Our 2012 scholarship awards continue to be triple that of 2010 thanks, in part, to the generosity of Gene Overton and Carol Sullivan. Both Gene and Carol have agreed to fund named awards within our scholarship program. Gene's award will be called The Eugene and Marilyn Overton Scholarship Award, while Carol's award will be named The NAVILLUS Foundation Award. Our third scholarship award is the Currahee Award and is funded by the 506th Association membership along with friends of the Association.
The NAVILLUS Foundation is a family foundation that was headed by Lee and Carol Sullivan. Lee has passed away and Carol has decided to continue funding this scholarship in order to honor Lee and the men who served in his Company. This award is dedicated to Lee Sullivan and the members of B Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry who served in the Republic of Vietnam during 1969 and 1970.
Gene Overton served in C Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry at Fort Campbell and the Republic of Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. Gene is also the co-founder of the 506th Association and he, along with his wife Marilyn, have donated an untold amount of time, energy, and money to further the goals of the Association. This award is dedicated to all who served with C Company from 1967 to 1968.
The 506th Association Scholarship Committee selected Terri Easter as the winner of the $1,000 NAVILLUS Foundation Award for 2012. Terri is a student at the University of Kentucky, pursuing a Bachelors in International Studies, with a focus on human rights and movements in the Middle East and North Africa, with the ultimate goal of becoming a Foreign Service Officer. She is a participant in several clubs on campus, including Students Helping Honduras and the Arabic Club, and is a recent inductee of the Phi Sigma Theta Honor society. Terri will be conducting research on violent coups and civil conflict in the fall. Terri's father is SGM Terry D. Easter of HHC, 4th BCT, 506th Infantry Regiment (Currahee).
The following letter is from Terri:
The 506th Association Scholarship Committee selected Aleia Judd as the winner of the $1,000 Currahee Award for 2012. Aleia is a graduate of Florida State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry. She is currently attending the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in Memphis and expects to graduate in 2015. At UT Aleia participates in numerous health screening events where patients' blood pressure and blood glucose are checked and the patients are counseled on the values collected. Aleia is the national correspondent officer for her pharmacy fraternity Phi Delta Chi. She is also in the process of helping to establish a new committee for the Academy of Student Pharmacists at UT that reaches out to kids in middle and high school in order to warn them of the dangers of abusing prescription drugs. While classes have ended for the summer, Aleia is busy gaining experience through an introductory rotation at an Institutional and a Community pharmacy in Nashville. Aleia is the daughter of CSM Charles Judd who served with the 1-506th (Red Currahees). (Pictured above CSM Charles Judd and Aleia Judd)
The following letter is from Aleia:
I want to give you my deepest and most sincere thanks for selecting me as a 2012 Scholarship Recipient. My family and I were a part of the Currahee organization for about five years, survived two deployments, and made many friends through FRG functions. My father always speaks highly of his time in the Currahees, and I know my experiences through this organization will be ones that I keep with me forever. I am truly grateful that the 506th is helping me in my pursuit of a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Tennessee at Memphis. With this degree I hope to give back to the military community by being a clinical pharmacist in a post hospital.
Again thank you so much for selecting me for the honor of representing the 506th as a 2012 scholarship recipient.
The 506th Association Scholarship Committee selected Gabrielle Guarnere from Broomall, Pennsylvania, as the winner of the $1,000 Marilyn and Eugene Overton Scholarship Award for 2012. Gabrielle was born and raised outside of Philadelphia. She graduated from Marple Newtown high school in 2009, where she maintained a 3.5 Grade Point Average. While in high school, Gabrielle was a member of the dance team, played lacrosse, and in her free time enjoyed playing the piano. She has just finished her third year at Immaculata University, Immaculata PA. Gabrielle will be graduating in May of 2013 with a BSN. She is looking forward to a rewarding career as a registered nurse. Gabrielle is the granddaughter of SGT William J. (Wild Bill) Guarnere who served in E Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th PIR during WWII.
Dear 506th Scholarship Committee,
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere appreciation for being selected to be one of the 2012 506th Association Scholarship recipients. My family and I are truly honored. My grandfather Wild Bill Guarnere of E company 506 would also like to thank you. I greatly appreciate your generosity and support as I enter into my senior year at Immaculata University for nursing. You are helping me to pursue my dreams.