2022 Scholarship Winners !

2022 Scholarship Winners !

Introduction:  Jordan Harper is the winner of our $1,500 Currahee Scholarship for 2022.  Jordan Harper was born March 30th, 2004 while her father, Maj (ret.) Darin Harper, was stationed at Fort Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts.  From there, her father was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served with the 506th.  After moving a total of 3 more times around the country, Jordan and her family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 2013 where her father retired from the Army and her mother, Jessica, attended medical school.

Since moving to Lincoln, Jordan has become very involved in her community and her extracurricular activities, such as choir, band, showchoir, cross country, unified bowling, and a myriad of clubs offered at her school.  Jordan graduated Summa Cum Laude in May of 2022 from Lincoln Southwest High School, and was on the honor roll for all eight semesters of her high school career.  Jordan is attending the University of Nebraska Lincoln in the fall and will be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English, with which she hopes to achieve a career in publishing.

To the 506th Association,  I deeply thank you for the honor of receiving this scholarship.  Having been raised as a true army brat, I have dealt with a unique set of obstacles during my adolescence.  With this funding being put towards my undergraduate studies at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, the obstacle of financial shortcoming seems much less daunting now.  My family and I are highly appreciative of the 506th association’s continued generosity.

 

Introduction:  Carson Seiber is the winner of the $2,000 NAVILLUS Foundation Award.  Carson Seiber, born April 26, 2004, is the son of Heather Seiber and Retired Colonel Patrick Seiber.  His dad served with in the 4thBrigade, 101st Airborne Division, 506th Infantry Regiment (Currahee) from October 2007 to June 2009.  He served as the Brigade Public Affairs Officer during that time, which included a 13-month deployment to Afghanistan, and he was known as “the voice of Currahee”.  Carson was born in Bryan, Texas, and lived in College Station, Texas for a short time.  In his early years, Carson lived in Texas, Kansas, Tennessee, and multiple locations in Virginia.  Carson’s military brat experience came full circle when he moved back to College Station, Texas before his sophomore year of high school.

Carson, who graduated in the top 10% from A&M Consolidated High School in May 2022, was known for his vast involvement in his community, his school, and in his church.  Firstly, he played 4 different sports whilst in high school, and he was in several different music groups.  He was a TMEA All-State choir member in 2022.  He danced competitively across the United States with the Elite Wranglers, who are based in College Station.  Carson also was involved with various school events, such as tutoring services, musicals, fashion shows, and many other events.  Carson was highly involved with leadership organizations too, as he was a member of BETA club, NHS, Junior Leadership Brazos, and was an American Legion Texas Boys State Delegate (Elected Lieutenant Governor).

After a summer of working and volunteering, Carson will attend Texas A&M University in the Fall 2022 semester to study engineering and will join the Corps of Cadets as a member of Squadron 17. He wants to use his engineering degree to work on military technology.

Thank You Note - Dear 506th Scholarship Committee, Thank you so much for your generous contribution to my next steps of education. I am deeply honored to be selected to represent the future of the United States. I promise that these funds will prove to be worthwhile in my journey to serve my country, my community, and my family. I appreciate the committee, the donors, the veterans, and the current service members that have sacrificed a lot in order to make this scholarship a reality. I will strive to represent 506 to the best of my ability in the next four years!  Most Graciously, Carson J. Seiber

Introduction:  Ciara McKinney, the winner of the $2,500 John and Marcia Lally Service Award Scholarship.  Biography: Ciara McKinney, daughter of Heath and Traci McKinney, was born on October 10th, 2003, in Athens, Ohio. She grew up in Nelsonville, Ohio. Ciara is the granddaughter of Dale Perry, who served in the Army, 101st Airborne, 506th Infantry in the Vietnam War. He earned a Bronze Star medal, a National Defense Service medal, an Army Commendation medal, a Vietnam Service medal, a Vietnam Campaign medal, and a Combat Infantry medal. Ciara is a 2022 graduate from Nelsonville-York High School, where she graduated as the Salutatorian of her class. She was involved in various activities, including varsity volleyball, S.T.E.M Club, Quill and Scroll, being Secretary of National Honor Society, Vice President of Student Council, President of Student Government, and Class President. Ciara led her volleyball team to three sectional titles her sophomore, junior, and senior years. She earned 28 college credits while attending high school. Ciara is attending Belmont University in the fall, as an Honors student majoring in Publishing with a minor in Studio Art. 

Thank you: Dear 506th Scholarship Committee, First and foremost, I would like to thank you for selecting me as the $2,500 scholarship recipient for 2022!  I am extremely grateful  for your financial assistance with my higher education.  The funds will enable me to pursue my goal of becoming a book editor. It is an honor to both my grandfather and I to be recognized by the 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association. I would also like to thank all veterans, especially those who served with my grandfather in Vietnam.  Many thanks,

Introduction:  Dustin Simmons is the winner of our $1,000 SPC Edwin Roodhouse Memorial Scholarship Award.  Dustin was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he resided until enlisting in the US Army at seventeen years old.  Dustin served with the 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment at Fort Campbell from the uncasing of the colors in 2005 until the completion of his contract in 2009.  He deployed to Iraq in 05-06 and Afghanistan in 08-09.  While serving with the 506th, Dustin earned the parachutist badge, air assault badge, and was awarded the combat infantry badge for his efforts overseas.  After completing his enlistment, Dustin attended the University of Illinois at Chicago where he earned a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology.  He is currently working towards a master's degree in health and human performance from the University of the Cumberlands and plans to continue his education after completion. 

Dear 506th Scholarship Committee, I am thankful and humbled to have been chosen as the recipient of your $1000 scholarship.  This money will assist greatly in helping further my education.  Serving with the 506th taught me the importance of responsibility and teamwork.  I have taken these principles and used them as I propel my career forward.  I was once told that I would never amount to anything more than an infantryman and should reenlist because no one in the civilian world would want me.  I have used that as motivation to achieve my academic goals and build my own business from the ground up.  Earning a master’s degree in health and human performance is the next goal I have placed in front of myself, and this award will help greatly in making that goal a reality.  Again, thank you for choosing me and I will not let you down!  Currahee!  Dustin Simmons

Introduction:  Aaron Eads is the winner of the $1,000 Gene Overton Memorial Scholarship Award.  Aaron Eads is the son of James and Rhonda Eads.  LTC (Ret) Eads served with Headquarters Company 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment at Camp Greaves, South Korea.  He was a SGT and served from 1990-1991 as a sniper squad leader in the scout platoon.  Aaron was born October 19, 2003, at Madigan Army Medical Center, Ft. Lewis, WA.  He currently lives in Westfield, Indiana with his parents, and 2 older siblings, Alex & Abby.  They are very proud of the time that they spent as a military family.  After leaving the military, they moved to Westfield, Indiana. 

Aaron attended Westfield High School in Westfield, Indiana. He was a proud, faithful, and committed four-year member of the Westfield Marching Band; The Pride of Westfield!  During his senior year, The Pride of Westfield won the Scholastic A State Band Championship.  Aaron took 4 Advanced Placement classes, 3 Honors classes, and achieved a grand point average of 3.65/4.0.  He graduated with Academic Honors in May 2022.  He will attend Indiana University at Bloomington in the Fall 2022, where he will study Computer Science at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering.

Dear 506th Scholarship Committee, I am extremely thankful to have been selected for a 506th Scholarship. My father and I are honored that the 506th recognized us. I am very grateful for my father’s service and for all who have served. This scholarship will help me as I pursue my college degree and give me the opportunity to make a difference in the world. Thank you again for this award.  Sincerely, Aaron Eads  “Here to Serve Others; Not to Self-Serve”

 

2021 Scholarship Winners !

Patrick McGloine - Winner of the $1,500 NAVILLUS Award

The 506th Association has selected Patrick McGloine as the recipient of the $1,500 NAVILLUS Award for 2021.  Patrick is attending St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT this fall.  

His acceptance letter to the Scholarship Committee reads:NAVILLUS Foundation Recipient

Patrick McGloine is the son of Thomas and Deborah McGlone.  He is originally from Sackets Harbor, New York and has been raised in Schuylerville, New York.  He is the proud son of MAJ (Ret) Thomas McGloine who served 3 years “North of the River” in the 1st BN 506th IN, Camp Greaves ROK as S4 and D Co Commander and later serving alongside the Currahee’s in Zabul, Afghanistan.

Patrick is a NYSPHAA Scholar Athlete who excelled in varsity cross country, track, and the ski team.  Patrick graduated 4th in his class at Schuylerville High School, June 25, 2021 and received two awards for excellence in math, is a College Board National Recognition Program honoree, and received the Saint Michael’s College Book Award for academic achievement and social conscience. He served as the treasurer for the National Honor Society, and was a member of the Environmental Club, Boy Scouts, and Spanish Club. He grew up doing community service and built batting cages for the Old Saratoga Athletic Association as his Eagle Scout project and has volunteered at local parks, churches and various charities. 

Patrick McGloine will study environmental science starting in the Fall of 2021 as part of the honors program at St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont to learn how to make a positive contribution on nature's behalf.  He will run on their XC team and take full advantage of any and all downhill skiing opportunities. 

After college, he intends to be working a job that keeps him outside and moving. His goal is to help communities come together to address environmental issues affecting people all over the globe and to protect/preserve the environment and the natural world. 

Dear 506th Scholarship Committee:

I am sincerely grateful to be chosen by the 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association as a scholarship recipient.  Thank for your generous investment in my college education and the next generation’s future. To be honored with this scholarship means so much to me and my family because my father cherishes his service as a Currahee.  I hope to continue, in my own way, to ‘Stand Alone’ as I strive to be a catalyst for positive change and to make a difference for our world. 

Sincerely,

Patrick McGloine

Izabel Kane - Winner of the $1,000 CPT Luke Wullenwaber Memorial Award

The 506th Association has selected Izabel Kane as the recipient of the $1,000 CPT Luke Wullenwaber Memorial Award for 2021.  Izabel is attending the University of Wisconsin at River Falls this year where she will major in Business with an emphasis on Finance.  Izabel is the granddaughter of SFC Ronald Kane who served in the 101st Airborne Division with an assignment to D Company,1st Battalion, 506th Infantry during the Vietnam War. He is a Silver Star, Purple Heart and DMOR Recipient. Izabel is a 2021 graduate of East Ridge High School in Woodbury, Minnesota where she was involved in National Honors Society, 4H, and various volunteer positions at her church.  Her acceptance letter to the Scholarship Committee reads:

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Dear 506th Scholarship Committee, 

I am sincerely thankful to the 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association for awarding me this scholarship. It is an honor to both myself and my grandpa, Ronald Kane, to be recognized. I would like to thank the veterans for their service to our country and for selecting me as a recipient of this scholarship. 

Thank you! 

Izabel Kane 

 

 

 

 

  Eric Vickers - Winner of the $2,000 Marcia and John Lally Service Award

The 506th Association has selected Eric Vickers as the recipient of the $2,000 Marcia and John Lally Service Award for 2021.  Eric is attending Hanover College in the Fall.  

BIOGRAPHY

 

Eric Vickers, the son of David and Jennifer Vickers was born on September 9th, 2003 at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. SSG Vickers served with B Co, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment at Camp Greaves, South Korea and A Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment at Fort Campbell. After his father’s retirement from the Army, Eric and his family moved to Vincennes, Indiana where he graduated from Lincoln High School in 2021 in the top 5% of his class and earned academic letters every year, an academic honors diploma, and 33 college credits. In addition to academics, he also excelled in athletics. Eric was the starting Quarterback his Junior and Senior years, earned all area honors both years, and helped lead the team to the first sectional victory in 12 years in 2019. Eric also played Varsity baseball all four years of high school and was a starter on the 2019 sectional baseball team, which won its first sectional championship since 2007. He also participated in Champions Together and Community Service Class. His own personal experiences with physical therapy created a desire to study more about how the body works and moves so he can help others prevent and overcome injury, no matter how the trauma to the body occured. Eric plans to study Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology at Hanover College while playing football. He aspires to obtain his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and open his own physical therapy clinic where he can help serve the needs of his community.  His acceptance letter to the Scholarship Committee reads:

 

Vickers.pngI am greatly honored that I was selected to earn a distinguished 506th scholarship. The time my dad spent as a part of the historic Currahees, at Fort Campbell and in South Korea, is an important part of our family that we all take great pride in. I began my educational career as a preschooler while my dad served with 506th at Fort Campbell and because of the 506th Infantry Regiment Association’s generosity, I will be able to continue my educational aspirations at Hanover College and ultimately earn a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, while also realizing my dream of playing college football. I would also like to thank my dad for his honorable service and the sacrifices he made to serve our country.

Sincerely, Eric Vickers

 

Daniel Schaefer - Winner of the $1,500 Edwin Roodhouse Memorial Award

Daniel was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin where he enlisted in the United States Army in 2012. In 2013 he served with 1-61 CAV in C Troop as a rifleman before the disbandment of 4th Brigade. Then in 2014, he was transferred to Able Company of 1-506 Infantry Regiment where he served as a machine gunner with the M-249. In 2015 he tried out for the 1-506 reconnaissance platoon in HHC where he served as a scout and the platoon’s RTO until the end of his enlistment in January 2017.  After separating from the Army, Daniel attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He graduated with honors and a BA in History in 2021. In the fall Daniel will be attending graduate school at East Carolina University to receive his Master of Arts in Maritime Studies and Underwater Archaeology. After graduation from East Carolina University, Daniel plans on becoming a maritime archaeologist focusing his research efforts on the Second World War and working with The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

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Dear 506th Scholarship Committee,

First and foremost, I would like to thank the 506th Infantry Regiment Association. I am extremely humbled and honored to have been selected as a 2021 scholarship recipient. My time in the 506th made me into the man I am today, forging my attitudes of endurance during the hard times and learning to do whatever it takes to have your buddy’s back. The funds will greatly assist my graduate studies in Maritime Studies and Underwater Archaeology at East Carolina University. While at ECU I will work with The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to help try to bring home MIA servicemen, of which there are many thousands still missing. A vast majority of those MIA were lost at sea, where I plan to use my learned skills in maritime archaeology to assist in the recovery of their remains to bring them home for the respect, honor, and remembrance that they deserve.  Currahee!