AUSA’s Woodfill Chapter awards four scholarships to children of soldiers 


Four Army soldier offspring received $1,000 college scholarships from the Association of the United States Army’s Maj. Samuel Woodfill Chapter.

The 41 applications received were judged based on high school grades and activities, recommendations from school officials and others, as well as a 500-word theme paper.

The parents are veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Three of the awardees are from Kentucky and one is from Ohio. This is the third year for the chapter scholarship program.

The awardees were:

  • Lauren Whitney Akins, Conner Senior High School, Hebron, Ky. Her father is Julian S. Akins, a retired Army sergeant first class and OIF and OEF veteran.
  • Amber Danae Cochran, Fort Knox High School, Ky. Her father is Army Spc. Tony Cochran, an OIF veteran.
  • Alexandra Nicole Hill, William Mason High School, Mason, Ohio. Her father is Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Matthew Luther, an OIF veteran.
  • Katie Marie Tolbert, St. John District High School, Erlanger, Ky. Her father is Maj. Jerry L. Tolbert, USAR, a veteran of OIF and OEF.

The Maj. Samuel Woodfill Chapter has more than 400 individual and corporate members in southwestern Indiana, northern Kentucky and southern Ohio. The Woodfill Chapter is active in its area providing support for its soldiers, Army veterans and families.

Each year noncommissioned officers from each Army component and Army ROTC cadets from six area universities are honored.

This past year, its Soldier and Family Support Committee provided direct financial support to more than 50 soldier and veteran families.

The chapter also works with area Army Reserve and Army National Guard units and Army recruiters. It also has close associations with the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, the Dayton VA Medical Center and Blue Star Mothers of America.