AUSA Announces 2018 Scholarship Awards
The Association of the U.S. Army is announcing the award of 22 national scholarships for 2018 valued at over $100,000.
Eight SMA Leon Van Autreve Scholarships are awarded in honor of the former sergeant major of the Army who died in 2002.
A $25,000 Van Autreve scholarship is awarded to Army Reserve Lt. Col. Lisa Boden Felchle of Woodbridge, Va., who is working on a doctorate in clinical psychology, which she started in 2017. “My long-term career goals include working as a clinical psychologist for either a military hospital or a Veteran Affairs hospital,” said Boden Felchle, a Wisconsin native whose husband is an active-duty soldier. “My combat experience, understanding of military culture and experience as a dependent will make me a successful psychologist for the military population.”
A $10,000 Van Autreve scholarship is awarded to Army ROTC Cadet Connor Lewis of Fayetteville, N.C., who is attending the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He wants to be a logistics officer. He is studying economics, but says, “Before an NCO reading this has a stroke, I do not intend to whip my degree around and act like I know everything. Rather, I want to use all of the skills I have developed learning economics in college to learn from my NCOs.”
A $5,000 Van Autreve scholarship is awarded to Micaela Mersch of Troy, Texas, a student at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. “She is a solid student with great potential,” writes one of her professors. “Michaela is exactly the type of student who should be encouraged, and a scholarship is a true vote of confidence in her future.”
Five Van Autreve scholarships of $2,000 each are awarded. The recipients are: Kai Esquerra of Killeen, Texas, a student at the University of Houston; Sgt. 1st Class Yadriana Kavitz, a 14-year veteran assigned to Fort Belvoir, Va.; Sgt. 1st First Class Mike Nelson of the Utah Army National Guard; retired Sgt. Dustin Shryock, an Iraq veteran attending New York University’s Stern School of Business; and Makenzie Wolf of Woodbridge, Va., a military family member studying organismal and environmental biology at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va.
Two Joseph P. and Helen T. Cribbins Scholarships of $10,000 each are awarded to students completing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. The Cribbins were longtime supporters of AUSA and the Army. The recipients are Allyson Ruch of Madison, Ala., a biomedical science student at Auburn University and military family member who wants to go to dental school; and Army Reserve Pfc. Takunda Masike, an ROTC cadet at the University of Washington-Seattle, who is studying electrical engineering and applied mathematics.
Three Nicholas D. Chabraja Scholarships of $5,000 each are also awarded for science, technology, engineering and math, named for a former AUSA Chairman of the Council of Trustees. The recipients, each a military family member, are: Luke Dixon of Blossvale, N.Y., a mechanical engineering student at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y.; Christine Stuhn of Elgin, S.C., a nursing student at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort; and Jasmine T. Waring of Columbia, S.C., a pre-med student at Howard University in Washington, D.C., who wants to become a pediatric physician or surgeon.
Two Gen. Jack N. Merritt Scholarships, each $5,000, are awarded in the name of the former AUSA president. Cadet Emily Hummell, a member of the West Virginia University Army ROTC working toward a biochemistry degree, and Henri Rosser of Abingdon, Md., a student at Temple University’s Fox School of Business Management, are the 2018 recipients.
Four professional development scholarships, each $2,000, are awarded to Army Reserve Maj. Jesus Cruz, Pfc. Miracle Ellison, John Ronkainen and Arizona National Guard Spc. William Vinueza-Daly.
Cruz is a professor of military science at California State University, Fullerton; Ellison is an Army pharmacy technician at Fort Hood, Texas; Ronkainen is a University of Kentucky student studying mechanical engineering; and Vinueza-Daly is a combat signal support systems specialist and database administrator in Tucson, Ariz., working on an information technology degree from Grand Canyon University.
Three $2,000 scholarships are awarded to help pay off college debt. New Hampshire National Guard Sgt. Michael Bichrest; Air Force 2nd Lt. Megan Morrissey of Grand Rapids, Minn.; and Army veteran and now Army civilian Edwin Westbook of El Paso, Texas, receive the scholarships.
Three additional ROTC scholarships of $4,000 each were awarded earlier this year.