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March 2016

Dear Shipmate,

2016! Spring is hopefully coming soon. That means it’s time once again to focus on and re-charge our Scholarship Fund. Over the last fifteen years, your collective efforts have resulted in $74,000 in scholarships, which have supported some 39 students in achieving their educational goals. Awards have been presented to some 16 NROTC midshipmen, seven Seaman to Admiral (STA-21) Program Officer Candidates, eight Marines in the Marine enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP), and eight descendants of Association members. Last year was truly outstanding – your generous giving enabled us for the first time to award 4 scholarships, including 2 to descendants of our members. With your support, I would like to sustain or surpass that level of awards for this year. By the way, if you have children, grandchildren, or great grandchildren in college, make them aware of this financial opportunity and encourage them to apply. For more information on descendant scholarship eligibility, see the scholarship section of the Association’s website (

To meet the goal I outlined above requires an annual fresh input of $8000. I am confident that your generous support will surpass your level of giving in 2015 and enable us to meet that goal. Please send in your tax-deductible donation – in whatever amount is comfortable for you. Checks should be made out to “USS Little Rock Association Scholarship Fund” and mailed to Treasurer Frank Berglas at 63 Barnes Rd, Stamford, CT 06902-1201.

Every year I visit colleges and universities to represent you and make scholarship presentations on your behalf. I truly wish each of you could have the same opportunity. Instead, I invite you once again to provide the financial support that makes these scholarships possible and fund this vital outreach of our Association. I assure you that your giving can support no greater good than helping these young students who are the future leaders of our Navy and Marine Corps, and some who are members of our own USS Little Rock family. I offer these words written about and by our 2015 recipients:

“… plans to serve as a nuclear Surface Warfare Officer... career path greatly influenced by grandfather’s decision to serve on the USS Little Rock… this scholarship acknowledges the impact that my grandfather’s service has had on my life.”

“This award will enable me to focus on my education with less financial burden…. I took on an internship with a State Representative at the Capitol this semester, and used some of the money to cover miscellaneous expenses.”

“I plan on using the scholarship to pay for some of my expensive higher-level math courses in the summer in my pursuit of a minor in Mathematics along with my major in Mechanical Engineering.”

“I am honored to have been selected. Thank you for your generosity.”

One of our descendant recipients, after observing his father and a shipmate reminisce, noted that “it was apparent that {Little Rock} had a profound effect on their lives.” I think we would all agree. So why not have a profound effect on the lives of others by giving generously to your Scholarship Fund? Please do it today!


                                                                   Robert M. Baker
                                                                   Vice President, Scholarships

Your tax-deductible check to support the Scholarship Program
may be mailed to our Association Treasurer a

c/o Frank Berglas
63 Barnes Road
Stamford, CT 06902-120


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