FOUR SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED BY CHAPTER 116
Veterans, the public, and citizens joined with Chapter 116 of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) for the presentation of the 2012 Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarships. The ceremony was held at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 10, at the Vietnam Memorial at Carter Park in Leominster. Mrs. Helen Hill, Gold Star Mother, and Dan Joseph, Scholarship Chairman, presented scholarships to the sons and daughters of Vietnam veteran and one student from Leominster High School. All are attending college. Following the short program, there was refreshments at the Leominster Veteran Center, 100 West Street.
Dan Joseph, Scholarship Committee chairman and Treasurer of Chapter 116, Vietnam Veterans of America, said that the VVA, has for the last 29 years, presented more that $115,000 for higher education to sons and daughters of VVA members. This successful annual project is the longest running project for VVA Chapter 116.
2012 Recipients are:
- Olivia Bennett, the 2012 Legacy Award winner from Leominster High School. She will be attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute majoring in Biomedical Engineering.
- Sean Toohey will continue his studies at Elms College, Chicopee, MA, majoring in History.
- Jessica Simmons is a student at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, MA majoring in Human Services.
- Mary Kate Simmons will be entering her senior year at Fitchburg State University majoring in Special Education.
The Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarship is awarded annually to recognize, encourage, and contribute to the higher education of qualified Chapter 116 members children. The Scholarship is presented to honor members of VVA who have devoted their energies in effecting positive change on behalf of all Americans. Many Vietnam Veterans were unable to attend college because of circumstances and the very weak nature of the GI Bill available to veterans after their service. Also, as a tribute to their continued service and to those who have lost their lives, this Scholarship program is in keeping with the spirit of VVA’s motto: “IN SERVICE TO AMERICA.”
VVA’s ambitious agenda has always aimed to find creative, pragmatic solutions to the programmatic concerns of Vietnam-era veterans, their families, and the community.
For more information visit our web site: http://firebase116.org, or contact Richard Earley, President VVA Chapter 116 at: [email protected]