The 506th Association will be 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 award is dedicated to all who served with C Company from 1967 to 1968.
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.
The 506th Association Scholarship Committee selected Mariah Hackett of Clinton, Maryland as the winner of the $1,000 Marilyn and Eugene Overton Scholarship Award for 2014.
Mariah was born in Clinton, Maryland, but lived in Anne Arundel County, Maryland until eighth grade when she returned to Clinton. Mariah was valedictorian of Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr., High School's 2013 graduating class. She currently attends Salisbury State University and is on track to graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing Science in the spring of 2017. Mariah is the granddaughter of Lawrence (Larry) J. Bowman who served in Charlie Company, 1st Bn, 1967 to 1968 and in Charlie Company 3rd Bn, 1968.
The 506th Association Scholarship Committee selected Brendan Strauser of St.Charles, MO as the winner of the $1000 NAVILLUS Foundation Award for 2014.
Brendan was born in Morristown, NJ, however, when he was 6 months old, his parents moved to St, Charles, MO to be close to their family. Brendan attended Francis Howell Central High School in St Charles graduating in 2013 with a weighted GPA of 4.33. While at Howell Brendan was a member of DECA, was Secretary of the National Honor Society and played on Howell's state championship ice hockey team. Brendan is a sophomore at The University of Missouri - Columbia where he is pursuing a degree in marketing and is currently on the Dean's list. Brendan is the grandson of Fred Strauser Jr.who served with HHC, 2nd BN, 506th Infantry at Fort Campbell.
The following letter is from Brendan:
The 506th Association Scholarship Committee selected Erika Shaw of West Lafayette, Indiana as the winner of the Marcia and John Lally Service Award for 2014.
Erika was born on March 15, 1996 at Home Hospital in Lafayette Indiana. Her parents are Robert Troy and Brandi Lynn Shaw and her great grandfather Gilbert D Shaw served with the 101st Airborne in the 506 PIR in HQ Company during World War II. Erika attended St. James Lutheran School from Kindergarten through 8th grade. She entered Harrison High School in West Lafayette, Indiana in August of 2010. While in High School Erika played volleyball, track, and participated in club gymnastics with DMG in Lafayette. Erika also volunteered with the American Red Cross and organized three blood drives at St James Lutheran church. In addition, she is a member of the National Honor Society. Erika graduated in June of 2014 from Harrison High School with an academic honors diploma and will be attending Wisconsin Lutheran College in Wauwatosa, WI where she received a presidential scholarship and placement into the honors program. Erica plans to major in biology with a minor in spanish. She will also be running cross country and track for WLC. Erika plans to continue her education with the ultimate goal of becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon.
The 506th Association Scholarship Committee selected Sydney Rosemore of Adams, Tennessee as the winner of the $1000 Currahee Award for 2014.
Sydney was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. Being a part of a military family, she also resided in Louisiana for some time before settling in Tennessee where she has lived for almost ten years. Sydney was very involved at Jo Byrns High School where she enjoyed participating in many clubs and extra-curricular activities. She was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Renaissance Club, was treasurer of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), vice-president of Key Club, president of Sr. Beta, and president of her senior class. Sydney graduated with a 4.0 GPA and ranked 3rd out of a class of 83. Sydney participated in the Dual Enrollment program that offers credit for both high school and college. In this program she attended classes through Volstate Community College and graduated high school with 24 hours of college credit. This fall Sydney will enter Western Kentucky University as an advanced standing stuident with an academic scholarship from WKU. Sydney is the daughter of Myron Rosemore who served as First Sergeant of Charlie Company, 2nd Bn from 2004 to 2007.