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22 August 2010 Army Scholarship Foundation Announces Scholarship Awards for 2010-2011 Academic Year
9 August 2010 Modern Technology Solutions, Incorporated Funds Honorary Scholarship
23 July 2010 LTG Jay Garner Joins Honorary Advisory Committee
3 March 2010 Building at Fort Gordon, Georgia Named in Memory of Army Scholarship Foundation Honoree
1 February 2010 Book,  The Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Bliss, Texas  to Benefit the Army Scholarship Foundation
10 October 2009 Army Scholarship Foundation Recognizes KBR for Its Outstanding Support of Army Families
10 September 2009 Metropolitan Owners Club of North America Members Establish Sergeant James J. Holtom Memorial Scholarship with the Army Scholarship Foundation.
20 August 2009 Army Scholarship Foundation Announces Scholarship Awards for 2009-2010 Academic Year
5 July 2009 Friends and Family Establish the Sergeant Andrew Edmund Topham Memorial Scholarship with the Army Scholarship Foundation.
12 April 2009 Army Scholarship Foundation, BAE Systems Establish Honorary Scholarship to Support Army Families
25 February 2009 Lenders One Corporation Establishes Private First Class Christopher R. Klassen Memorial Scholarship with the Army Scholarship Foundation
15 August 2008 Army Scholarship Foundation Announces Scholarship Awards for 2008-2009 Academic Year
12 July 2008 Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito Joins Honorary Advisory Committee
6 June 2008 Congressman John Shimkus Joins Honorary Advisory Committee
11 June 2008 KBR Establishes Honorary Scholarship to Support Army Families
1 May 2008 General Larry R. Ellis Joins Honorary Advisory Committee
4 April 2008 Army Scholarship Foundation, Hamilton Sundstrand Establish Honorary Scholarship to Support Army Families
1 August 2007 Army Scholarship Foundation Announces Scholarship Awards for 2007-2008 Academic Year
30 November 2006 Congressman Tom Davis Joins Honorary Advisory Committee
2 October 2006 General Johnnie E. Wilson Joins Honorary Advisory Committee
15 September 2006 Army Scholarship Foundation Announces Scholarship Awards for 2006-2007 Academic Year
19 June 2006 Colonel Mike Gonzales Joins Foundation Board of Directors
7 June 2006 Congressman Silvestre Reyes Joins Honorary Advisory Committee
1 May 2006 Army Scholarship Foundation Achieves Final Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Designation as a Public Charity
24 April 2006 CPT Jennifer Shafer Odom Memorial Scholarship Awarded


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Army Scholarship Foundation Announces Scholarship Awards for 2010-2011 Academic Year

The Army Scholarship Foundation announced today the award of eights scholarships to children of United States Army soldiers and veterans and to spouses of active duty enlisted soldiers. Scholarships for the upcoming 2010-2011 academic year were awarded to deserving Army family members as follows:

Zidisha Dambuza, head and shoulders

The Captain Jennifer Schafer Odom Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Ms. Zidisha Dambuza of Grovetown, Georgia, who is attending the University of Georgia. She is the daughter of Master Sergeant Mumbuutuoo Dambuza, U.S. Army retired.

Jennifer Shafer Odom grew up on a dairy farm in Knoxville, Maryland. After graduating first in her class at Brunswick High School, she entered the U.S. Military Academy and graduated as a member of the Class of 1992. She became an Army aviator and served tours of duty in both the United States and Europe, where she supported both the Kurdish refugee and Bosnia missions. While serving with the 204th Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Bliss, Texas in 1999, her aircraft was reported missing while flying intelligence and counter drug missions over Columbia, South America. She and her crew were lost.


Trent Brock, head and shoulders

The Lieutenant Scott Love Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Mr. Trent Brock of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, who is a sophomore at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. His father is Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Brock who is assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at Ft Campbell. Trent is majoring in broadcasting and performance arts.

First Lieutenant Scott Love was killed in action in 2006 while serving in Iraq. Scott Love was an " Army brat" who was born at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and graduated from high school in Huntsville, Alabama. He graduated from Florida State University in 1996 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1999 as a military intelligence specialist. In 2003, he attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning and was subsequently assigned as a platoon leader with 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry stationed at Baumholder, Germany. His unit deployed to Kuwait in November 2005, with Scott's platoon assigned as part of Task Force 1-35 Armor. He was killed at Ar Ramadi, Iraq.


India Graden, head and shoulders

The Sergeant James J. Holtom Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Ms. India Graden of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her mother served as a corporal at Fort Carson. India was valedictorian at Seventy-First High School in Fayetteville, and is a sophomore at Howard University in Washington, DC, majoring in Nursing.

Sergeant James J. Holtom of Rexburg, Idaho served in the Idaho National Guard. He was assigned to Company A of the 321st Engineer Battalion when he was killed in action in Iraq in February 2007. The son of David and Reyne Holtom, Sergeant Holtom was also the elder brother of Ben, Lee, Jacob, Calvin, John, Anna and Laura Beth Holtom. Sergeant Holtom joined the Army in 2003, and deployed to Iraq in September 2006.


Ashley Wright, head and shoulders

The Sergeant Andrew Topham Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Ms. Ashley Wright of El Paso, Texas. Ashley is a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso studying criminal justice and military science and is a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps. Her mother is a single parent who served as a specialist in the Army.

Sergeant Andrew Topham grew up in Randolph, Massachusetts near Boston. He was a highly decorated soldier, awarded the Bronze Star for service in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. In addition he earned the Army Commendation Medal, Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Ribbon.


Nichole Wilson, head and shoulders

The KBR Honorary Scholarship was awarded to Mrs. Nichole Wilson of Traverse City, Michigan. She is the wife of Specialist Mathew Wilson who is assigned to Delta Company, 125th Infantry and is an Iraq veteran. She is a senior at Baker College of Cadillac, Michigan, majoring in nursing.

KBR is headquartered in Houston, Texas. KBR is a leading global engineering, construction, and services company supporting the government services, energy, petrochemicals, and civil infrastructure sectors. The company employs over 50,000 people worldwide in locations that include Australia, Africa, the UK, Asia, and the Middle East. KBR has built a proud history and a leading market position in the government infrastructure (G& I) sector by being a low-cost, high-efficiency, and absolutely reliable provider. Not only is KBR the largest contractor for the United States Army and a top-ten contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense, it is currently the world's largest defense services provider.


Valene Bummara, head and shoulders

The Hamilton Sundstrand Honorary Scholarship was awarded to Ms. Valene Bummara of Spring, Texas. Ms Bummara is a senior at Texas State University in San Marcos majoring in sociology. Her father retired with disability at Ft Lewis, Washington.

Hamilton Sundstrand, a United Technologies Corporation, employs over 18,000 people worldwide and is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Among the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs, manufactures, and services aerospace systems and provides integrated systems solutions for commercial, regional, corporate, and military aircraft. It also is a major supplier for international space programs. Hamilton Sundstrand is a strong supporter of Army families and is proud to sponsor this annual scholarship for Army family members.


Megan Gill, head and shoulders

The BAE Systems Honorary Scholarship was awarded to Ms. Megan Gill of Sylacauga, Alabama. She is a freshman at Troy University majoring in pre-medical studies. Her father served as a sergeant at Fort Hood and was deployed to the Middle East.

BAE Systems is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. The company provides support and service solutions for current and future defense, intelligence, and civilian systems, and it designs, develops, and manufactures a wide range of electronic systems and subsystems for both military and commercial applications. BAE also designs, develops, produces, and provides service support of armored combat vehicles, artillery systems, and intelligent munitions.


Betty Johnson, head and shoulders

The MTSI Honorary Scholarship was awarded to Mrs. Betty Johnson of Grovetown, Georgia. She is the spouse of Staff Sergeant Lawrence Johnson, who is stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia. She is a sophomore at the Georgia Military Academy, majoring in behavioral sciences.

Modern Technology Solutions, Inc (MTSI) is a professional engineering services and technology company in Alexandria, Virginia. MTSI serves a variety of governmental and industry clients in aerospace, defense and security arenas. It was one of only three companies that received a Future 50s Hall of Fame Award from Smart CEO Magazine, and was recognized by the Association for Corporate Growth as top a top Emerging Growth Company in 2010.

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 by concerned Army veterans who desired to continue their service to the Nation and to support and assist families of Army soldiers. The Army Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to deserving sons and daughters of U.S. Army soldiers and Army veterans, as well as to spouses of serving active duty enlisted soldiers. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax deductible donations can be sent to the Army Scholarship Foundation, 11700 Preston Road, Suite 660-301, Dallas, Texas 75230.

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Modern Technology Solutions, Incorporated Funds Honorary Scholarship

The Army Scholarship Foundation announced today that MTSI of Alexandria, Virginia has funded an academic scholarship to support Army family members. This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving son or daughter of a soldier or spouse of an enlisted soldier. In presenting MTSI's generous donation to fund this award, Phillip L. Soucy, CEO of MTSI, affirmed MTSI employees' and the corporation's support for Army families, saying " We cannot thank our soldiers and their families enough for their sacrifices on behalf of our Nation."

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Phil Soucy, MTSI CEO, and Kara Smith, MTSI Corporate Giving Committee, present a check to ASF Chairman Jeff Gault.

MTSI is a small, dynamic, professional engineering services and technology company serving a variety of governmental and industry clients in aerospace, defense, and security arenas. It was one of only three companies that received a Future 50s Hall of Fame Award from Smart CEO Magazine, and was recognized by the Association for Corporate Growth as top a top Emerging Growth Company in 2010. MTSI combines big-company aerospace engineering capabilities with small company responsiveness and flexibility. MTSI takes pride in supporting the Army Scholarship Foundation as well as a number of other worthy causes, supporting the Nation while adding value and giving back to the community.

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 and provides scholarships to deserving sons and daughters of U.S. Army soldiers and Army veterans, as well as to spouses of serving active duty enlisted soldiers. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters, and tax deductible donations can be sent to the Army Scholarship Foundation, 11700 Preston Road, Suite 660-301, Dallas, Texas 75230.

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Lieutenant General Jay M. Garner Joins the Army Scholarship Foundation's Honorary Advisory Committee

LTG Jay Garner, head and shoulders

Lieutenant General Jay M. Garner, U.S. Army (Retired), has joined the Army Scholarship Foundation as a member of the Foundation's Honorary Advisory Committee.

General Garner was born in Florida and was commissioned in the U.S. Army upon graduation from Florida State University in 1962. He served two tours in Vietnam, and commanded an air defense battalion and a brigade in Germany. He also served as the Deputy Commanding General at Fort Bliss. While assigned as the Deputy V Corps Commander in Germany, he was deployed to northern Iraq following Operation Desert Storm to lead efforts to secure Kurdish areas. He later commanded the Army Space and Strategic Defense Command, and concluded his active service as the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, retiring as a Lieutenant General in 1997.

Following his Army service he became president of SYColeman Corporation. In 2003 he was selected by the Secretary of Defense to lead post-war reconstruction efforts in Iraq. In this role he oversaw development and implementation of plans to assist the Iraqis in establishing their governance and reconstructing the country. Following his government service in Iraq, he again returned to service with industry.

General Garner is one of the Army's and our nation's most distinguished leaders. With over 50 years' service to the Army and Army families, General Garner is keenly aware and of the challenges faced by Army families today and is uniquely qualified to provide advice and support to the Army Scholarship Foundation's leaders and volunteers.

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 to provide scholarships to spouses of enlisted U.S. Army solders and to deserving sons and daughters of soldiers and Army veterans. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax Free donations may be sent to the Army Scholarship Foundation, 11700 Preston Road, Suite 660-301, Dallas, TX 75230.

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Building at Fort Gordon, Georgia Named in Memory of Army Scholarship Foundation Honoree

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On February 22, officials at Fort Gordon, Georgia dedicated the Topham Training Center in memory of Sergeant Andrew Topham. The building, located at 10th Street and Chamberlain Avenue on Fort Gordon, was dedicated by Colonel David Dodd, Forces Command Deputy Chief of Staff/G-6 and Sergeant Topham's mother, Laura Topham.

In 2009, friends and family of SGT Topham pledged to endow a perpetual scholarship for Army families in Andy's memory. As a result, beginning in 2010, the Army Scholarship will award the Sergeant Andrew Topham Memorial Scholarship to a deserving Army family member.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Dodd said, " This is the most important thing I will do this year." The center will be an East Coast Regional IT Training Facility.

Dodd first met SGT Topham while Dodd was commander of the 86th Signal Battalion. Topham was a specialist at the time, but he was a vital force in setting up communications networks in Middle East in the days following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Topham was deployed in November 2001 with Task Force 86 to Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. He set up networks in areas previously uninhabited by U.S. forces. The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan, which had sat vacant since 1979, was one of the places he installed communication systems. He assisted the British with communications. He set up a communications network at Bagram Air Base, and was instrumental in training other noncommissioned officers at the facility. Topham was also a lead trainer for soldiers at the V Corps Rear at Camp Anaconda and the Third Army.

Topham returned to the U.S. and became an Advanced Individual Training instructor at Fort Gordon. He later became a Department of the Army civilian employed with the 93rd Signal Brigade, now the 35th Signal Brigade, and then with CECOM Information Technology Field Service Branch.

Andy died at the age of 27 in December 2006.

Other supporters and friends of the Topham family wishing to contribute to Andy's scholarship fund with a tax deductible donation may do so by contacting the Army Scholarship Foundation. Additional information about the Sergeant Andrew Edward Topham Memorial Scholarship is available on the Army Scholarship Foundation web site.

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 to provide scholarships to deserving sons and daughters of U.S. Army soldiers and Army veterans, and to spouses of enlisted active duty soldiers. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax deductible contributions can be sent to the Foundation at 6412 Brandon Avenue, Springfield, Virginia 22150 or can be made on line.

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Book,  The Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Bliss, Texas  to Benefit the Army Scholarship Foundation

Book cover with image of cavalry horse and rider

The Army Scholarship Foundation Press announces publication of The Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Bliss, Texas, authored by U.S. Army veteran Jeff Gault. The book chronicles the storied history of the famous Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalry and the 24th and 25th U.S. Infantry regiments during their service on the frontier and into the 20th Century, focusing on their service at Fort Bliss, and El Paso, Texas. It has been ten years since the dedication of the Buffalo Soldier Monument at Fort Bliss, and the book also tells the story behind the construction of the monument and describes the efforts of a small group of selfless and dedicated volunteers of the Buffalo Soldier Memorial Association who made this monument a reality.

Life on the frontier was hard for the Buffalo Soldiers, and the living conditions at Fort Bliss and the many other posts were austere. The soldiers generally constructed and maintained their own barracks, which had dirt floors and sod or thatched roofs. The soldiers cared for their horses and mules, repaired their own clothing, gear and equipment, and were largely responsible for their own quality of life.

As they deployed across the vast southwest, the Buffalo Soldiers proved themselves to be skilled and tenacious fighters. Although tasked to cover vast regions with limited numbers of men, they made more than held their own in helping to quell the Indians and pacify the hostile territories. Despite not infrequent discrimination and hatred from those whom they were tasked to protect, the Buffalo Soldiers served with distinction.

The Buffalo Soldiers served intermittently at and in the vicinity of Fort Bliss and El Paso for nearly 50 years. Although never assigned in large numbers, they nevertheless often represented the bulk of the soldiers assigned at the post, and they made an indelible mark on the history of the area.

The book also explains the special significance of the location of the monument on Lee Road near the Robert E. Lee Gate of Fort Bliss. The monument stands not only as a tribute to the famous Buffalo Soldiers of the past, but because of its location, it also represents the link between the Buffalo Soldiers of the past to the all-African-American anti-aircraft artillery units which trained on the post in the 1940s and 1950s.

The book was completed on the ten year anniversary of the dedication of the Buffalo Soldier Monument on Robert E. Lee Road on Fort Bliss. Release date was held until February 2010 to coincide with Black History Month celebrations and activities on Fort Bliss.

Jeff Gault served at Fort Bliss from 1990 until his retirement from the Army in 1999, with two deployments to the Middle East during this period. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and was the first Garrison Commander of Fort Bliss. Currently, he is a business executive in north Texas.

The Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Bliss, Texas is available at the Fort Bliss Museum gift shop on Fort Bliss. It is also available by mail from the Army Scholarship Foundation Press at 11700 Preston Road, Suite 660-301, Dallas, Texas 75230. Proceeds from sale of the sale of the book are being donated to the Army Scholarship Foundation, which provides academic scholarships to Army family members.

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The Army Scholarship Foundation Recognizes KBR for Its Outstanding Support of Army Families

Representatives of the Army Scholarship Foundation met to recognize KBR for its support on October 5th during the annual Association of the U.S. Army convention in Washington, DC. Foundation Board Chair Jeff Gault and Board Member Michael Gonzales made the presentation at the KBR display at AUSA.

Gault handing award to Hack and Stuver

Pictured above are Jeff Gault presenting the award to Lieutenant General Rick Hack, U.S. Army, Retired, KBR Senior Vice President for Operations, Maintenance, and Logistics. Also pictured, left to right, are Foundation board member Mike Gonzales, Karolyn Stuver, KBR Director of Strategy and Marketing, and Dave Thomas, KBR Chief of Staff and Director of Operations.

The Army Scholarship Foundation honored KBR for its strong support and for being the first corporate supporter to endow a perpetual scholarship award. KBR, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a major contractor and partner for the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army and is actively involved in supporting programs to assist the greater Army family.

" Our commitment to supporting the U.S. military extends beyond the services we provide to those deployed," said Rick Hack, " Just as we are a full service provider, we are a full supporter, helping provide a better life and opportunities to troops and their families at home and abroad."

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001. The Foundation provides scholarships to deserving sons and daughters of U.S. Army soldiers and Army veterans, as well as to spouses of serving active duty enlisted soldiers. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters, and tax free donations can be sent to the Army Scholarship Foundation, 6412 Brandon Avenue, Suite 201, Springfield, Virginia 22150.

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Metropolitan Owners Club of North America Members Establish Sergeant James J. Holtom Memorial Scholarship with the Army Scholarship Foundation.

SGT Holtom in Class A uniform, head and shoulders

The members of the Metropolitan Owners Club of North America have joined together to establish a scholarship with the Army Scholarship Foundation in the memory of Sergeant James J. Holtom of Rexburg, Idaho. Sergeant Holtom was assigned to Company A of the 321st Engineer Battalion when he was killed in action in Iraq in February 2007. The son of David and Reyne Holtom, Sergeant Holtom was also the elder brother of Ben, Lee, Jacob, Calvin, John, Anna and Laura Beth Holtom. Sergeant Holtom was a member of the Army Reserve, joining in 2003, and deploying to Iraq in September 2006.

James Holtom was born on January 30, 1985 in Waupaca, Wisconsin. In 1990, he and his family moved to Woonsocket, South Dakota and subsequently settled in Rexburg, Idaho where James grew up. James was a devoutly religious individual who was a member of Treasure Valley Baptist Church. He studied engineering at Boise State University. He was a dedicated non-commissioned officer and gifted leader, well respected by his soldiers. Following his tour of duty in Iraq, he planned to marry his fiancee Melissa.

The Metropolitan Owners Club of North America is an organization whose members are owners of the famous classic Metropolitan automobile. Club members joined together at their June 2009 International Meet to honor our servicemen and women and while there contributed to the establishment of the Sergeant James J. Holtom Memorial Scholarship. Friends of the Holtom family and others wishing to contribute to this scholarship fund may do so by contacting the Army Scholarship Foundation.

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 to provide scholarships to deserving sons and daughters of U.S. Army soldiers and Army veterans, and to spouses of enlisted active duty soldiers. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax deductible contributions can be sent to the Foundation at 6412 Brandon Avenue, Springfield, Virginia 22150 or can be made on line.

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Army Scholarship Foundation Announces Scholarship Awards for 2009-2010 Academic Year

The Army Scholarship Foundation announced today the award of seven scholarships to deserving children of United States Army soldiers and veterans and to a spouse of active duty enlisted soldier. Scholarships for the upcoming 2009-2010 to were awarded to deserving Army family members as follows:

Deleshia Youngblood, head and shoulders

The Captain Jennifer Schafer-Odom Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Deleshia Youngblood of Fort Campbell, KY who is attending the University of Louisville in Kentucky. She is the daughter of Sergeant First Class and Mrs John Youngblood. SFC Youngblood is assigned at Fort Campbell.

Jennifer Shafer Odom grew up on a dairy farm in Knoxville, Maryland. After graduating first in her class at Brunswick High School, she entered the U.S. Military Academy and graduated as a member of the Class of 1992. She became an Army aviator and served tours of duty in both the United States and Europe, where she supported both the Kurdish refugee and Bosnia missions. While serving with the 204th Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Bliss, Texas in 1999, her aircraft was reported missing while flying intelligence and counter drug missions over Columbia, South American. She and her crew were lost.

Shelby and Kyle Belville

The Lieutenant Scott Love Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Ms. Shelby Belville of Phenix City, AL who is a senior at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. She is an Army spouse and is married to Sergeant Kyle L. Belville who is assigned to the 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, GA.

First Lieutenant Scott Love was killed in action in 1991 while serving in Operation Desert Storm. Scott Love was an "Army brat" who was born at Fort Campbell, KY and graduated from high school in Huntsville, AL. He graduated from Florida State University in 1996 and enlisted in the US Army in 1999 as a military intelligence specialist. In 2003, he attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, and was subsequently assigned as a platoon leader with 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry stationed at Baumholder, Germany. His unit deployed to Kuwait in November 2005 with Scott's platoon assigned as part of Task Force 1-35 Armor when he was killed at Ar Ramadi, Iraq.

Ashley Visitacion, head and shoulders

The Private First Class Christopher R. Klassen Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Ashley Visitacion of Fountain, CO. Her father recently retired as a Master Sergeant following 23 years service in the Army. She graduated from Fountain High School, and is a pre-med major at the University of New Mexico.

PFC Christopher R. Klassen passed away at Fort Bragg, NC in October 2008. The, son of Ms. Amy Klassen, brother to Ms. Jennifer Klassen and uncle to Brianna Michelle of Saint Charles, MO, PFC Klassen was assigned to the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and was known as an exemplary soldier.

Kimberly Cook, head and shoulders

The KBR Honorary Scholarship was awarded to Miss Kimberly Cook of Coppell, Texas. She is attending Austin College in Sherman, Texas with a major in Biochemestry. She is the daughter of CSM and Mrs Thomas Cook, who are both deceased.

KBR is headquartered in Houston, Texas. KBR is a leading global engineering, construction, and services company supporting the government services, energy, petrochemicals, and civil infrastructure sectors. The company employs over 50,000 people worldwide in locations that include Australia, Africa, the UK, Asia, and the Middle East. KBR has built a proud history and a leading market position in the government infrastructure (G&I) sector by being a low-cost, high-efficiency and absolutely reliable provider. Not only is KBR the largest contractor for the United States Army and a top-ten contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense, it is currently the world's largest defense services provider. KBR is a proud supporter of Army Families and the Army Scholarship Foundation through this annual scholarship award.

Jennifer Cheek, head and shoulders

The Hamilton Sundstrand Honorary Scholarship was awarded to Miss Jennifer Cheek of Fayetteville, NC who is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Grensboro. She is the daughter of CW3 and Mrs Reginald Cheek of Fort Bragg, NC.

Hamilton Sundstrand, a United Technologies Corporation, employs approximately 18,300 people worldwide and is headquartered in Windsor Locks, CT. Among the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs, manufactures and services aerospace systems and provides integrated system solutions for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. It also is a major supplier for international space programs. Hamilton Sundstrand is a strong supporter of Army Families and is proud to sponsor this annual scholarship for Army Family members.

Lyndsi Gilbert, head and shoulders

The BAE Systems Honorary Scholarship was awarded to Lyndsi Gilbert of Hamilton, Ohio. Her father, Sergeant First Class Michael Gilbert retired from the Army upon over 20 years service. She is a junior at the University of Cincinnati.

BAE Systems is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. The company provides support and service solutions for current and future defense, intelligence, and civilian systems, and designs, develops and manufactures a wide range of electronic systems and subsystems for both military and commercial applications. They also design, develop, produce, and provide service support of armored combat vehicles, artillery systems and intelligent munitions.

Ashley Wright, head and shoulders

Miss Ashley Wright of El Paso, Texas was also awarded a scholarship. She is a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso, majoring in criminal justice.

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 by concerned Army veterans who desired to continue their service to the Nation and to support and assist families of Army soldiers. The Foundation provides scholarships to deserving sons and daughters of US Army soldiers and Army veterans, as well as to spouses of serving active duty enlisted soldiers. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax deductible donations can be sent to the Army Scholarship Foundation, 6412 Brandon Avenue, Suite 201, Springfield, Virginia 22150.

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Friends and Family Establish the Sergeant Andrew Edmund Topham Memorial Scholarship with the Army Scholarship Foundation.

SGT Topham in an MH-47 helicopter

Friends and family have established a perpetual scholarship with the Army Scholarship Foundation in the memory of Sergeant Andrew E. Topham. The, son of Edmund & Laura Topham brother to Ms. Kristin Topham Homze and Ms. Denise Topham-Williams, and father to Ashley Topham, SGT Topham served combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan as well as tours of duty at Fort Gordon and Fort Huachuca.

SGT Topham grew up in Randolph, Massachusetts near Boston, attended Randolph High School and was a member of the football and wrestling teams. Growing up, he spent summers on the beaches of Martha's Vineyard fishing for blues, digging for clams and quahogs, biking and exploring Felix Neck. He joined the Army in 1999 and attended basic training at Fort Jackson, NC. He was subsequently assigned to the 86th Signal Battalion as an Information Systems Operations-Analyst. His daughter Ashley was born during this assignment. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2001 and to Iraq in 2003 in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

SGT Topham was a highly decorated soldier. He was awarded the Bronze Star for service in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. In addition he earned the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Ribbon.

Friends of the Topham family have joined together in support of funding this scholarship in memory of Sergeant Topham. Others wishing to contribute to this scholarship fund may do so by contacting or sending a tax deductible donation to the Army Scholarship Foundation. Additional information about the Sergeant Andrew Edward Topham Memorial Scholarship is available on the Army Scholarship Foundation web site.

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 to provide scholarships to deserving sons and daughters of US Army soldiers and Army veterans, and to spouses of enlisted active duty soldiers. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax deductible contributions can be sent to the Foundation at 6412 Brandon Avenue, Springfield, Virginia 22150 or can be made on line.

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Army Scholarship Foundation, BAE Systems Establish Honorary Scholarship to Support Army Families

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BAE Systems, in conjunction with the Army Scholarship Foundation, has established a scholarship to assist family members of United States Army personnel in their pursuit of higher education.

This scholarship, to be known as the BAE Systems Honorary Scholarship, will be awarded annually to a deserving son or daughter of a U.S. Army soldier or Army veteran, or to a spouse of a serving, active duty enlisted soldier.

The BAE Systems Honorary Scholarship was created as a result of BAE Systems' donation and pledge of funding to the Army Scholarship Foundation.

"BAE Systems is proud to support the US Army and Army families, particularly at a time when our soldiers are serving in harm's way," said Major General (Retired) J.B. Burns, Vice President, Defense Affairs at BAE Systems, "Helping Army family members pursue their educational dreams is one way for us to say 'Thank You' to our soldiers and their families for the hardships they endure regularly."

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 by concerned Army veterans who desired to continue their service to the Nation and to support and assist families of Army soldiers. The foundation provides scholarships to deserving sons and daughters of U.S. Army soldiers and Army veterans, as well as to spouses of serving active duty enlisted soldiers. The foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax deductible donations can be sent to the Army Scholarship Foundation, 6412 Brandon Avenue, Suite 201, Springfield, VA, 22150.



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Lenders One Corporation Establishes Private First Class Christopher R. Klassen Memorial Scholarship with the Army Scholarship Foundation

PFC Klassen, standing, in camouflace uniform and maroon 82nd beret

The employees of the Lenders One Corporation in Saint Louis, MO have established a scholarship with the Army Scholarship Foundation in the memory of Private First Class Christopher R. Klassen who passed away at Fort Bragg, NC in October 2008. The son of Ms. Amy Klassen, brother to Ms. Jennifer Klassen, and uncle to Brianna Michelle of Saint Charles, MO, PFC Klassen was assigned as a member of the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, where he was stationed as a supply specialist. He was very highly regarded by his commanders and his fellow soldiers and had been recognized for his award winning success on unit supply inspections.

Chris was born on December 13, 1986 at Saint Charles, MO and was a product of the Saint Charles school system and the Gwinnett County public schools, located in Atlanta, GA, where he participated routinely in "Gifted" and accelerated classes. He was a man of many talents, loved music, and was a skilled guitar player and a gifted artist. Following his Army service to our nation, he planned to return to college to pursue a degree in Computer Science and Journalism.

Friends of the Klassen family have joined together with the Lenders One team to fund this scholarship in memory of Private First Class Klassen. Others wishing to contribute to this scholarship fund may do so by contacting the Army Scholarship Foundation.

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 to provide scholarships to deserving sons and daughters of US Army soldiers and Army veterans, and to spouses of enlisted active duty soldiers. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax deductible contributions can be sent to the Foundation at 6412 Brandon Avenue, Springfield, Virginia 22150 or can be made on line.



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Army Scholarship Foundation Announces Scholarship Awards for 2008-2009 Academic Year

The Army Scholarship Foundation announced today the award of seven scholarships to deserving children of United States Army soldiers and veterans and to spouses of active duty enlisted soldiers. Scholarships for the upcoming 2008-2009 academic year were awarded to: Jennifer Cheek of Fayetteville, NC, who is attending UNC Greensboro; Ashley Wright of El Paso, TX, who is attending the University of Texas at El Paso; and Steven Ledvina of Toledo, IA, who is attending the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Also, the named scholarships listed below were awarded to deserving Army family members.

Deleshia Youngblood, head and shoulders

The Captain Jennifer Schafer Odom Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Deleshia Youngblood of Fort Campbell, KY who is attending the University of Louisville in Kentucky. She is the daughter of Sergeant First Class and Mrs John Youngblood. SFC Youngblood is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell.

Captain Jennifer Shafer Odom grew up on a dairy farm in Knoxville, Maryland. After graduating first in her class at Brunswick High School, she entered the U.S. Military Academy and graduated as a member of the Class of 1992. She became an Army aviator and served tours of duty in both the United States and Europe, where she supported both the Kurdish refugee and Bosnia missions. While serving with the 204th Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Bliss, Texas in 1999, her aircraft was reported missing while flying intelligence and counter drug missions over Columbia, South American. She and her crew were lost.

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The Lieutenant Scott Love Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Thomas McGinnis of Fort Leonard Wood, MO who will attend Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, where he will major in Performing Arts and Music. Mr McGinnis' father is currently deployed in Afghanistan with the Regional Advisory Command - Central.

First Lieutenant Scott Love was killed in action in 1991 while serving in Operation Desert Storm. Scott Love was an "Army brat" who was born at Fort Campbell, KY and graduated from high school in Huntsville, AL. He graduated from Florida State University in 1996 and enlisted in the US Army in 1999 as a military intelligence specialist. In 2003, he attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, and was subsequently assigned as a platoon leader with 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry stationed at Baumholder, Germany. His unit deployed to Kuwait in November 2005 with Scott's platoon assigned as part of Task Force 1-35 Armor when he was killed at Ar Ramadi, Iraq.

Janay Cheek, head and shoulders

The KBR Honorary Scholarship was awarded to Miss Janay Cheek of Fayetteville who is attending North Carolina A&T State University. She is the daughter of CW3 & Mrs Reginald Cheek of Fort Bragg, NC.

KBR is headquartered in Houston, Texas. KBR is a leading global engineering, construction, and services company supporting the government services, energy, petrochemicals, and civil infrastructure sectors. The company employs over 50,000 people worldwide in locations that include Australia, Africa, the UK, Asia and the Middle East. KBR has built a proud history and a leading market position in the government infrastructure (G&I) sector by being a low-cost, high-efficiency and absolutely reliable provider. Not only is KBR the largest contractor for the United States Army and a top-ten contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense, it is currently the world's largest defense services provider. KBR is a proud supporter of Army Families and the Army Scholarship Foundation through this annual scholarship award.

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The Hamilton Sundstrand Honorary Scholarship was awarded to Mrs Elizabeth Grimm, spouse of PFC Daniel Chabot. PFC Chabot is serving with the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry at Fort Polk, LA. Mrs Grimm is attending the University of Colorado, where she is majoring in Foreign Relations and Italian.

Hamilton Sundstrand, a United Technologies Corporation, employs approximately 18,300 people worldwide and is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Conn. Among the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs, manufactures and services aerospace systems and provides integrated system solutions for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. It also is a major supplier for international space programs. Hamilton Sundstrand is a strong supporter of Army Families and is proud to sponsor this annual scholarship for Army Family members.

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 by concerned Army veterans who desired to continue their service to the Nation and to support and assist families of Army soldiers. The Foundation provides scholarships to deserving sons and daughters of US Army soldiers and Army veterans, as well as to spouses of serving active duty enlisted soldiers. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax deductible donations can be sent to the Army Scholarship Foundation, 6412 Brandon Avenue, Suite 201, Springfield, Virginia 22150.



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Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito Joins Honorary Advisory Committee

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Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito has joined the Army Scholarship Foundation as a member of the Foundation's Honorary Advisory Committee. Congresswoman Capito represents the 2nd Congressional District in West Virginia. Her district has one of the largest per capita populations of Army veterans of any district in the nation.

Congresswoman Capito is currently serving her fourth term in Congress. She is the only Republican and the only woman in the West Virginia congressional delegation. Capito is a committed public servant who prides herself on being approachable and accessible to her constituents.

As the daughter of a combat-wounded Army veteran and as a Congresswoman who represents a large percentage of constituents who are veterans, including both active duty and former service members and their families, Congresswoman Capito is most familiar with the challenges faced by the families of our soldiers and their families and by the families of veterans. Largely as a result of their sacrifices made in serving their country, military families are often ill prepared for the high costs of higher education for their family members. As a member of the Honorary Advisory Committee of the Army Scholarship Foundation, Congresswoman Capito will provide advice and counsel to the volunteers of the Foundation as they assist deserving Army family students in the pursuit of their educational dreams.

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 to provide scholarships to spouses of enlisted US Army solders and to deserving sons and daughters of soldiers and Army veterans. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax free donations may be sent to The Army Scholarship Foundation, 6412 Brandon Avenue, Suite 201, Springfield, Virginia 22150.



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Congressman John Shimkus Joins Honorary Advisory Committee

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Congressman John M. Shimkus has joined the Army Scholarship Foundation as a member of the Foundation's Honorary Advisory Committee. Congressman Shimkus represents the 19th Congressional District in southern Illinois. His district has a very large per capita population of Army veterans.

Congressman Shimkus is currently serving his sixth term in Congress. He is one of the very few graduates of the United States Military Academy serving in the Congress and is a strong advocate for servicemen and women, military families, and America's veterans.

As a veteran of six years active duty and over 21 years reserve duty with the United States Army, Congressman Shimkus is very familiar with the challenges faced by the families of our soldiers and the families of veterans. Largely as a result of their sacrifices made in serving their country, military members and veterans are often ill prepared for the high costs of higher education for their family members who aspire to pursue their goals of higher education. As a member of the Honorary Advisory Committee of the Army Scholarship Foundation, Congressman Shimkus will provide advice and counsel to the volunteers of the Foundation as they assist deserving Army family students in the pursuit of their educational dreams.

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 to provide scholarships to spouses of enlisted US Army solders and to deserving sons and daughters of soldiers and Army veterans. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax free donations may be sent to The Army Scholarship Foundation, 6412 Brandon Avenue, Suite 201, Springfield, Virginia 22150.



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KBR Establishes Honorary Scholarship to Support Army Families

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The Army Scholarship Foundation announced today that KBR has established a scholarship to assist Army family members. This scholarship, to be known as the KBR Honorary Scholarship, will be awarded to the deserving son or daughter of a United States Army soldier or spouse of an active duty enlisted soldier. This scholarship will be awarded annually in perpetuity as a result of the generous donation and pledge of funding to the Army Scholarship Foundation by KBR. In presenting this award, Lieutenant General Joseph M. Cosumano, United States Army, Retired, and Senior Vice President of Operations, Maintenance and Logistics for KBR, emphasized the importance of corporate support for Army families. He said "our nation's soldiers are defending our way of life, often under the most dangerous conditions to protect the rights and freedoms which all Americans enjoy. Through KBR's support of this scholarship for Army family members, we are able in a small way to thank our soldiers for the many sacrifices they and their families make every day on behalf of our nation."

KBR is headquartered in Houston, Texas. KBR is a leading global engineering, construction, and services company supporting the government services, energy, petrochemicals, and civil infrastructure sectors. The company employs over 50,000 people worldwide in locations that include Australia, Africa, the UK, Asia, and the Middle East. KBR has built a proud history and a leading market position in the government infrastructure (G&I) sector by being a low-cost, high-efficiency and absolutely reliable provider. Not only is KBR the largest contractor for the United States Army and a top-ten contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense, it is currently the world's largest defense services provider.

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 by concerned Army veterans who desired to continue their service to the Nation and to support and assist families of Army soldiers. The foundation provides scholarships to deserving sons and daughters of U.S. Army soldiers and Army veterans, as well as to spouses of serving active duty enlisted soldiers. The foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax deductible donations can be sent to the Army Scholarship Foundation, 6412 Brandon Avenue, Suite 201, Springfield, VA, 22150. Visit www.ArmyScholarshipFoundation.org (this web site) to establish a memorial scholarship, donate, or learn more about the Army Scholarship Foundation.



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General Larry R. Ellis Joins Honorary Advisory Committee

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General Larry R. Ellis, US Army (Retired) has joined the Army Scholarship Foundation as a member of the Foundation's Honorary Advisory Committee. General Ellis is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of DHB Industries, Inc, a manufacturer of body armor in Pompano Beach, Florida.

General Ellis commanded US Army Forces Command from 2001 until his retirement from the Army in 2004. Previously, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, Department of the Army. He also commanded the 1st Armored Division, Germany; a Multinational Division, Bosnia and Herzegovina; was Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Infantry Division, Korea; Brigade Commander in Germany, Battalion Commander at Ft Polk, Louisiana, and a Company Commander in Vietnam and Ft Bragg, NC. His staff assignments included Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, HQDA; C3/J3/G3, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/US Forces Korea/Eighth US Army; Deputy Director for Strategic Planning and Policy, Headquarters, US Pacific Command, Hawaii; service with the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel and the Office of the Chief of Staff Department of the Army, at U.S. Army Europe, and on the Faculty at the US Military Academy, West Point.

General Ellis' awards include the Defense and the Army Distinguished Service Medals, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry/Palm, the Korean Cheonsu Medal, the German Armed Forces Honor Cross (Gold), and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Morgan State University and a Master of Science degree in Physical Education from Indiana University.

As one of the Army's most experienced and distinguished senior leaders, General Ellis is most familiar with the challenges faced by Army families today and is uniquely qualified to provide advice and support to the Army Scholarship Foundation leadership and volunteers.

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 to provide scholarships to spouses of enlisted US Army solders and to deserving sons and daughters of soldiers and Army veterans. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax free donations may be sent to The Army Scholarship Foundation, 6412 Brandon Avenue, Suite 201, Springfield, Virginia 22150.

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Army Scholarship Foundation, Hamilton Sundstrand Establish Honorary Scholarship to Support Army Families

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Hamilton Sundstrand, in conjunction with the Army Scholarship Foundation, has established a scholarship to assist family members of United States Army personnel in their pursuit of higher education. This scholarship, to be known as the Hamilton Sundstrand Honorary Scholarship, will be awarded annually to a deserving son or daughter of a U.S. Army soldier or Army veteran, or to a spouse of a serving, active duty enlisted soldier. Hamilton Sundstrand is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. [NYSE:UTX].

The Hamilton Sundstrand Honorary Scholarship was created as a result of Hamilton Sundstrand's donation and pledge of funding to the Army Scholarship Foundation. "U.S. Army soldiers are serving in harm's way across the globe helping to defend the rights and freedoms which all Americans enjoy," said Edward M. Francis, a United States Army veteran, and vice president and general manager of Hamilton Sundstrand Space, Land & Sea. "This scholarship is just one small way we at Hamilton Sundstrand can say 'thank you' for the many sacrifices these soldiers and their families make on our behalf every day."

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 by concerned Army veterans who desired to continue their service to the Nation and to support and assist families of Army soldiers. The foundation provides scholarships to deserving sons and daughters of U.S. Army soldiers and Army veterans, as well as to spouses of serving active duty enlisted soldiers. The foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax deductible donations can be sent to the Army Scholarship Foundation, 6412 Brandon Avenue, Suite 201, Springfield, VA, 22150. Visit www.ArmyScholarshipFoundation.org (this web site) to establish a memorial scholarship, donate, or learn more about the Army Scholarship Foundation.

With 2007 revenues of $5.6 billion, Hamilton Sundstrand employs approximately 18,300 people worldwide and is headquartered in Windsor Locks, CT. Among the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs, manufactures and services aerospace systems and provides integrated system solutions for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. It also is a major supplier for international space programs.

United Technologies Corp., of Hartford, CT., provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

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Army Scholarship Foundation Announces Scholarship Awards for 2007-2008 Academic Year

The Army Scholarship Foundation announced today the award of seven scholarships to deserving children of United States Army soldiers and veterans and to spouses of active duty enlisted soldiers. Scholarships for the upcoming 2007-2008 academic year were awarded to Jennifer Cheek of Fayetteville, NC who is attending UNC Greensboro; Janay Cheek of Fayetteville who is attending North Carolina A&T State University; Ashley Wright of El Paso, TX who is attending the University of Texas at El Paso; and Kevin Northcutt of Niantic, Connecticut who is attending Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts. In addition, a scholarship was awarded to Army spouse Amy Garlick of Clarksville, TN, who is attending the Miller-Motte Technical College of Clarksville. Mrs. Garlick's husband is Sergeant Robert Garlick, who is assigned to the 101st Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell, KY.

Deleshia Youngblood, head and shoulders

The Captain Jennifer Schafer-Odom Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Deleshia Youngblood of Fort Campbell, KY who is attending the University of Louisville in Kentucky. She is the daughter of Sergeant First Class and Mrs John Youngblood. SFC Youngblood is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell.

Jennifer Shafer Odom grew up on a dairy farm in Knoxville, Maryland. After graduating first in her class at Brunswick High School, she entered the U.S. Military Academy and graduated as a member of the Class of 1992. She became an Army aviator and served tours of duty in both the United States and Europe, where she supported both the Kurdish refugee and Bosnia missions. While serving with the 204th Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Bliss, Texas in 1999, her aircraft was reported missing while flying intelligence and counter drug missions over Columbia, South America. She and her crew were lost.

Raina Wade, head and shoulders

The Lieutenant Scott Love Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Raina Wade of Cliffwood, New Jersey who will attend Johnson Smith University in Charlotte, NC. Miss Wade's father was killed in action in 1991 while serving in Operation Desert Storm.

Scott Love was an "Army brat" who was born at Fort Campbell, KY and graduated from high school in Huntsville, AL. He graduated from Florida State University in 1996 and enlisted in the US Army in 1999 as a military intelligence specialist. In 2003, he attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, and was subsequently assigned as a platoon leader with 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry stationed at Baumholder, Germany. His unit deployed to Kuwait in November 2005 with Scott's platoon assigned as part of Task Force 1-35 Armor when he was killed at Ar Ramadi, Iraq.

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 by concerned Army veterans who desired to continue their service to the Nation and to support and assist families of Army soldiers. The Foundation provides scholarships to deserving sons and daughters of US Army soldiers and Army veterans, as well as to spouses of serving active duty enlisted soldiers. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax deductible donations can be sent to the Army Scholarship Foundation, 6412 Brandon Avenue, Suite 201, Springfield, Virginia 22150.

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Congressman Tom Davis Joins Honorary Advisory Committee

Congressman Tom Davis

Congressman Thomas M. Davis III has joined the Army Scholarship Foundation as a member of the Foundation's Honorary Advisory Committee. Congressman Davis represents the 11th Congressional District in Virginia. His district is in northern Virginia and includes Fort Belvoir, and most of Fairfax and Prince William counties.

Congressman Davis was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant from the Reserve Officers Training Program and served two years active duty and seven years in the Army Reserves. He is the Chairman of the House Government Reform Committee and is a member of the House Homeland Security Committee.

As an Army veteran and a Congressman who represents a large military community including both active duty and former service members and their families, Congressman Davis is most familiar with the challenges faced by the families of our soldiers and their families and the families of veterans. Largely as a result of their sacrifices made in serving their country, military families are often ill prepared for the high costs of higher education for their family members. As a member of the Honorary Advisory Committee of the Army Scholarship Foundation, Congressman Davis will provide advice and counsel to the leadership team and volunteers of the Foundation as they assist deserving Army family students in the pursuit of their educational dreams.

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 to provide scholarships to spouses of enlisted US Army solders and to deserving sons and daughters of soldiers and Army veterans. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax free donations may be sent to The Army Scholarship Foundation, 6412 Brandon Avenue, Suite 201, Springfield, Virginia 22150.

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General Johnnie E. Wilson Joins Honorary Advisory Committee

General Johnnie E. Wilson

General Johnnie E. Wilson, U.S. Army (Retired), has joined the Army Scholarship Foundation as a member of the Foundation's Honorary Advisory Committee. General Wilson is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of Dimensions International, Inc. in Alexandria, Virginia.

General Wilson was raised in Lorain, Ohio and enlisted in the US Army in 1961, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. On completion of Officer Candidate School in 1967, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps. General Wilson served with distinction at every level of command. He commanded three times at company level, to include a company in Vietnam. He commanded the 709th Maintenance Battalion, 9th Infantry Division at Ft Lewis, as well as the Division Support Command of 1st Armored Division and the 13th Support Command at Ft Hood. He was Deputy Commanding General, 21st TAACOM, in Europe, which was the Army's largest and most diverse logistics unit, and he later commanded the Ordnance Center and School at Aberdeen, Maryland. He served as the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, responsible for the Army's logistics programs around the globe. He completed his career as Commanding General, US Army Materiel Command, a command with a nine billion dollar operating budget and over 80 thousand soldiers and civilians world wide.

As one of the Army's most senior and distinguished leaders, and as a soldier who advanced through the enlisted ranks to become an officer, General Wilson is most familiar with the challenges faced by Army families and is uniquely qualified to provide advice and support to the Army Scholarship Foundation leadership and volunteers.

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 to provide scholarships to spouses of enlisted US Army solders and to deserving sons and daughters of soldiers and Army veterans. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax free donations may be sent to The Army Scholarship Foundation, 6412 Brandon Avenue, Suite 201, Springfield, Virginia 22150.

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Army Scholarship Foundation Announces Scholarship Awards for 2006-2007 Academic Year

The Army Scholarship Foundation announced today the award of seven scholarships to deserving children of United States Army soldiers and veterans and spouses of active duty enlisted soldiers. Scholarships for the upcoming 2007-2007 academic year were awarded to:   Jennifer Cheek of Fayetteville, NC who is attending UNC Greensboro; Jamie Eller of Ft Leonard Wood, MO who is attending the Cox College of Nursing and Sciences in Springfield, MO; Erin Frake of Burke, VA who is attending the University of Virginia; La'Tesha Hinton of Bel Air, MD who is attending Xavier University in New Orleans; and Kathryn Laverty of Coto De Caza, CA who is attending UC Riverside. In addition, a scholarship was awarded to Army spouse Shannon Grover of Spanaway, WA who is attending the University of Phoenix. Mrs. Grover's husband is deployed from Ft Lewis, WA as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Captain Jennifer Schafer-Odom Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Janay Cheek of Fayetteville, NC who is attending North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, NC. Jennifer Shafer Odom grew up on a dairy farm in Knoxville, Maryland. After graduating first in her class at Brunswick High School, she entered the U.S. Military Academy and graduated as a member of the Class of 1992. She became an Army aviator and served tours of duty in both the United States and Europe, where she supported both the Kurdish refugee and Bosnia missions. While serving with the 204th Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Bliss, Texas in 1999, her aircraft was reported missing while flying intelligence and counter drug missions over Columbia, South American. She and her crew were lost.

The Paladin Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 by members of the USMA Class of 1992 in the spirit of the Academy's mission to prepare leaders for a lifetime of service to the nation. The Foundation was renamed The Army Scholarship Foundation in 2006. The Foundation provides scholarships to deserving sons and daughters of U.S. Army soldiers and Army veterans, as well as to spouses of serving active duty enlisted soldiers. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters, and tax free donations can be sent to the Army Scholarship Foundation, 6412 Brandon Avenue, Suite 201, Springfield, Virginia 22150.

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Colonel Mike Gonzales Joins Foundation Board of Directors

COL Mike Gonzales

Colonel Michael R. Gonzales, U.S. Army, Retired, of Santa Fe, New Mexico has joined the Board of Directors of the Army Scholarship Foundation. Colonel Gonzales served 30 years in the New Mexico National Guard. He is a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute and New Mexico State University. He holds an MPA from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. Currently he is Director of Army Programs for Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI) of Alexandria, Virginia.

His key military assignments include Director of Strategic Operations at U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Deputy Assistant Commandant at the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School, Chairman of the Department of Strategy and Planning at the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, and G-6 at U.S. Army Central Command (Forward). He commanded the 6th Battalion (Chaparral), 200th Air Defense Artillery, New Mexico Army National Guard and served with the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery in Germany.

Colonel Gonzales is married to the former Christine S. Smith. The couple has two children, Gabrielle A. Gonzales and Michael R. Gonzales II.

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 to provide scholarships to deserving sons and daughters of US Army soldiers and Army veterans, and to spouses of enlisted active duty soldiers. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax free contributions can be sent to the Foundation at 6412 Brandon Avenue, Springfield, Virginia 22150. To learn more about the Army Scholarship Foundation or to make a tax free donation, please visit www.ArmyScholarshipFoundation.org.

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Congressman Silvestre Reyes Joins Honorary Advisory Committee

Congressman Silvestre Reyes

Congressman Silvestre Reyes has joined the Army Scholarship Foundation as a member of the Foundation's Honorary Advisory Committee. Congressman Reyes represents the 16th Congressional District in Texas, which includes the city of El Paso the surrounding communities. His district includes Fort Bliss, and covers the westernmost part of the State of Texas along the Rio Grande River adjacent to the US-Mexican border.

Congressman Reyes was drafted into the United States Army out of high school in Canutillo, Texas and served as a helicopter crewman in Viet Nam. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Veterans Affairs Committee.

As an Army veteran and a Congressman who represents a large military community including both active duty and former service members and their families, Congressman Reyes is most familiar with the challenges faced by the families of our soldiers and their families and the families of veterans. Largely as a result of their sacrifices made in serving their country, military families are often ill prepared for the high costs of higher education for their family members. As a member of the Honorary Advisory Committee of the Army Scholarship Foundation, Congressman Reyes will provide advice and counsel to the volunteers of the Foundation as they assist deserving Army family students in the pursuit of their educational dreams.

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 to provide scholarships to spouses of enlisted US Army solders and to deserving sons and daughters of soldiers and Army veterans. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax free donations may be sent to The Army Scholarship Foundation, 6412 Brandon Avenue, Suite 201, Springfield, Virginia 22150. To learn more about the Army Scholarship Foundation or to make a tax free donation, please visit www.ArmyScholarshipFoundation.org.

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Army Scholarship Foundation Achieves Final Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Designation as a Public Charity

On April 7, 2006 the IRS made its final determination that the Army Scholarship Foundation has achieved its exemption from Federal income tax under section 501(c )(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The IRS has determined that the Army Scholarship Foundation is a public charity, and, as such, all contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible for the donors to the extent allowed by law. This represents a major achievement for the Army Scholarship Foundation.

The IRS examinations for a charity to achieve full tax free status are extremely rigorous and involve a five year provisional period during which the charity operates under interim tax free status while developing its procedures and donor base. Upon completion of the five year probationary period, the IRS conducts a rigorous evaluation of the organization's books and accounting procedures. The Army Scholarship Foundation passed this critical milestone with flying colors, and is now a fully recognized public charity.

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 to provide scholarships to deserving sons and daughters of U.S. Army soldiers and Army veterans, and to spouses of enlisted active duty soldiers. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax free contributions can be sent to the Foundation at 6412 Brandon Avenue, Springfield, Virginia 22150. To learn more about the Paladin Army Scholarship Foundation or to make a tax free donation, visit www.ArmyScholarshipFoundation.org.

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CPT Jennifer Shafer Odom Memorial Scholarship Awarded

La'Tesha Hinton

The Army Scholarship Foundation has awarded its 2005-2006 Captain Jennifer Shafer Odom Memorial Scholarship to Miss La'Tesha Hinton of Bel Air, Maryland. Miss Hinton graduated from Hartford Technical High School in Bel Air and is majoring in Chemistry and Pre-Medical studies at Xavier University in New Orleans.

The Captain Jennifer Shafer Odom Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually in honor of Captain Odom, a Maryland native. Jennifer grew up on a dairy farm in Knoxville, Maryland. After graduating first in her class at Brunswick High School, she entered the U.S. Military Academy and graduated as a member of the Class of 1992. She became an Army aviator and served tours of duty in both the United States and Europe, where she supported both the Kurdish refugee and Bosnia missions. While serving with the 204th Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Bliss, Texas in 1999, her aircraft was reported missing while flying intelligence and counter drug missions over Columbia, South America. She and her crew were lost.

Captain Odom's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the NATO Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Aviator Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. The athletic facility at Fort Detrick, Maryland is named in Jennifer's honor. Her class ring is displayed at the West Point library, and her flight suit is in the Pentagon's Women in the Military Display.

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 to provide scholarships to deserving sons and daughters of US Army soldiers and Army veterans, and to spouses of enlisted active duty soldiers. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax free contributions can be sent to the Foundation at 6412 Brandon Avenue, Springfield, Virginia 22150. To learn more about the Army Scholarship Foundation or to make a tax free donation, visit www.ArmyScholarshipFoundation.org.

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