Friends from the 5th Group Special Forces Scholarship Fund

unnamed 4Cheryl Carter, Janea Hiser, Ophelia and I went to the scholarship award ceremony on July 6 at Ft. Campbell. It was as inspiring and moving as 2016. Last year $100,000 was given out but because of an increase from the Legion Fund, $130,000 was awarded this year. And we were truly overwhelmed when the Legion Fund’s generosity was lavishly praised by the Group commander, Col. Leahy, and Chris Spence, the head of 5th Group Special Forces Scholarship Fund.

We heard heartwarming stories from numerous parents. Some examples are: a fourth daughter couldn’t have gone to college without her grant and her mother was ecstatic she could apply next year; a senior majoring in international studies couldn’t have done a semester in Moscow without the grant; a retired master sergeant was able to get a daughter through Auburn and she is now pursuing an advanced degree in education; a single parent daughter is able to complete her ABSN at a community college before going on to nursing school; and, too many others to relate here. I wish I could tell all of them.

Similar to last year, the Green Beret offspring were presented over-sized checks (see photo above). As required for security reasons when we received the picture of the group their names were blurred. This is further proof of the danger that the families of these brave Green Berets face.

Gratefully,

George Paine

 

Thanks to your generosity, more than 40 5th Group dependents were awarded scholarships.

The amounts awarded and schools attended by SF Scholarship recipients include:

(names expunged for security reasons)

$5000          East Carolina University

$3500          University of Tennessee Knoxville

$3500          Murray State University

$3000          Dental College of Georgia

$3000          Texas A&M

$3000          University of Alabama

$3000          University of Tennessee Chattanooga

$3000          UNC Charlotte

$3000          Dartmouth

$2500          South College Knoxville

$2500          Auburn University

$2500          Belmont University

$2500          Murray State University

$2500          Middle Tennessee State University

$2500          Morehead State University

$2500          University of Tennessee Chattanooga

$2500          University of Alabama

$2500          University of South Florida

$2500          Appalachian State University

$2500          Murray State University

$2500          Coastal Carolina University

$2500          UNC Wilmington

$2500          United States Military Academy

$2500          Austin Peay State University

$2500          University of Kentucky

$2000          Johnson and Wales University

$2000          University of Tennessee Knoxville

$2000          University of Tennessee Knoxville

$2000          University of Toledo

$2000          Indiana University

$2000          Texas A&M

$2000          Otterbein University

$2000          Carson Newman University

$1500          Austin Peay State University

$1500          Appalachian State University

$1500          Austin Peay State University

$1500          Austin Peay State University

$1500          University of Alabama

$1500          John Abbott College

$1500          Austin Peay State University

$1500          Austin Peay State University

$1500          Arkansas State University

$1500          St. Andrews University