KIA December 17, 1968
I am honored to be a recipient of an 11th Armored Cavalry's Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia Scholarship. Receiving this scholarship will enable me to focus less on financial issues an more on my studies. This scholarship will help me attain my educational and career goals. Thank you again, I am honored and humbled by the generosity of the members of the 11th ACVVC.
Braden Walker, grandson of James Walker, I Troop, 3/11, 1969-1970
This scholarship awarded in honor of Ronald Dean Shepherd, F Troop, 2/11, KIA July 5, 1967
This scholarship opens up so many opportunities for me, being that my final goal is to attend Veterinary School. I'm so grateful for my grandpa (James Yunker) and the sacrifice he made for this country so that I could one day be given the great opportunity to achieve all of my hopes and desires.
Isabel Yunker, granddaughter of James Yunker, HHT, 3/11, 1966-1967
This scholarship awarded in honor of Clinton William Shaver Jr, G Troop, 2/11, KIA April 29, 1969
When I was young I always saw my dad and grandpa thanking soldiers and used to thank them without understanding why. Now I know. They were the men who fought for us even when we couldn’t. My family is filled of men with this bravery, one of them being my grandfather. With this scholarship, I get to make him proud and go to Western Oregon University to become a nurse in the US Army. Thank you to all of our veterans for this opportunity.
Rionna Zeller, granddaughter of Larry Zeller, D Company, 1/11, 1967-1968
This scholarship awarded in honor of Ronald Scott, HHT, 2/11, KIA June 24, 1969