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Scholarship News

On June 28th, 2018, The Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors notified all of this year’s recipient, and sent checks in the amount of $1000.00, each, to the universities they specified. This year, we awarded scholarships to eight recipients. Every one of this year’s recipients demonstrated excellent community service and academic ability. All were on various honor rolls and all demonstrated exceptional leadership ability. Again, we had more funded grants than applicants, so we were able to serve all deserving applicants. As we had more funded grants than applicants, outstanding applicants received two grants, a prestigous honor indeed. Applicants who did not receive grants this year are encouraged to apply next year. We provided some guidance to these candidates for improving their submissions, both to our Foundation as well as to other agencies providing scholarship grants.

Our judges this year were Scholarship Foundation Trustees Jeff Danby, James Reeves, Justin Valle, and Lynn Ball. Sadly, Trustee Earl Killen passed away this previous June. He is greatly missed, and we appreciate all he did for our organization. Thankfully, Richard Faulkner has agreed to take his place on our Board of Directors. We thank our Trustees for their hard and faithful work.

The awards given this year are listed below, followed by a brief profile on the candidate who received the award. The recipients of these awards are also highlighted on Past Recipients page on this website.

“Scholarship Foundation Memorial Award in Honor and Memory of MG Maurice Kendall” funded by The Family of MG Kendall

Haley Blanchard

Haley R. Blanchard, of Lilburn, Georgia, was sponsored by her maternal grandfather, Korea War Veteran and Medal of Honor nominee Bob Barfield. Haley’s essay entitled “Honor” describes honor as a distinguishing characteristic in today’s society, due to its rarity. She then goes on to describe the actions of her grandfather, and how she believes he epitomizes honor. Haley’s essay, in addition to her many hours of community service and her many academic honors made her an outstanding candidate for this award. Haley will use this award to further her education at the University of Georgia this Fall.

“Award in Honor of Trustee Emeritus Thomas Maines”

Sedonna Bulle

Sedona Bulle of Seligman, Arizona, received the “Award in Honor of Trustee Emeritus Thomas Maines.” Sedona was sponsored by her father, Shawn Marshall Bulle. Her essay “The Importance of Accountability” describes accountability as a vital part of everyday life. She writes, “Whether we make sure we have our keys and wallet or that we show up in time for a job interview, our responsibilities play an important role in maintaining our lives.” She goes on to explain how accountability is vital in life, but especially in the military. Sedona currently attends the Northern Arizona University, where she is an Air Force ROTC candidate studying Psychology. She intends to commission as an officer in the Air Force upon graduation.

“Thomas W. Mason, Old China Hand” Award

Stephanie Nussio

Stephanie Nussio of Woodbridge, Virginia, was sponsored by her father, LTC Ricky Nussio. Her essay, “Capturing 3rd Infantry Division History in Miniature”” walks us through Division history from WWI through the conflicts in Iraq and the Middle East. Stephanie is currently attending Christendom College as did her two sisters before her.

“LTG William G. Webster and the Men and Women of the 3rd Infantry Division” Award

Haley Blanchard

Danielle Edwards of Box Springs, Georgia, was sponsored by her father, Dominick L. Edwards. Her essay, “Fighting Across the Aisles, Let’s Reach,” tells of her trip to Washington D.C. during the Women’s March following the election of President Donald Trump. She explains that, what was meant to be a memorable, historical trip was marred by the anger and hatred shown to the newly elected president. Danielle will be attending The University of North Georgia this year.

“Award Honoring Kimberly Shawn Grugin Webster, former First Lady of the 3rd Infantry Division”

Lauren Harrington

Lauren Harrington from Middletown, Maryland was sponsored by Society member, Jason W. Harrington. Her essay “SFC Paul R. Smith” describes Smith's heroic actions that led to him being awarded the Medal of Honor. It is an excellent account. Smith was the only soldier from the 3rd Infantry Division to be awarded the Medal of Honor during the Iraq War. Lauren will be attending the University of Maryland – College Park this year.

“Scholarship Foundation Memorial Award”

Emily Kolasheski

Emily Kolasheski of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina was sponsored by her father, John S. Kolasheski. Her essay, “Patriotism and Service to the Nation,” is excellent and personal. She writes, “Growing up, I have been surrounded by some of the bravest people in the world, who selflessly serve and defend our country. It has been inspiring and has driven my passion for service to others.” She will be attending Texas A&M University this year, where she plans to study Kinesiology and Motor Behavior.

“Award in Honor and Memory of Abraham ‘Abe’ Friedman”

Gillian MacNeil

Gillian MacNeil of Dexter, New York was sponsored by her father, SFC Gerald W. MacNeil. Her essay “Through Thick and Thin” describes loyalty as “an attribute that defines many successful people.” She writes, “Some people are defined by an absence of loyalty. Throughout life, one may face challenges in areas in which he or she is dedicated, but dedication must never dissipate. Loyalty comes in various forms, but each is just as important as the others.” Gillian will be attending Saint Bonaventure University this Fall.

Scholarship Foundation Award Honoring the Active Duty Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division

Sierra Wright

Sierra Wright of Pasco, Washington was sponsored by her great-grandfather, Dale McGraw. Her essay, “Land of the Free” talks about the rights and freedoms given to all Americans and what the country expects in return. She says we should show our patriotism and recognize the principles our country was established upon. Sierra will be attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa later this year.

“Michelle and T.A. Smith Award honoring the 184th Infantry [4th BCT, 3rd ID] OIF 2005-2006, A Valorous Unit”

Lauren Harrington from Middletown, Maryland was sponsored by Society member, Jason W. Harrington. Her essay “SFC Paul R. Smith” describes Smith's heroic actions that led to him being awarded the Medal of Honor. It is an excellent account. Smith was the only soldier from the 3rd Infantry Division to be awarded the Medal of Honor during the Iraq War. Lauren will be attending the University of Maryland – College Park this year.

“Joe Ball Award Honoring Lynn D. Ball, Chairman, Scholarship Foundation.”

Gillian MacNeil of Dexter, New York was sponsored by her father, SFC Gerald W. MacNeil. Her essay “Through Thick and Thin” describes loyalty as “an attribute that defines many successful people.” She writes, “Some people are defined by an absence of loyalty. Throughout life, one may face challenges in areas in which he or she is dedicated, but dedication must never dissipate. Loyalty comes in various forms, but each is just as important as the others.” Gillian will be attending Saint Bonaventure University this Fall.

“Bae Suk and Miyong Lee Award in Honor and Memory of 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers’ Meritorious Services in the Evacuation of Military and Civilian Refugees from Hungnam, North Korea, December 1950.”

Haley R. Blanchard, of Lilburn, Georgia, was sponsored by her maternal grandfather, Korea War Veteran and Medal of Honor nominee Bob Barfield. Haley’s essay entitled “Honor” describes honor as a distinguishing characteristic in today’s society, due to its rarity. She then goes on to describe the actions of her grandfather, and how she believes he epitomizes honor. Haley’s essay, in addition to her many hours of community service and her many academic honors made her an outstanding candidate for this award. Haley will use this award to further her education at the University of Georgia this Fall.

“Award honoring Sherman Pratt” funded by Tom Maines.

Danielle Edwards of Box Springs, Georgia, was sponsored by her father, Dominick L. Edwards. Her essay, “Fighting Across the Aisles, Let’s Reach,” tells of her trip to Washington D.C. during the Women’s March following the election of President Donald Trump. She explains that, what was meant to be a memorable, historical trip was marred by the anger and hatred shown to the newly elected president. Danielle will be attending The University of North Georgia this year.

“Tom Maines Award Honoring Rick Rickenbacher”

Stephanie Nussio of Woodbridge, Virginia, was sponsored by her father, LTC Ricky Nussio. Her essay, “Capturing 3rd Infantry Division History in Miniature”” walks us through Division history from WWI through the conflicts in Iraq and the Middle East. Stephanie is currently attending Christendom College as did her two sisters before her.

Our directors are already planning the 2019 Scholarship Grants Program. We are currently accepting donations in support of next year's program. We send tax-certification letters, by return mail, to those who donate directly to the Foundation. Members sending donations to the Foundation through the Society may experience a slightly longer wait time before recieving a tax-certification letter.


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