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March 2017
Dear Shipmate,

It's that time of year again - your chance to shine!  2017 marks the seventeenth year of our Scholarship Program, and I am pleased to tell you that the program has never been stronger, thanks to your unrelenting and active support.  Over the past sixteen years, your collective giving has yielded $82,000 in scholarships, helping some 43 students achieve their educational goals.  Awards have been presented to some 17 NROTC midshipmen, seven Seaman to Admiral (STA-21) Program Officer Candidates, nine Marines in the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP), and ten descendants of Association members.  In 2016, your generous giving enabled us, for the second consecutive year, to award 4 scholarships, including 2 to descendants of our members.  This year, I trust your unwavering support will enable us to continue or perhaps even exceed that number of awards.  By the way, last year your Scholarship Committee voted unanimously, and the Board of Directors approved, to designate our descendant scholarship the Captain Kent R. Siegel Memorial Scholarship, in memory of our recently departed shipmate and former Scholarship Committee Chair.  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 (

Sadly, health reasons precluded my making any 2016 scholarship presentations as I have done for the past 11 years, however, I do want to publicly thank Bill Stankiewicz, Don Elliott, and Art Tilley for stepping forward and volunteering to make presentations in Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Idaho, and Maryland on your behalf.   Since most of you will never experience first-hand the pride one feels when presenting these awards, I invite and encourage each of you to instead provide the financial support that makes the scholarships possible.  Clearly, the program cannot succeed without you - indeed, it requires an annual fresh input of $8000 to sustain four annual awards.   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: Frank Berglas - Treasurer  63 Barnes Rd, Stamford, CT 06902-1201.  You can be confident that your donation will make a difference for some very deserving students.  I offer these comments from 2016 recipients:

"(my grandfather) would be humbled to know that I am receiving this award in his name.  I am overwhelmed by your generosity and humbled to know that I have the support of such an amazing organization."
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"I accept your generosity and hope one day to pay it forward.  Thank you for your service, your dedication, and your vested care for our nation's future."
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"This award significantly helps me to attain my goal of becoming an officer in the United States Navy.  I look forward to making the Association proud throughout my naval career."

Bottom line - your involvement is critical to our success.  Invest now in our future generations.  I thank each of you in advance for being a part of this very important outreach which provides vital financial support for members of our Navy, Marine Corps, and Little Rock families.   Please give generously!


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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