(July 29, 2014) The National Guard Educational Foundation recently awarded college scholarships to 12 children of National Guardsmen who died supporting the war on terrorism. The DRS Guardian Scholarship is funded by DRS Technologies and administered by NGEF. It provides up to $25,000 for four years of study.
The 12 scholarship recipients this year include five who were recipients in the past and seven receiving the scholarship for the first time. Thirty-three scholarships have been awarded since the program was founded in 2011. The deadline for applications each year is June 30. More information is available at www.ngef.org.
The award is a way for DRS Technologies, a defense contractor based in Arlington, Va., to honor the sacrifices of America's Guardsmen. Since 9/11, about 800 Guardsmen have died in the war on terrorism.
The 12 DRS Guardian Scholarship honorees this year are:
- Craig Thurber of Mayetta, Kan., a sophomore at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan. His step-father, Sgt. 1st Class Bernard Lee Deghand, a member of the Kansas Army National Guard, was killed Sept. 15, 2006, in Afghanistan;
- Leah Marchanti of Baltimore, a junior at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Her father, Maj. Robert Marchanti II, was killed Feb. 25, 2012, in Afghanistan;
- Ian Marchanti, a sophomore at Towson University near Baltimore. He is a son of Robert Marchanti II;
- Jonah Marchanti of Baltimore a freshman at Community College of Baltimore County in Essex, Md. His father was Robert Marchanti II;
- Alexander William Bauer, a senior at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. His father, Sgt. Maj. John Michael Bauer of the Minnesota Army National Guard, died of cancer Nov. 24, 2005, after a deployment in support of the war in Iraq;
- Jennifer Seyler of New Haven, Conn., a student at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. Her father, 1st Sgt. David Seyler of the Connecticut Army Guard, died of brain cancer May 10, 2009, after serving in support of the war in Iraq;
- Tyler Adams of Jacksonville, N.C., a junior at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. His father, Sgt. Roger Leeroy Adams Jr. of the North Carolina Army Guard died June 29, 2009, of wounds sustained in Iraq;
- Michelle Frances Culver of El Dorado, Ark., a junior at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Her father, Maj. Ronald Wayne Culver Jr. of the Louisiana Army Guard was killed May 24, 2010, in Iraq;
- Erin McLaughlin of Mercer, Pa., a freshman at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. Her father, Lt. Col. Michael Eric McClaughlin of the Pennsylvania Army Guard was killed Jan. 5, 2006, in Iraq;
- Kylie Ann Owen of Sapulpa, Okla., a freshman at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. Her father, Staff Sgt. Kirk Avery Owen of the Oklahoma Army Guard was killed Aug. 2, 2011, in Afghanistan;
- Shelby Necole Summers of Prairieville, La., a student at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. Her father, Sgt. 1st Class Severin W. Summers III of the Mississippi Army Guard, was killed Aug. 2, 2009, in Afghanistan; and
- Shata Ciara Johnson of South Chesterfield, Va., a sophomore at John Tyler Community College in Chesterfield, Va. Her father, Staff Sgt. Darryl Booker of the Virginia Army Guard, was killed Jan. 20, 2007, in Iraq.