The 506th Association was able to award four $1,000 scholarships thanks, in part, to the generosity of Gene Overton, Carol Sullivan and John Lally. Gene, Carol and John have agreed to fund named awards within our scholarship program. Gene's award will be The Eugene and Marilyn Overton Scholarship Award, Carol's award will be named The NAVILLUS Foundation Award, while John's will be the Marcia and John Lally Service Award. Our fourth 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.
Winner of the Eugene and Marilyn Overton Scholarship Award
Carly Bush, is the proud granddaughter of Fred Strauser, HHC, 2nd BN, 506 Infantry who served at Fort Campbell. She was born December 24th, 1996 and grew up in Wentzville, Missouri. In 2015, Carly graduated Summa Cum Laude from Timberland High School. During her four years at Timberland High School, Carly became a Missouri State Cheerleading Champion, maintained a 4.0, and was crowned Prom Queen her senior year. Since High School, Carly began college at University of Missouri- St. Louis. Carly is on track to graduate a semester early while also obtaining an Honors College certificate from the Pierre Laclede Honors College. While going to nursing school full time, Carly is also working at Barnes Jewish Hospital in the Emergency Department, which is a Level One Trauma Center in St. Louis, Missouri. She has three semesters remaining before she is Carly Bush, RN- BSN. After Carly graduates with her undergraduate nursing degree, she plans to continue her education by going to graduate school to become a DNP- Doctorate of Nurse Practitioner.
Winner of The NAVILLUS Award
Amelia Heckert, was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, and raised in Puyallup, Washington. There, she spent her childhood playing sports as well as becoming involved in school extracurriculars. Lacrosse became the focus, and Amelia played varsity lacrosse for 4 years, and was selected as captain her senior year. She was the third of her siblings to graduate from Emerald Ridge high school with high honors. She was in the graduating class of 2015. Jake, 23, and Benjamin, 26, a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army, currently serving with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment , also attended Emerald Ridge. Amelia is at the midpoint of her undergrad studies at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. She was recently admitted to the School of Social work where she plans to obtain a Bachelor’s of Social Work, begin working along with pursuing a master’s degree.
Winner of the Currahee Scholarship
The 506th Association has selected Jordan Rosemore from Adams, Tennessee as the recipient of the $1,000 Currahee Scholarship award for 2017. Jordan and her family moved to Clarksville, Tennessee where her father 1SG (ret) Myron “Mike” Rosemore served with C Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment. Jordan attended Jo Byrns High School; she held many leadership positions in various clubs, including Senior Beta Club, Drama Club, and Student Government. When she graduated in the spring of 2017, she held a title of distinction and Honors. Upon graduation, Jordan had completed 30 hours of transferrable college credit through high school dual enrollment.
Jordan plans to attend Tennessee Tech University in the fall, with a major of PreOccupational Therapy. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, Jordan will attend graduate school in order to become a licensed Occupational Therapist.
Winner of the John and Marcia Lally Service Award
Stephen Taylor grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He earned his B.S. in Biology from James Madison University in 2012. After graduating, he became a Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural community in northern Mozambique. In addition to teaching high school biology, English, and information technology, he organized student health promotion activities and computer literacy classes for adults in the community. Upon his return to the United States in 2014, he worked a brief stint as a pharmacy technician. In 2015, he moved to the Washington, D.C. metro area to begin his current role helping to administer a $7 million animal infectious disease research program with the Department of Agriculture. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Biodefense at George Mason University. Upon graduation, he aims to work in international health security and implement countermeasures against emerging infectious disease threats in developing countries.