The 506th Association College Scholarship Program was initiated from donations by SFC(R) Joseph F. Foster, Jr. (HHC, 2nd BN, 1969-1970) and SSG(R) Melissa D. Snock. It has since grown to the six scholarships. The Association will award one $1,000 scholarship, two $1,500 scholarships and one $2,000 scholarship thanks in part to the generosity of Carol Sullivan, Marilyn Overton, John Lally, Clayton Paulding and Colin Kelly. Carol, Marilyn, Clayton, John and Colin have agreed to fund named awards within our scholarship program.
The $1,000 CPT Luke Wullenwaber Memorial Scholarship Award: CPT Luke Wullenwaber served with the 1/506th Infantry from 2002-2004 in Korea and then Iraq. He was KIA on November 16, 2004 when a suicide bomber detonated his device nearby.Luke was a true inspiration and commanded the respect of all he served with - officers and enlisted alike. He still serves as a daily inspiration to those that were lucky enough to know him, and this scholarship is one of the ways that we commemorate what a wonderful human being he was.
$1,500 NAVILLUS Foundation Award is a family foundation that is headed by Carol Sullivan. Lee Sullivan 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.
The $2,000 Marcia and John Lally Service Award is to honor all Currahees who have served their nation over the last eight decades. John Lally served with A Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry in Vietnam, he served as both the Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the 506th Association.
The $1,500 SPC Edwin Roodhouse Memorial Scholarship Award: SPC Edwin Roodhouse served with the 1/506th Infantry from 2002-2004 in Korea then Iraq. Edwin was KIA on Dec. 5, 2004 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee in Habbaniyah, Iraq. He was beloved by his fellow Currahees as a wise and kind person, who was devoted to doing hispart to support the team. He loved to read and engage in philosophical discussions - this scholarship is dedicated in his honor.
$1,000 Gene Overton Memorial Scholarship was not awarded in 2021. Gene Overton served in C Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry at Fort Campbell and the Republic of Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. Gene was 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. Marilyn continues with this tradition by funding Gene's scholarship.
The $1,500 Currahee Scholarship was not awarded in 2021.
If you are interested in funding a named scholarship through the 506th Association Scholarship Program please forward a letter of intent to the Scholarship Committee Chairman at the address provided in the scholarship rules. If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund go to the overhead menu in our web site and choose "Programs and Giving", then "Online Donation" or "Donation Form for mail-in donations.
If you would like to apply, or sponsor a family member for a 506th Association College Scholarship please see the rules on our home page under Programs>Charitable Programs> Scholarship.
2021 Scholarship Winners !
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:
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.
Izabel Kane - Winner of the $1,000 CPT Luke Wallenwaber Memorial Award
The 506th Association has selected Isabel Kane as the recipient of the $1,000 CPT Luke Wallenwaber Memorial Award for 2021. Isabel is attending the University of Wisconsin at River Falls this year where she will major in Business with an emphasis on Finance. Her acceptance letter to the Scholarship Committee reads:
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.
(Izabel Kane 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.)
The 506th Association has selected Eric Vickers as the recipient of the $1,500 Marcia and John Lally Service Award for 2021. Eric is attending CPT Luke Wallenwaber Memorial Award for 2021. Isabel is attending the University of Wisconsin at River Falls this year where she will major in Business with an emphasis on Finance. Her acceptance letter to the Scholarship Committee reads:
I 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 AwardDaniel 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.
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!