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The 506th Association was able to award four $1,000 scholarships thanks, in part, to the generosity of Gene Overton, Carol Sullivan and John Lally. Gene, Carol and John have agreed to fund named awards within our scholarship program. Gene's award will be The Eugene and Marilyn Overton Scholarship Award, Carol's award will be named The NAVILLUS Foundation Award, while John's will be the Marcia and John Lally Service Award. Our fourth scholarship award is the Currahee Award and is funded by the 506th Association membership along with friends of the Association.
The NAVILLUS Foundation is a family foundation that was headed by Lee and Carol Sullivan. Lee has passed away and Carol has decided to continue funding this scholarship in order to honor Lee and the men who served in his Company. This award is dedicated to Lee Sullivan and the members of B Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry who served in the Republic of Vietnam during 1969 and 1970.
Gene Overton served in C Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry at Fort Campbell and the Republic of Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. Gene is also the co-founder of the 506th Association and he, along with his wife Marilyn, have donated an untold amount of time, energy, and money to further the goals of the Association. This year his award is dedicated to the memory of SSG Thomas Allen Baysore, Jr. who died on September 26, 2013 as a result of combat related injuries sustained in Paktya Province, Afghanistan while serving as a squad leader in Charlie Company [Gunfighters] 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment. SSG Baysore entered the Army in June of 2001 and deployed three times to Afghanistan and once to Iraq during his thirteen years in the military.
John Lally who served with A Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry in Vietnam, is currently the Chairman of the Association Board of Directors and Newsletter Editor. The Marcia and John Lally Service Award is to honor all Currahees who have served their nation over the last seven decades.
Carly Bush, is the proud granddaughter of Fred Strauser, HHC, 2nd BN, 506 Infantry who served at Fort Campbell. She was born December 24th, 1996 and grew up in Wentzville, Missouri. In 2015, Carly graduated Summa Cum Laude from Timberland High School. During her four years at Timberland High School, Carly became a Missouri State Cheerleading Champion, maintained a 4.0, and was crowned Prom Queen her senior year. Since High School, Carly began college at University of Missouri- St. Louis. Carly is on track to graduate a semester early while also obtaining an Honors College certificate from the Pierre Laclede Honors College. While going to nursing school full time, Carly is also working at Barnes Jewish Hospital in the Emergency Department, which is a Level One Trauma Center in St. Louis, Missouri. She has three semesters remaining before she is Carly Bush, RN- BSN. After Carly graduates with her undergraduate nursing degree, she plans to continue her education by going to graduate school to become a DNP- Doctorate of Nurse Practitioner.
Dear 506th Scholarship Committee,
First and foremost, I would like to thank the 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association for selecting me as a 2017 recipient. My grandfather, Fred Strauser, has been telling me stories about his Airborne experiences in the Army since I was a young child. I could hear the excitement in his voice when I told him that I received this scholarship and it makes me so proud to be his granddaughter.
I am honored and humbled to receive a scholarship from such a brave and patriotic group. This scholarship will help my mother and I accomplish my goal of graduating with a Bachelors in Nursing loan free and a part of that degree is going to be contributed to the 506th.
Again, thank you. I cannot put into words the gratitude I have in receiving this scholarship. Thank you to everyone that has served in the 506th Airborne and all men and women that serve to protect this country I love so much.
Amelia Heckert, was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, and raised in Puyallup, Washington. There, she spent her childhood playing sports as well as becoming involved in school extracurriculars. Lacrosse became the focus, and Amelia played varsity lacrosse for 4 years, and was selected as captain her senior year. She was the third of her siblings to graduate from Emerald Ridge high school with high honors. She was in the graduating class of 2015. Jake, 23, and Benjamin, 26, a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army, currently serving with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment , also attended Emerald Ridge. Amelia is at the midpoint of her undergrad studies at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. She was recently admitted to the School of Social work where she plans to obtain a Bachelor’s of Social Work, begin working along with pursuing a master’s degree.
Dear 506th Scholarship Committee,
I want to personally thank you for contributing to my dreams and helping to further my college education. As many may know, a college education can be very costly which is why any and every bit of support is helpful. I plan to use my degree to make a difference in the lives of others, and partly thanks to you, that will be possible. It is scholarship funds like these that assist in helping young adults change the world. I am a proud sister of a United States Infantry Officer, and plan to make the committee, my family, and those around me proud. Thank you for taking the time and effort to support young students like myself, I will be forever grateful.
The 506th Association has selected Jordan Rosemore from Adams, Tennessee as the recipient of the $1,000 Currahee Scholarship award for 2017. Jordan and her family moved to Clarksville, Tennessee where her father 1SG (ret) Myron “Mike” Rosemore served with C Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment. Jordan attended Jo Byrns High School; she held many leadership positions in various clubs, including Senior Beta Club, Drama Club, and Student Government. When she graduated in the spring of 2017, she held a title of distinction and Honors. Upon graduation, Jordan had completed 30 hours of transferrable college credit through high school dual enrollment.
Jordan plans to attend Tennessee Tech University in the fall, with a major of PreOccupational Therapy. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, Jordan will attend graduate school in order to become a licensed Occupational Therapist.
Dear 506th Scholarship Committee,
I would like to sincerely thank you for your time in reviewing my application, as well as your generosity. I am extremely humbled to receive this scholarship through such an honorable cause. As I begin college in the fall, your support will greatly aid me in following my dreams and building a future career as an Occupational Therapist! I would like to thank all of the Currahees past and present for their continued sacrifice so others can enjoy our freedom. Thank you again for your donation to my goals and ambitions.
Stephen Taylor grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He earned his B.S. in Biology from James Madison University in 2012. After graduating, he became a Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural community in northern Mozambique. In addition to teaching high school biology, English, and information technology, he organized student health promotion activities and computer literacy classes for adults in the community. Upon his return to the United States in 2014, he worked a brief stint as a pharmacy technician. In 2015, he moved to the Washington, D.C. metro area to begin his current role helping to administer a $7 million animal infectious disease research program with the Department of Agriculture. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Biodefense at George Mason University. Upon graduation, he aims to work in international health security and implement countermeasures against emerging infectious disease threats in developing countries.
Dear Members of the 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association,
Thank you for your generous $1,000 scholarship. In an age of rising education costs, I’m heartened that organizations such as yours are willing to support students such as myself in our educational endeavors. Your contribution brings me a step closer to earning my Master of Science in Biodefense and embarking on the next stage of my career debt-free. For this I am deeply grateful.
Stephen B. Taylor