And the Winners are...

8 years ago

The Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (SHGTUS), is proud to announce the 2012 education scholarship award winners. The recipients of the annual Neale Cosby Scholarship, Adam Dickmyer Memorial Scholarship, and SHGTUS Freedom Scholarship awards were selected from many applicants based primarily on their essays relating to the essence of the respective scholarship. Without further ado, the winners are…

Neale Cosby Scholarship

The recipient of the 11th annual Neale Cosby Scholarship is Noah Compton. Noah was sponsored by former Tomb Guard and SHGTUS Member Brian Compton, and the proud father of Noah.

Noah is a high school student from Tacoma, Washington. He will use his award to get a jump-start on his college education by taking courses at Tacoma Community College. On winning the award, he said:

I am incredibly proud that a group as respected as the Tomb Guards, who hold high expectations for themselves and others, decided that my future was worth investing their support. I am grateful to the Tomb Guards for giving me this opportunity.

The Neale Cosby Scholarship was founded in 2002 in honor of former Tomb Guard and SHGTUS Founder Neale Cosby. The scholarship is open to current and former Tomb Guards and their family members.

Adam Dickmyer Memorial Scholarship

The recipient of the inaugural Adam Dickmyer Memorial Scholarship is Matt Kreeb. Matt is a former Tomb Guard and Chairman of the SHGTUS Bereavement Committee. He resides in Fisher, Illinois, and is an aspiring Christian minister. On receiving the award, he said:

I am honored to be the inaugural recipient of the Adam Dickmyer Memorial Scholarship. And having served alongside Adam at the Tomb make this occasion particularly special. Adam’s legacy lives on, in part, through this scholarship by supporting Tomb Guards pursuing higher education. It goes to an ideal use as I am preparing for Christian ministry through seminary studies. This scholarship is a critical element that will help fund the completion of my masters degree in 2013. I truly appreciate the support of the scholarship and am challenged to reflect Adam’s legacy in my education.

The Adam Dickmyer Memorial Scholarship was founded in 2010 in honor of former Tomb Guard and SHGTUS Member Adam Dickmyer. He was killed in action in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. The scholarship is open to current and former Tomb Guards.

SHGTUS Freedom Scholarship

The recipient of the inaugural SHGTUS Freedom Scholarship is Tara Ryan. Tara was sponsored by former Tomb Guard and SHGTUS Board Member Dann G. Druen (me).

Tara resides in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, and is an aspiring Funeral Director. She will use the award to continue her studies at the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service. Here is an excerpt from her thesis:

With the assistance from the scholarship I would be able to help assist in preserving memories of those lost and the significance in honoring them. Not only would the scholarship provide me with the ability to pursue my dreams while integrating the knowledge and history I have learned about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It would instill that the men and women like Sgt. Dickmyer and the 3 Unknown Soldiers gave me the opportunity to take full advantage of freedom they have provided me with.

The SHGTUS Freedom Scholarship was founded in 2012 in memory of all unknown war dead and to increase the awareness of the mission of SHGTUS. The scholarship is open to all United States citizens who have an affinity for the SHGTUS mission.

You can learn more about the SHGTUS here, and more about the education scholarships here.

Written by Dann G. Druen

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