Meet Our 2019 Scholarship Winners

Brief statements from 45 of our 2019 Scholarship Winners.

Madison England

My name is Madison England. I am from a small town, Sharon, Kansas located in the south central part of the state. My parents are Jeff and Tonya England and I have 2 sisters. My oldest sister Emily, is a radiology technician at Wesley and my other sister Kendra is working on her dental hygiene degree at Wichita State University. I attended Medicine Lodge High School. While at MLHS I was involved in various clubs such as The Turner Foundation, AFS, Youth for Christ, and Pep Club. I was a member of STUCO for 4 years and Secretary my Senior year and M-Club for 3 years and President my Senior year. I also served as the Senior Class Vice-President. I participated in volleyball, basketball, and softball for four years and we made a trip to the state softball two of those years. I was co-valedictorian of my senior class. 

Last summer I decided to shadow the Physical Therapist at our local hospital and decided I would like to work towards my Physical Therapy Assistant degree and then possibly towards becoming a Physical Therapist. I really enjoyed the wide range of patients we saw. The kids were probably my favorite patients. It was nice to see we were actually helping people making progress in recovery from accidents and illnesses. I also got to observe sports related injuries and I think this is the area I am really interested in.

I have chosen to attend Labette Community College in Parsons, Kansas. I plan on playing softball for the Cardinals while I am there. With the college classes I have taken in high school I will have one more semester of general education classes and can apply for the program in the Spring. This scholarship will help me pay for my college expenses while at Labette and I am very appreciative to receive such a generous scholarship. I will continue to use this money and work hard to receive my Physical Therapy Assistant degree. Thank you.  

Madison England is the granddaughter of Billy England, HHT Regt., 70-71.

Recipient of the 2019 Col. Charles Schmidt Leadership award.

   

   

Abigail Exley

I am so thankful to have been selected to receive an 11th Armored Cavalry's Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia scholarship award. I plan to use the scholarship to pay for my higher education  to help pursue my dream of working in sustainability and disaster relief. This scholarship means the world to me because my grandfather is an 11th  Armored Cavalry Vietnam veteran, and I want to recognize his courage every chance that I get. Getting to carry the honor of one of the fallen troopers who lost their life in the Vietnam War is an incredible gift that I will never take for granted, and one that truly puts everything into perspective.

Thanks again,

Abigail Exley is the granddaughter of Douglas Hall, HHT, 1/11, 68-69.

KIA dedication in honor of: Bobby Lee Smith, E Troop, 2/11, (KIA 9/24/67).

      Molly Landis

Receiving a scholarship from the 11th Armored Cavalry's Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia is a special honor to me. My grandfather served in this regiment during the Vietnam War, and he is very special to me. He has taught me to honor and respect our country and our veterans, so I am honored that I was selected to receive this scholarship from veterans like him. This scholarship will help me pay for my studies at West Virginia University where I will be pursuing a degree in nursing in the fall. As I have many family members and friends who are veterans of our military, I am extremely grateful to these men and woman who have fought to preserve my freedom. Thank you for this extraordinary gift.

Molly Landis is the granddaughter of Alan B. Cox, F Troop, 69-70.

KIA dedication in honor of: Charles Clifford Harding, How Btry, 1/11,(KIA 2/9/67).

     Jacqueline Hall

Being awarded an 11th ACVVC scholarship is incredibly humbling. I am forever indebted to the servicemen of the 11th ACVVC for their service to our country, and I hope to represent them well in the future. As a Business Honors major at Texas A&M University, this scholarship will allow me to pursue a unique degree that will enable me to evoke positive change in the world. I cannot thank the 11th ACVVC and my grandfather, William Maxwell Barner III, for their service, help, and support as I begin this new chapter.

Thank you,

Jacqueline Hall, granddaughter of William Maxwell Barner III, How Btry, 2/11, 67-68.

KIA dedication in honor of: Edgar Lee Tomlinson, HHT, 3/11, (KIA 9/12/68).

Charles Landon Mitchell

The competitive engineering program I plan to pursue will be demanding, requiring me to have a healthy balance of work and school in order to successfully complete my degree. This scholarship will allow me the flexibility to work fewer hours at my job so I can stay focused on my school work.

Charles Landon Mitchell, grandson of Jerry Mitchell, I Troop, 3/11, 67-68.

KIA dedication in honor of: Robert Dawson Rother, C Troop, 1/11, (KIA 8/23/70).

Madelyn Arzie

I am so grateful for the opportunity that the 11th ACVVC gave myself and so many others with this scholarship, and I feel blessed to have been chosen as a recipient. The first thing I did upon hearing that I was awarded this scholarship was tell my grandpa, who was thrilled for me. It is because of him that I had this opportunity and it is because of him and so many other brave men and women that I have the opportunity to further my education. This fall I will be attending Oregon State University, where I will study Psychology and Spanish and then continue on to law school. Thank you 11th ACVVC for investing into the futures of so many deserving young adults, and thank you for choosing me to receive this scholarship.

Madelyn Arzie, granddaughter of Daniel Rubin K Troop, 3/11, 67-68

KIA dedication in honor of: Wallace James Malone , 541st MID, (KIA 11/21/66).

Luke Patterson

It is my honor to receive the 11th Armored Calvary's Veterans scholarship representing my grandfather's service to our country in Vietnam. He has instilled in me the value of service to others which I carried with me throughout my scouting journey to the Eagle rank. This scholarship will ease the financial burden of college so that I can concentrate more on my studies. I greatly appreciate being chosen as a recipient.

Once again, thank you very much!

Luke Patterson, grandson of William Fries Jr., HHT, 1/11, 68-69.

KIA dedication in honor of: John Floyd Cochrane, 409th RRU, (KIA 10/24/66).

Jackson Russell

Growing up I have always been proud to say that my grandfather, W Arthur Russell, served our country as part of the 11th ACVVC.  Being awarded this scholarship is just one more way that I can recognize everything he has done for me.

Thank you so much.

Sincerely, 

Jackson Russell, grandson of W. Arthur Russell, G Troop, 2/11, 67-68.

KIA dedication in honor of: Rodney James Yano, Air Cav Troop, (KIA 1/1/69).

Lauren Smith

I am so honored to have been selected as a recipient of the 11th ACVVC Scholarship. This scholarship is special to me because it allows me to honor  my grandfather for what he did for our country many years ago. I cannot thank him enough for his courage and dedication that he had during those tough times. I am so blessed to have received this scholarship because it will help me to pursue my degree of a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. Thank you for this incredible opportunity. 

Lauren Smith granddaughter of John Smith, How Btry, 1/11, 67-68.

KIA dedication in honor of: Alejandro Garcia Jr., E Troop, 2/11, (KIA 12/29/66).

Jordan Straub

Being awarded an 11th Armored Cavalry's Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia scholarship is a great honor and means the world to my family and I. This scholarship will help me to achieve my goals and help me to make the future a better place. Receiving this award from such a distinguished group of people who have already done so much to make the world a better place fills me with even more pride. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

Jordan Straub, granddaughter of Delbert Straub, HHT, 2/11, 68-69.

KIA dedication in honor of: Larry Earl Smith, HHT, 1/11, (KIA 2/2/67).

      Zoey White

I am majoring in Animal Science and Agribusiness at Ferrum College.  I am honored to be a recipient of the ACVVC scholarship.  My grandfather enlisted during the Vietnam War and, without him and all of our other military, I would not be where I am today.  I have the ability to go to college and enjoy my freedoms because of the veterans who risk their lives daily.  This scholarship gives me the ability to further my education in agriculture with hopes of one day playing a part in feeding the country.  I am thankful to have this opportunity.

 

Zoey White, granddaughter of Bobby White, H Co., 2/11, 66-67.

KIA dedication in honor of:  Robert M. Press Jr., K Troop, 3/11, (KIA 10/31/68).

   

Erin Bradley

I am so honored to receive this scholarship in memory of Jack Allen Garnes. This scholarship is getting me one step closer to reaching my goal. Since the 11th Armored Cavalry Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia are able to help me financially attend college I will in turn be able to help others by achieving my goal to one day be an advocate and help those who are stuck in modern day slavery and sex trafficking. Thank you so much for investing in my potential and future. 

Erin Bradley granddaughter of John Longhouser, K Troop, 67-68.

KIA dedication in honor of: Jack Allen Garnes, Air Cav Troop, (KIA 10/30/71).  

      Andrew Vadnais

      This scholarship means everything to me. I am honored to have received this scholarship from the brave soldiers that have fought for our country. I am deeply humbled and grateful to the veterans for awarding me with this scholarship. I cannot express my gratitude and thankfulness enough. 

Andrew Vadnais, grandson of Patrick Vadnais, HHT 2/11, 66-67.

KIA dedication in honor of: Lawrence Lee Petersen, K Troop, 3/11, (KIA 06/26/70).

 

Keeley Marschall

I am so incredibly honored to have received the 11th ACVVC scholarship. I am forever grateful for being a chosen recipient of the many applicants and will always remember the generosity that y’all have shown in helping to further my education. This scholarship means so much to my family and I because it honors my grandfather. I never got to meet him which makes me incredibly sad. This scholarship has done way more than just help me financially it gave me a part of my grandfather and in a way he is helping me through college. Thank you 11th ACVVC for giving me the opportunity to further my education in getting my Bachelor Degree in Nursing at Texas Tech University! I will forever remember this blessing that y’all have given me.

Keeley Marschall, granddaughter of Greg Stevenson, C Troop, 69-70.

KIA dedication in honor of: Lyle Glenn Aston, D Co., 1/11, (KIA 3/30/69).

Ariana Arce

Growing up I have always had the importance of education instilled in me. I have also been lucky enough to have a grandpa and a stepdad who served. They have taught me that courage knows no bounds and I like to think that I demonstrate that in my life. Thank you so much to the 11th ACVVC for this scholarship and their investment in the future of so many individuals. Receiving a scholarship in memory of an individual who fought for their country fills me with pride. I’m beyond excited to continue my educational career with the help of this organization and those who have served. 

Ariana Arce, granddaughter of Carlos Arce, HHT 2/11, 68-69.

 

KIA dedication in honor of: Daniel H. Chatfield , A Troop, 1/11, (KIA: 05/16/68).

Emma Shipley

I never knew my grandfather, Roger W. Shipley, but his loss and sacrifice hasn't been forgotten. According to my grandma, he was a young man full of love, laughter, and most importantly, a need to selflessly support anyone in distress in any way he could. The 11th Armored Cavalry Veterans' Scholarship is an award that allows my grandfather to continue serving and spreading joy like he did in life. I can't thank the ACVVC enough for keeping his memory and that of all our lost servicemen alive today.

Emma Shipley, granddaughter of Roger William Shipley, A Troop, 1/11, 67-68.

KIA dedication in honor of: Roger William Shipley, A Troop, 1/11 (KIA 06/06/68).

Victoria Vadnais

Receiving this scholarship from the 11th ACVVC means so much to me and my family. My grandfather is the person who gave me the chance to apply for this scholarship, and when we found out I was chosen as a recipient the look on his face was priceless! I respect everything that my grandfather has done for my family and I, especially how he loves his family so dearly and how he served his country honorably! As I continue my education, at the Taft Dental Hygiene program in California, this scholarship will allow me to gather the necessary dental instruments, text books, and housing in order to graduate from this program with flying colors making my grandfather proud. I will be the first Vadnais grandchild to graduate with a degree  and start a lifelong career which this scholarship will immensely help with! I would like to give much thanks to everyone who served in the 11th ACVVC, and to those whom currently work at making this scholarship possible for students like me across the United States. I will continue to cherish this scholarship, the people behind it, and what it stands for, for the rest of my life! Thank you for blessing me with this scholarship!

With much love & respect!

Victoria Vadnais, granddaughter of Patrick Vadnais, HHT 2/11, 66-67.

KIA dedication in honor of: Howard Warner Johnson Jr., HHT, 2/11, (KIA 08/30/67).

Mackenzie Morefield

Receiving this scholarship has been such an incredible honor for me. Not only will it be used to aid me in my efforts to complete my degree and attend medical school, relieving a huge burden, but it will allow me to remember and honor my grandfather, Carson Morefield, along with trooper Timothy Allen White and all of the others who both lost their lives and served their country through the 11th Calvary. I’m extremely grateful for each soldier, both in the past and today- for making the sacrifices they have made in order to allow us to live freely to have the opportunities to graduate schools and work towards our dreams. I’m also overwhelmingly thankful for each donor and veteran who allow this scholarship to be possible. Thank you so much for your contributions. I’ll be able to use it throughout my years in school to complete my degree and hope that this someday will allow me to impact lives just as you all have in your service.

Mackenzie Morefield, granddaughter of Carson Morefield, L Troop, 3/11, 68-69.

KIA dedication in honor of: Timothy Allen White, B Troop, 1/11, (KIA 07/28/70).

 

Lucas Sakole

I am absolutely thrilled and honored to have been selected as one of the winners for the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia Scholarship. This scholarship will help to alleviate some of the financial burden for my family. I am also deeply honored and proud that I am honoring an American hero, John A. Rickels, who fought and died so that I may have the opportunities presented to me today. If it weren’t for people like my Grandfather and John A. Rickels I wouldn’t have the opportunities and freedoms that I have today, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Lucas Sakole, grandson of Michael Sakole,  HHT 3/11, 66-67.

KIA dedication in honor of: John A. Rickels, B Troop, 1/11, (KIA 01/29/68).
Hannah Leigh Webb

I am so honored to receive the 11th Armored Cavalry Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia Scholarship. My Grandfather encouraged me to apply. He has always been a strong support for me. I am proud to have him in my life. He had just met my Grandmother when he got drafted. He said that one of the hardest things he had to do was leave for war after meeting the love of his life. But with prayers and love, he eventually came home. I am so sorry for the loss of so many lives, especially Patrick Michael Loisel for whom my scholarship was dedicated. So much life yet to live that was cut so short. I am so grateful my Grandfather returned- I would not be here today!  My Grandfather spoke in my history class, so many things I couldn't have imagined going through. I know his faith in God kept him alive. I plan to use this honorable scholarship to start my college journey to one day become a teacher. 


Hannah Leigh Webb, granddaughter of Paul R. Smith, C Trp, 1/11, 70-70.

KIA dedication in honor of: Patrick Michael Loisel, M Co., 3/11, (KIA 05/21/67).

Matthew Grabow

I am incredibly honored and sincerely grateful to be awarded with the 11th ACVVC scholarship. This award will help me immensely as I pursue my bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. I would like to thank each and every individual that has allowed for this scholarship to be available, as well as those who have sacrificed for our country. I would also like to thank those who have chosen to bestow me with this amazing award. Finally, I want to thank my grandfather, John Wright, for his contributions to our country and for introducing me to the opportunity to apply for this scholarship. Once again, thank you so much for this incredible award!

Matthew Grabow, grandson of John Wright, 37th Med., 67-68.

 

KIA dedication in honor of: Raymond Lewis Williams, HHT, 2/11, (KIA 04/09/70).

Cole Kaminski

I am very thankful to be given this scholarship. To me, it means opportunity and a chance to do something better with my life. It is up to me to pay for my education and by obtaining this scholarship, I have a better chance to not only get a degree but to actually focus on my classes. This relieves my stress on going to college because I will not have to constantly worry about how I am going to pay for the coming year and I can focus more on school work itself. My goal is to provide for those who provided for me and because of this scholarship, I will be able to hopefully finish my college education and obtain a career that will allow me to not only take care of myself and my future family, but also my parents and other family members. My grandfather, Larry Frailex served in the 11th Armored Cavalry and is one of the main reasons why I have been interested in the military and got to learn about it for so long. Thanks to him, I have gotten to learn a little bit about what it takes for all those who serve and I couldn’t be more fortunate to live in a country to have citizens like that to make those sacrifices. Thank you for selecting me as a recipient and thank you for all that you do for me and our country and God bless.

Cole Kaminski, grandson of Larry Frailex, K Troop, 69-70.

KIA dedication in honor of: Norman Howard Strength, I Troop, 3/11, (KIA 03/26/70).

Jenna K. Larkins

I am extremely joyous to be receiving this scholarship, which will certainly advance my education in the field of Zoology. This scholarship represents not just an aid to my education, but a fallen soldier who will not be forgotten. The hardships of my Grandfather are, in part, paying back in the long run due to this scholarship. Thank you so much for the great support of Vietnam veterans, fallen soldiers, and their families. 

Jenna K. Larkins, granddaughter of Mark LeVasseur, F Troop, 69-70.

KIA dedication in honor of: James Charles Daigle, H Co., 2/11, (KIA 05/14/70).

Donovan Kitten

This scholarship means a lot to me. My Grandfather was in the 11th ACVVC and I am honored to receive this scholarship. I am going into computer science at Lake Land Community College, then I will transfer to a university. Receiving a degree in Computer Science has always been my dream since I really enjoy programming and working with electronics, and this scholarship will help pay for the debt created. This scholarship will help me pay off student debt so I won't have as much to pay off in the future. 
Thank you so much for everything,

 Donovan Kitten, grandson of Jerry Van Matre, HHT Regt., 67-68.
 

KIA dedication in honor of: Roosevelt C. Curley, K Troop, 3/11, (KIA 07/21/67).

Disraeli Partridge

Thank you for this opportunity.  To me, this scholarship means that thanks to my grandfather and the rest of the 11th Armored Cavalry’s veterans, I get to receive the honor accepting this scholarship.  When I frame this scholarship, myself and others will remember the 11th Armored Cavalry’s veterans and Wayne Jackson Sander’s sacrifice.  Thank you for your service and this scholarship. 

Disraeli Partridge, granddaughter of Daniel Oberst, 27th Eng., 66-67.

KIA dedication in honor of: Wanye Jackson Sanders, C Troop, 1/11, (KIA 09/06/67).  

Nicholas Aguirre

I am truly grateful to be receiving this scholarship to pursue my education at The Ohio State University.  Being awarded a scholarship from this organization means a lot to me because my grandfather risked his life serving in the Vietnam War and even missed the birth of his firstborn daughter, my mother.  I am blessed that my grandfather made it home safely and that I get to spend time with him.  Many others lost their loved ones, including Peter Garland Thompson to whom my scholarship is dedicated.  I am proud to accept this honor and continue to be grateful for those like my grandfather and remember those who lost their lives.  Through my education, I plan to contribute wholeheartedly to our great nation.  Thank you all for your service.   

 

Nicholas Aguirre, grandson of Phillip Lau, HOW  BTRY, 1/11, 69-70.

KIA dedication in honor of:Peter Garland Thompson, 919th Engr Co., (KIA 10/19/68).  

McKynleigh Grace Harrell

My entire life, I have watched the honor in my Paw Paw’s eyes anytime he speaks of our great country, pledges to the flag, presents the colors at special events, sings the National Anthem and/or checks on one of his fellow platoon mates. He, like each 11th ACVVC veteran, is a direct reflection of the impact serving our country has on an individual. When he received his copy of the 11th ACVVC magazine earlier this year, he became excited when he saw the scholarship application. Due to his knowledge of this scholarship opportunity and his personal encouragement, I applied. Much to my delight, I was chosen as a 2019 recipient. I am humbled, honored and excited to have been chosen as a 2019 recipient of the 11th ACVVC Scholarship Award. My prayers are to make each of you proud of me and to never forget the impact the 11th ACVVC has had on my education. THANK YOU so very much! Your generosity is a blessing. May God richly bless each of you.

McKynleigh Grace Harrell, granddaughter of Harry Rich, Jr., HHT 1/11, 66-67.

KIA dedication in honor of: Charles H. Richards Jr., HOW  BTRY, 3/11, (KIA 07/15/67).  

Christian Overton

I really appreciate the offer you’ve given me with this scholarship. I won’t take it for granted, and it will get put to good use. I am grateful for the money you have given to me, as it will really go a long way towards tuition. I am also extremely grateful for the opportunity to represent my grandfather and other veterans like him in the 11th Armored Cavalry and their legacies. This scholarship gives me the perfect chance to do so. With a quality education and an opportunity to do some good for our economy and make a change in people’s lives, I’d like to make this country proud like my grandfather before me.

 

Christian Overton, grandson of Theodore Kujawa, G Troop, 2/11, 66-67.

KIA dedication in honor of: Robert William Jasura, B Troop, 1/11, (KIA 11/13/68).  

Christian Florek
 

I am honored to receive an 11th Armored Cavalry's Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia scholarship award.  I appreciate you and the Board selecting me for this prestigious award.

This award mean a lot to me because the sacrifices that our military makes, including my grandpa, can help toward the future of today's youth.  I have received my certificate honoring one of the troopers who lost his life.  I will proudly display this certificate with pride.

 I am pursuing a degree in Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. 

 

Christian Florek, grandson of Weldon Hinkle, Air Cav Trp., 66-67.

KIA dedication in honor of: Dennis Lee Pickard, G Troop, 2/11, (KIA 01/30/68).

 

 

Daniel Moreno

I am very thankful to have been selected to receive a scholarship from the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia. The 11th ACVVC scholarship holds a meaning of inspiration to me because my grandpa, Roberto "Bob" Moreno, a Vietnam veteran, has been one of my champions throughout my education and my life. Through my grandpa and my father, I have been able to achieve many accomplishments through school, Scouts BSA, and many other activities. One such accomplishment has been achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in Scouts BSA (formally Boy Scouts of America).  This scholarship will greatly assist me in pursing my dream of attending St. Cloud State University where I will be working towards obtaining an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. After I obtain a mechanical engineering degree, I hope to expand my horizons by working within the field and making a difference in the community around me. While there are many things driving me to further my education, nothing persuaded me more than knowing what a positive difference I could make in this world.  Thank you for this prestigious award that is helping me to achieve my future goals.

Daniel Moreno, grandson of Roberto "Bob" Moreno, G Troop, 2/11, 68-69.

KIA dedication in honor of: William Francis Rigdon, A Troop, 1/11 (KIA 07/06/69).

David Moreno

I am honored to have been selected as a recipient of the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia scholarship. The scholarship will help remove an immense amount of pressure to help pay for school and allow me to better focus and perform to the best of my abilities in my studies. I am excited that I am at the start of my college education with St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  I will be majoring in Mechanical Engineering and hope to be able to take part in a study abroad program. Receiving the scholarship award also serves as a reminder to me of everyone who is and has been in my corner, rooting for me, and pushing me to achieve my highest potential. I especially need to thank my grandfather, all the soldiers who have and continue to server in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, and all the soldiers who have sacrificed their lives to protect this country.  Thank you again for the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia Scholarship.

David Moreno, grandson of Roberto "Bob" Moreno, G Troop, 2/11, 68-69.

KIA dedication in honor of: Charles Cecil Case, 919th Engr, (KIA 05/12/69).

Dakota Gann

I’d like to say thank you for selecting me to receive this scholarship.

This scholarship, to me, means so much more than money. My grandfather served our country and to be honored by his unit gives me a great sense of pride. Thank you, 

Dakota Gann, grandson of Gary Gann, K Troop, 3/11, 68-69.

KIA dedication in honor of:Richard Charles Bachert, H Co., 2/11, (KIA 12/21/68).

Noah Maiuri

I am extremely grateful to receive The 11th Armored Cavalry Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia scholarship, dedicated in the memory of Billy Wayne Disheroon. This scholarship means so much to me and will certainly help me get through school. Thank you so much for what you guys have done and what you continue to do.

Noah Maiuri, grandson of John Maiuri, D Co., 1/11, 68-69.

KIA dedication in honor of: Billy Wayne Disheroon, E Troop, 2/11, (KIA 08/19/71).

Erika Bruna

I would like to express my gratitude for your financial support through this gracious scholarship. It is because of your generosity that I am able to focus more on my studies and worry less about the number of hours that I work during the week. Thank you again for all that you are doing to support the next generation of students.

 

Erika Bruna, granddaughter of Terry Kaul, HOW 2/11, 69-70.

KIA dedication in honor of: James David Green, B Troop, 1/11, (KIA 12/29/66).

Audrea Morrissey

I am honored to have received the 11thACVVC Scholarship in honor of my grandpa, Matthew William Morrissey.  He has always been an example of hard work, kindness and honor.  I am so grateful of everything he has done for me, including not only his service in the war, but the small things he does every day for our family. I want to thank him for directing me to this scholarship application.  This generous scholarship will help me pursue a degree in nursing.  Again, thank you to the 11thACVVC and all, for your service and dedication to our country.

Audrea Morrissey, granddaughter of Matthew Morrissey, HHT 2/11, 68-69.

KIA dedication in honor of: Thomas Allen Ceres, Air Cav Troop, (KIA 07/10/69).

McKenna Potter

I am thankful and honored  to be a recipient of the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia Scholarship. Perusing higher education has always been a strong value in my family. My dad, Captain James Potter, was able to achieve higher education through his hard work and dedication. He continued his college degree earning an MBA, and a DDS. By serving in the Army during the Vietnam War, he gained life skills and friendships that have lasted a lifetime. I grew up hearing stories about his platoon and clips of what others may have experienced. The success he achieved has provided me with a wealth of experiences I would have missed had life’s story been different. As for me, I want to learn as much about our world as I can. By the end of high school, I traveled to several countries in Europe, Asia, and North America. I became fluent in Spanish, Mandarin, and French. Throughout high school, I was a competitive fencer and ranked nationally. During my junior year of high school, I studied in Beijing, China, as well as completed a senior independent internship at a startup accelerator in Austin, Texas. Now, I am going on to pursue my own higher education. The generous 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia scholarship will help greatly towards my tuition at the University of Texas at Dallas, where I will be studying International Business. My dad framed my scholarship certificate and mounted it on a prominent wall of our home for everyone to see. He even made copies in case the original wears out. The scholarship I received is dedicated to the memory of Eddie Ray Eatmon. He was a proud member of the 11th Armored Cavalry, and although I never had the pleasure of meeting him, I aim to honor his legacy and that of the 11th Armored Cavalry through this scholarship by striving for success in my education and life. Thank you to all who donated to the fund and to members.

McKenna Potter, daughter of James Potter, K Troop, 3/11, 66-67.

KIA dedication in honor of: Eddie Ray Eatmon, F Troop, 2/11, (KIA 05/02/1970).

 

Julia Qualteri

I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the scholarship the 11th Armored  Cavalry Veterans has awarded me.  It is truly an honor to accept this award on behalf of all who served and in honor of Harold Lee Greever.  I appreciate your support and well-wishes for my college career. I am committed to honoring the service of all veterans and especially my Papa, James Qualteri.  I am truly grateful, not only to receive this special scholarship, but for the continued support you provide for your fellow veterans and their families. 

Julia Qualteri, granddaughter of James Qualteri, G Troop, 2/11, 69-70.

KIA dedication in honor of: Harold Lee Greever, A Troop, 1/11, (KIA 04/13/1969).

Autumn Soost

I’m sincerely honored to have been selected as a recipient of the 11th ACVVC Scholarship. Thank you for your kindness, which will help me and allow me to pursue my goals. This scholarship is very important to me, because my grandpa served in the Vietnam War.

Autumn Soost, granddaughter of Gary Newman HOW 3/11, 66-67.

KIA dedication in honor of: Ray Eldon Cooper, HHT Regt., (KIA 07/30/1968).

Joshua Van Gorder

This scholarship means more than any other award I have received in high school. To me The veterans of the Vietnam war are the greatest heroes our country has ever had. I am beyond honored to receive a scholarship that is recognized by so many men who gave our country so much. I feel truly blessed by God that I have this honor and I’m extremely proud to be involved with the amazing 11th Armored Cavalry’s veterans. 

Joshua Van Gorder, grandson of Gary Dann, C Troop,1/11, 69-70.

KIA dedication in honor of: Sherman Dalton Monk, I Troop, 3/11, (KIA 09/11/1969).

Zachary Kopacz

I am incredibly grateful for the scholarship that the 11th ACVVC was so generous to award me. It is not only the award, but the significance behind it that makes being a recipient such an honor. There is nearly nothing more meaningful than being recognized by a group of people that has sacrificed so much for our nation. This award will surely help me as I go on to study Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in preparation for a career in the medical field. Lastly, I would like to thank my grandfather, and all the members of the 11th ACVVC for your service to our nation. What you have done will not be forgotten. 

Zachary Kopacz, grandson of Duane Phettleplace, E Troop, 2/11, 68-69.

KIA dedication in honor of: Kenneth Eugene Aznoe, I Troop, 3/11, (KIA 04/22/1970).

Jennifer Lambdin


Thank you for the scholarship. I really appreciate it because it came just when I needed it most. I will be using it to pursue my goal of becoming a teacher. 

 

Jennifer Lambdin,daughter of Robert Lambdin, Air Cav Trp., 69-70.

KIA dedication in honor of: Joe Minor Thomas, HHT 2/11, (KIA 09/24/1967).

 

Olivia Long

I am extremely thankful to receive an 11th Armored Calvary’s Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia Scholarship Award. I am honored for this opportunity to continue my education. I attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania majoring in Early Childhood/Special Education. My grandfather has always been one of my biggest supporters, every day I push myself to make him proud. Thank you Pap, and thank you to the 11th ACVVC.


Olivia Long, granddaughter of Franklin Glass, F troop, 2/11, 67-69.

KIA dedication in honor of: Albert Simon Robalin Jr., F Troop, 2/11, (KIA 12/28/1971).

 

Hailey Rosendahl

I’m so grateful to have been chosen to receive this scholarship. I think that getting an education is one of the most important things anyone can do. The added ability to pay for school, with scholarships like these, is completely life changing. As I move on to bigger and better things, I will be incredibly grateful for the opportunities that are available to me because of higher education, and in turn, because of the contributions of amazing people like you. I am so honored to be able to learn and grow as a person, with your help!

Hailey Rosendahl, granddaughter of Myron Rosendahl, HHT 3/11, 66-67.

KIA dedication in honor of: Kenneth Dean Bailey, Air Cav Troop, (KIA 03/22/1969).

 

Ethan Eckardt

Being a scholarship recipient from the 11th Armored Cavalry's Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia is a great honor. This scholarship will allow me to pursue my interests in studying at my dream school, Northeastern University. My grandfather has been an extremely strong influence in my life and receiving a scholarship that serves gratitude to the servicemen he stood beside is one of the most special honors I have ever received. I would like to sincerely thank the 11th ACVVC for sponsoring this scholarship that helps young adults such as myself pursue further education to change the world around themselves. I would also like to thank Charles Crockett Matthews for his sacrifice and service for our country. Thank you again and God bless.

Ethan Eckardt, grandson of Geoffrey King, 919th Eng., 69-70

KIA dedication in honor of: Charles Crockett Matthews, D Co., 1/11, (KIA 08/13/1969).

Austin D. Bruns

I would like to thank everyone who had anything to do with creating, contributing, &/or making this academic scholarship possible for myself & all of the other very-deserving students in our great nation. This is such a financially tough time in all of our lives & having organizations like this one to help support us & further our education is such an unforgettable blessing & generous gesture.

Receiving a 11ACVVC scholarship really does mean so much to me because not only does receiving this represent the hard work that I have put in over my past 4 years in high school, but it also gives me a chance to honor my grandfather, Daniel W. Bridgeford who served in the Vietnam War was as a part of the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment.

Thank you again for this honor.

Austin D. Bruns, grandson of Daniel W. Bridgeford, HHT Regt., 66-67.

KIA dedication in honor of: Clifton Pearce Moak, C Troop, 1/11, (KIA 05/23/1968).

 

Emily Fleckenstein

My grandfather, John Stanley, is a Vietnam Veteran who served with the 11th Armored Cavalry, and I am extremely honored to have been chosen to receive the 11th Armored Cavalry's Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia scholarship award. Being awarded this the scholarship not only allows me to celebrate and recognize my academic accomplishments that I have worked so hard for, but more importantly it recognizes and pays tribute to my grandpa’s service during the Vietnam war. This is an incredible gift that I will not soon forget, and one I plan on using this once I am accepted into the Nursing program at Fort Hays State University. Thank you for this award and honoring my grandpa’s service.

Emily Fleckenstein, granddaughter of John Stanley, 409th RRD.

KIA dedication in honor of: Arthur Emmitt Likens, F Troop, 2/11, (KIA 02/29/1972).