USS LITTLE ROCK ASSOCIATION
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
AWARD WINNERS

Page last updated: 28 October 2017


THE ASSOCIATION: The USS LITTLE ROCK Association is a not-for-profit organization with an IRC 501 (C19) tax status, incorporated in New York State.  Its membership is comprised primarily of veterans of service in USS LITTLE ROCK (CL 92) from 1945 to 1949, or the ship's modernized configuration  USS LITTLE ROCK (CLG 4 / CG 4) from 1960 to 1976.

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The USS LITTLE ROCK Association Scholarship Program was initiated in 2001.


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Scholarship Program Winners

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2016


First NROTC Winner
SSGT James Armstrong USMC
Washington State University


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Don Elliott presents a USS Little Rock Association scholarship to Staff Sergeant James M. Armstrong

Scholarship Committee member Don Elliott visited the University of Idaho campus in Moscow, Idaho on September 23rd, 2016 to present a USS Little Rock Association scholarship to Staff Sergeant James M. Armstrong, USMC, who was the top NROTC winner for 2016.
 
SSGT Armstrong is enrolled in the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) at Washington State University, a cross-town NROTC affiliate of the University of Idaho, and has maintained an exceptional 3.76 GPA as a civil engineering major.   He is married and the proud father of three boys, a veteran of two combat deployments, a distinguished graduate of both the USMC Corporals and Sergeants course, and former NCO of the Quarter, and NCO of the Year for Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendleton, CA. 

SSGT Armstrong has excelled as a mentor and example to others within his NROTC unit, as well as within the local community supporting veterans groups, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Toys-for-Tots, the Mission Montessori School, and the River View church.  In his CO's words, "SSGT Armstrong  is our top MECEP Marine who has continually impressed my staff and the university leadership with his maturity, work ethic, leadership, and professionalism."

After briefing the NROTC battalion regarding the USS Little Rock Association, our ship, the new Little Rock, and his personal experiences and duties aboard Little Rock as member of GM division, Don presented SSGT Armstrong with a framed certificate and a check for $1000, noting that another $1000 would be forthcoming next academic year.  Don reported he had a terrific time making the presentation, and looks forward to future presentations.

In July 2016 the Association received the following note from SGT Armstrong:

Sgt. Armstrong "Thank You" note
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Second NROTC Winner
MIDN 3/C Stephen Garrova
Drexel University

MIDN Garrova & Bill Stankewitz

USS little Rock Association President Bill Stankiewitz
with Midshipman Stephen Garrova


During the week of 26-30 September, my wife Mary, and I traveled to Philadelphia, PA for the purpose of presenting the first of two checks to Midshipman Stephen Garrova together with a plaque commemorating the occasion of the USS Little Rock Association's scholarship.

The presentation ceremony occurred on Wednesday morning 28 September 2017 at the weekly lab period of the entire Battalion.
 

While Midshipman Garrova is a student at Drexel University, the Battalion meets at the Hollenback Center on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.  Drexel and Penn are adjacent to one and other forming what is known as University Center.  The Battalion is comprised of Midshipmen not only from Drexel and Penn, but also LaSalle College and Temple University. Making this presentation was especially meaning- ful to me as I am 1969 graduate of Drexel, then known as Drexel Institute of Technology.
In attendance at the presentation were not only my wife and I, Midshipman Garroza and the entire Battalion but LT Jeffery Quimette, a Naval Aviator, and Marine Colonel Kenneth M. DeTreux, Battalion CO. 

I explained to the Battalion, not only the history of the USS Little Rock Association but its commitment to the education of the future leaders of the Navy. I also told of some of our membership including SECVAV Ray Mabus and his involvement with LCS 9, the future USS Little Rock.  Midshipman Garrova expressed his appreciation to the Association and his commitment to his future education and the United States Navy.

A Note from Midshipman Garrova
University of Pennsylvania
Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corp
Office of the Director
Naval Officer Education Program

USS LITTLE ROCK ASSOCIATION

    Thank you very much for recognizing me as a
recipient of the USS LITTLE ROCK Association scholarship.
This award significantly helps me to attain my goal in
becoming an officer in the United States Navy. It meant
a great deal to me that Mr. Stankiewicz took the time
to travel here and present this award to me in front of
my peers. Once again, thank you for the award and I
look forward to making the association proud throughout my
naval career.

    Very Respctfully,
               //ss//
    MIDN 2/c Stephen Garrova


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First Descendant Winner
Katherine Thompson
Goucher College


Ms. KatherineThompson, Art Tilley

Art Tilley with Miss Katherine R. Thompson

On Saturday, August 27, 2014, my wife and I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with Miss Katherine R. Thompson, her parents Carl and Lisa, and her younger sister Grace. The purpose of our meeting was to present Katherine with a framed USS LITTLE ROCK ASSOCIATION Scholarship certificate, and a check for $1000.  We met, by prior arrangement at a mutually convenient restaurant in historic Sharpsburg, MD.

Miss Thompson, the grand-daughter of Pegge and Frank Lapore, is a Business Management and Administration student at Goucher College in Towson, MD where she, as a junior, is in the top 20% of her class. Her goal after receiving her degree from Goucher is to "obtain a Master's Degree in Human Resources and/or Homeland Security and National Intelligence", followed by her PhD.

In addition to her studies, Katherine's other activities include Field Hockey and Track and Field.  She is the President of the Student Empowerment Association at Goucher College, and serves on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Recently she has served as a YMCA Camp Counselor and is certified as a Professional Rescuer by the American Health and Safety Institute.

This Fall semester Katherine is planning to study abroad in Torino, Italy, focusing on international business and cross-cultural communication.

After an enjoyable lunch together Katherine and her family, as well as Jane and I, drove over to Antietam National Cemetery for short visit and a brief photo opportunity. We parted knowing that Katherine's intellect, enthusiasm and pleasant manner will ensure her success in the years to come.

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Second Descendant Winner
Priscilla Symmes
Mississippi State University
 
Miss Symmes is the grand-daughter of Alfred King
and is the sister of 2015 winner Lauren Symmes
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Bill with Ms. Priscilla Symmes

Ms. Priscilla Symmes receives a USS Little Rock Scholarship
from Association President Bill Stankiewicz


Bill writes: On Friday, 26 August, 2016 I travelled to Starkville, MS to present a USS Little Rock Association Captain Kent R. Siegel Memorial Scholarship to Ms. Priscilla Symmes, granddaughter of Alfred King, a CL 92 crewmember. Ms. Symmes is a sophomore Chemical Engineering student at Mississippi State University.  She is the sister of Lauren Symmes, a previous winner of this scholarship.

Prior to the award presentation, I joined Dr. Bill Elmore, Director of the David C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering for lunch at a local restaurant where we discussed the USS Little Rock Association's priorities and its work with respect to assisting legacy and Naval Officer training and education.
 
A reception was held in the offices of Dr. Elmore.  In attendance, in addition to Pricilla, me and Dr. Elmore, were Priscilla's mother and several student friends. During my brief opening remarks, I stressed the Association's  commitment to education and the fact that one of our members and a former shipmate is Ray Mabus, currently Secretary of the Navy and former Governor of the State of Mississippi.  Whereupon one attendee pointed out that Mr. Mabus was a graduate of the University of Mississippi, their arch-rival.  None-the-less, the mood was not darkened and the atmosphere was most convivial.
 
Ms. Symmes plans on a career in the petro-chemical industry.  Based on her success to date, I'm certain she will a remarkable addition to that vital industry.  The Association can take great pride in the fact that we contribute to the achievements of so many bright, capable young adults.

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On 12 September 2016 the Association received the following note from Ms. Priscilla Symmes:


Ms.Symmes Note Of Thanks
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2015


Descendant Winner
Chase Piker
Colorado State University


Piker Group Photo

Left to right...   Dr. Michael Carolan,  Elva (Chase's grandmother),  Chase Piker,
Larry Carlson (presenter from the USS Little Rock Association), Emma (Chase's girlfriend),
Dale Piker (Chase's father and USS Little Rock Association plank owner)

USS LITTLE ROCK SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION REPORT

Chase is the son of Dale Piker, an Association life member and CLG-4 Plankowner who served aboard in 1960-61.  A USMC veteran, Chase deployed to Afghanistan and served as a military police advisor to the Afghan Uniformed Police in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Chase is currently a Dean's list student at Colorado State University, majoring in sociology with a concentration in criminology/criminal justice, with a GPA of 3.96, preparing for a career in law enforcement.

On September 9th, 2015, Association member Larry Carlson and his wife Pam met with Dale and Chase for  breakfast at a local restaurant in Fort Collins.  They then met in Dr. Michael Carolan's office (Chair, Department of Sociology) on the Colorado State campus where Larry presented Chase with a framed certificate and a check for $1000.

A "Thank You" note from Chase Piker....
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Chase Piker Thank You Letter


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Descendant Winner
Lauren Symmes
University of Alabama, Birmingham


Lauren Symmes Photo

Pictured left to right are Lauren's mother, Susan Symmes, daughter of Alfred G. King, Jr. who served
on CL 92 from 1946 to 1949; Jeff Symmes, Lauren's father, a retired Air Force Aeronautical Engineer;
Lauren Symmes, scholarship recipient; and Bill Stankiewicz, President of the Association.

USS LITTLE ROCK SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION REPORT

Lauren is the granddaughter of the late Alfred King, an Association life member and crewmember of CL-92.  She is a Dean's list student (GPA 3.77) attending the University of Alabama, Birmingham on a presidential academic scholarship, pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.  She has been accepted to the Navy's Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate (NUPOC) Program, and plans to serve as a nuclear Surface Warfare Officer upon graduation and commissioning in 2016.

On September 10th, 2015 Association President Bill Stankiewicz visited the University of Alabama, Birmingham campus and presented Lauren with a framed certificate and a check for $1000.  At the presentation, Dr. Littlefield, her Department Head revealed that as an undergraduate, he applied for the admission to the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program, the same program for which Lauren was accepted.  He was rejected.  It speaks well for the candidates we choose for our scholarship program. Lauren will begin Officer's Candidate School in Newport, RI on July 10, 2016.  Bill invited her to attend our reunion in Providence, and she was thrilled at the invite and will attend if possible.  The UAB School of Engineering also wrote an article about the award, which can be found here: http://www.uab.edu/engineering/home/209-news/1123-family-ties

On October 27, 2017 the Association received
A Photo and Thank You note from Lauren E. Symmes, ENS, US Navy

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NROTC First Winner
Officer Candidate Matthew Harlow
STA-21, University of Idaho

Matthew Harlow Photo

Bob Baker with OC Harlow

USS LITTLE ROCK SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION REPORT

Baker, Harlow and Brown

On October 8th, scholarship committee chair Bob Baker visited the University of Idaho campus in Moscow, Idaho.  After meeting and chatting with Unit Executive Officer, CDR Alex Greig, it was a short walk from the unit spaces to Nicholls Auditorium, where the battalion was meeting for the fall awards ceremony.

Upon arrival, he met and chatted with Captain Mike McClintock, Unit Commanding Officer, and was presented with a unit challenge coin.  A variety of unit awards, including those for academic excellence, physical fitness excellence, community service, drill and rifle team participation were presented to midshipmen, officer candidates in the STA-21 program, and Marines in the Marine Enlisted Commissioned Education Program.  There followed three awards from outside the unit, including the Little Rock scholarship.  After addressing the battalion about our Association, our ship, and the new Little Rock, he presented Officer Candidate Harlow with a framed certificate and a check for $1000.

Officer Candidate Harlow enlisted in the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power Program in 2012, graduated with distinction from Machinist Mate school, and subsequently graduated with distinction from the rigorous Naval Nuclear Power School.  He was selected for the Navy's Seaman to Admiral (STA-21) Program and is now pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Mathematics (GPA 3.60.)  He has served as the Sergeant at Arms for the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and competes in a variety of intramural sports.  He volunteers at the library, the Humane Society, for the Toys for Tots program, Habitat for Humanity, and for highway cleanup projects, as well as for tutoring and assisting classmates.  He will complete the demanding mechanical engineering program in only three years, and will commission as a Submarine Officer in 2017.

A photo session followed, which included 2014 scholarship winner SSGT Robert Brown.

 Bob Baker with OC Harlow and SSGT Brown (2014 winner)


Group Photo

Capt Mike McClintock (CO), SSGT Brown, Bob Baker;
OC Harlow, and CDR Alex Greig (XO)

                                                                                                    
August 18, 2016
Dear Members of the Scholarship Committee,

I am writing to thank you for the generous second installment of the USS Little Rock Association Scholarship awarded to me. I am so fortunate to be a part of the STA-21 program, and am further blessed to receive financial aid from organizations such as the USS Little Rock Association.

My senior year is upon  me and I can't wait to return to Charleston, SC and begin Nuclear Power School and continue my career. The scholarship allows me to put further focus on school and allowed be to mitigate the highly expensive costs of summer courses that are sometimes not fully covered by the STA-21 program.

It is truely increditable to see an organization give back and promote the success and growth of our futur naval leaders. Thank you again, and I am hoping for another visit to our campus in the near future.

                                                                            Very Respectfully,

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                                                                            Matthew T. Harlow
                                                                            Officer Candidate
                                                                            United States Navy


                                                                                                    
November 11th, 2015   

Dear Members of the Scholarship Committee,

I am absolutely honored and grateful to be the recipient of the USS Little Rock Association Scholarship. Getting the news from Commander Greig of the award selection was honestly the highlight of my summer.

While the Navy absolutely takes care of me financially, 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. These classes cost more than the Seaman to Admiral -21 program allots for the summer, so this money will easily cover it.

I assure you, this scholarship is a sound investment. I am always looking to improve my academics, physical ability, and military aptitude to not only better myself, but also the midshipmen around me. This award will only keep me more motivated, disciplined, and committed to becoming an excellent commissioned officer of the United States Navy.

It was a pleasure to have Mr. Baker out here to visit us again, and it truly means so much to have him come out to present the award in person.

Thank you again, not only for the award, but also for your service aboard the USS Little Rock and your dedication to keep the USS Little Rock Association thriving.



                                                                            Very Respectfully,

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                                                                            Matthew T. Harlow
                                                                            Officer Candidate
                                                                            United States Navy



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NROTC Second Winner
Midshipman 2/C Hannah Zachman
NROTC, University of Virginia


Ms. Zachman w/ Bob Baker

Midshipman 2/C Hannah Zachman with Bob Baker

USS LITTLE ROCK SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION REPORT

On September 24th, 2015 scholarship committee chair Bob Baker traveled to Charlottesville, VA, home of the University of Virginia Cavaliers and chatted with NROTC Commanding Officer Captain Mark Black before the early morning drill session.  Then, after speaking to the entire battalion about our Association, our ship, and the new Little Rock, he presented Midshipman Zachman with a framed certificate and a check for $1000.

Midshipman Zachman is the daughter of a U.S. Navy Captain, and the recipient of a Navy Nurse Corps Scholarship.  She is a nurse option midshipman who is pursuing a BS in Nursing.  She has a perfect 4.00 GPA and has been ranked at the top of her NROTC class every semester.  She has served as a squad leader and currently is the Battalion Master Chief, which is the highest ranking position for a 2/C midshipman. According to Captain Black, it is extremely rare for a nurse option midshipman to serve in that capacity.  Her selection clearly reflects her outstanding leadership potential.  She is passionate about physical fitness and has consistently earned an outstanding on the physical readiness test (PRT.)   And, according to Captain Black, Midshipman Zachman is the perfect role model for other midshipmen to emulate. 

Midshipman Zachman will be commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy Nurse Corps upon graduation.

A Thank You note from Midshipman 2/C Hannah Zachman

Thank You Note     Thank You Note 2

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2014

First Navy/Marine Winner 
Midshipman 3/C Zachary R. Jones
NROTC, Oregon State University

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Bob Baker with Midshipman 2/C Zachary Jones

USS LITTLE ROCK SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION REPORT

On Thursday, October 16th, 2014, I visited the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, OR for a Little Rock Association scholarship presentation.  The presentation was scheduled during a 6:00 a.m. lab session for the battalion.  I met and chatted with Captain Richard Wood, CO of the NROTC Unit, and Lieutenant Andrew Gaynor, Aviation Warfare Instructor, who gave me a brief tour of the NROTC facilities prior to the ceremony.   This NROTC unit has just over 100 members, all of whom are midshipmen or officer candidates. 

After briefing the battalion about our organization, ship, Scholarship Program, and the new Little Rock (LCS-9), I presented a framed scholarship certificate, a USS Little Rock Association ball cap, and a check for $1000 to Midshipman 2/C Zachary Jones, who was the top NROTC winner for 2014.   The son of a Navy veteran, MIDN Jones has been ranked first in his class since the beginning of his freshman term.  He maintains a 4.0 cumulative GPA in his major of Chemical Engineering and is active in his NROTC unit, having served as guidon, squad leader, assistant Physical Training Officer, Sword Arch member, Navy Volleyball Team Captain, and Company Executive Officer, as well as volunteering for a variety of community service events including the Benton County Food Drive and the Benton County Book Fair.  He is the President of the Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) Club at Oregon State, and volunteers as a mentor for the science club at the local high school.  In the words of his CO:  "In every way, his performance has been nothing short of stellar."  MIDN Jones hopes to pursue a career in Naval Special Warfare after he is commissioned.   I welcomed him as an honorary member of our Association and advised him that his continued good standing would earn him another $1000 next academic year.   A brief photo session followed the award presentation. 

I am honored to be your representative and present these scholarships in behalf of our organization.  There is no question that your support and our collective efforts are deeply appreciated.  I am appending a thank you email from Captain Wood and one from MIDN Jones.  They speak for themselves.  Please continue to support this program.




The following note was received from MIDN Jones after Bob Baker's presentation:

LCDR Baker,

I want to thank you again for visiting Oregon State University and presenting the scholarship to me at our battalion's weekly leadership lab.  I would like to stress that I am honored to be a recipient of the USS Little Rock Association Scholarship.  I know the selection process was rigorous and filled with many highly qualified individuals and I hope to live up to the honor and prestige of those before me. 

This award is important to me because it reveals the Navy family.  When I joined the NROTC program here at Oregon State University two years ago I had no idea the impact it would have on my life.  So far it has been the best decision I have made and I know that because the friendships I have here will last a lifetime.  Being an honorary member of the USS Little Rock Association only extends this web of friendships.

I will continue to strive for excellence and push my shipmates to do the same, all while keeping in mind the importance of mutual support and encouragement. Please extend my gratitude to the USS Little Rock Association and Scholarship Committee.  Thank you for your service and your continued interest in our nation's future leaders.

Very Respectfully,
MIDN Zach Jones
United States Navy


The following note was received from Captain Robert Wood  shortly after Bob Baker's Oregon State presentation:

LCDR Baker,

Thank you very much for joining us at our morning training lab last Thursday and publicly recognizing MIDN Jones as a recipient of the USS Little Rock Association Scholarship.  MIDN Jones is a very worthy recipient due this recognition but without organizations like the USS Little Rock Association, outstanding future officers like him would not be recognized.  I am very grateful for your efforts in supporting these scholarships and for your willingness to visit units and make the presentation personally.  Your remarks were right on point and it is great for our midshipmen and future officers to learn about the history of the Navy from old guys like us.  

Please pass along my thanks to all of the members of the USS Little Rock Association.

Sincerely and Very Respectfully,

Richard K. Wood II
Captain, United States Navy
Commanding Officer and Professor, Naval Science
Oregon State University NROTC
104 Naval Armory
Corvallis, OR 97331
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Second Navy/Marine Winner
Midshipman 3/C Angelica Polley
NROTC, University of Florida


Midshipman Polley

Gus Karlsen presents an Association scholarship to Midshipman 2/C Angelica Polley


USS LITTLE ROCK SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION REPORT

On October 28th, 2014, scholarship committee member and Association director Gus Karlsen visited the University of Florida campus in Gainesville and presented a USS Little Rock Association scholarship to Midshipman 2/C Angelica Polley, stating that the presentation was the highlight of his trip to his winter home in Florida. He reported that Midn Polley is an outstanding example of the type of future naval officer who will keep our Navy strong, and stated that it is always a great pleasure to recognize and encourage our NROTC students as they prepare themselves to be future officers in the Naval Service.

The daughter of a retired Navy commander, Midshipman Polley has been the number one ranked midshipman in her class for the entirety of her time with the NROTC unit.  A Navy Scholarship Program midshipman, she carries a cumulative GPA of 3.79 in her major of Chemical Engineering, and has twice been awarded the Admiral Ernest J King Leadership Award.  She has served as a squad leader, platoon guide, and Color Guard Commander in her unit.

Midshipman Polley volunteers with the Alachua County Humane Society, is involved with the University of Florida Honors Program and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In the words of her CO, Captain Carl Bush: "She continues to set a stellar example as an ROTC midshipman and demonstrates those desirable character traits evident in successful Naval officers."

Following the presentation, Captain Bush presented Gus with a NROTC challenge coin. In a subsequent email, Captain Bush stated that the grand history and important contributions of USS Little Rock made the wonderful presentation to Midn Polley so very special.

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Third Navy/Marine Winner
Staff Sergeant Robert A. Brown, USMC
NROTC, University of Idaho

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Bob Baker with Staff Sergeant Robert Brown

USS LITTLE ROCK SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION REPORT

On Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, I visited the University of Idaho campus in Moscow, ID for a Little Rock Association scholarship presentation.  After flying to Spokane, WA, I took a leisurely and scenic drive down to Moscow through literally miles and miles of wheat fields.  Upon arriving, it was a beautiful day on a beautiful college campus, the temperature at a crisp 59 degrees.  I met and chatted with Captain Mike McClintock, CO of the NROTC Unit, and Commander Alex Greig, XO, who gave me a tour of the NROTC facilities prior to the ceremony.   This NROTC unit has 68 members, some of whom attend the University of Washington in nearby Pullman, WA.  The unit included some 19 freshmen and quite a few Marines in the MECEP program.   I also met and chatted with Staff Sergeant Robert Brown, the award recipient, and instructor Captain Anthony Roubal, USMC prior to the afternoon lab session.  The battalion assembled for a weekly afternoon lab in a campus auditorium, and the Little Rock award presentation was the first of two major awards that day, the other award being presented by the college Dean of Students. 

After briefing the battalion about our organization, ship, Scholarship Program, and the new Little Rock (LCS-9),  I presented a framed scholarship certificate, a USS Little Rock Association bumper sticker, a photo of the Little Rock, and a check for $1000 to Staff Sergeant Brown, who had returned to campus from Boise, ID, where he is serving as an intern and volunteer for two non-profit organizations that facilitate quality outdoor recreational experiences for Wounded Warriors and Combat Veterans.   SSgt Brown is in the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP.)   He is a veteran of over nine years in the USMC, and successfully completed two combat deployments in support of the Global War on Terror, the first as a Weapons Platoon Sergeant in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the second as a Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Specialist in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.  He maintains a cumulative GPA of 4.00 in his major of Recreation, and has served as a platoon commander in his unit, where he is a positive example, and mentor and teacher for other midshipmen.  A devoted husband and father of two children, he is, in the words of his CO, "a quintessential example for the entire battalion... who leads by example... and consistently inspires those around him to achieve more."  I welcomed SSgt Brown as an honorary member of our Association, advised him that his continued good standing would earn him another $1000 next academic year, and invited him to attend our 2015 reunion in Buffalo.  Following my presentation, Captain McClintock presented me with an NROTC challenge coin.  A photo session followed the award presentation. 

This presentation was yet another extremely positive and uplifting experience for me.  Staff Sergeant Brown is quite an impressive, yet humble representative of the Marine Corps, and personifies the characteristics we have come to expect in those recognized by our scholarship program and desirable in a future officer.  You, the members of our Association, need to know that your contributions are making a difference in the lives of our scholarship recipients, and that they are truly grateful for your support in helping them achieve their educational goals.  The Little Rock Association Scholarship Program remains, without question, our most important outreach, and one that deserves your generous support.


2014 SSgt Brown Award

CDR Alex Greig,   Bob Baker,   SSGT Robert Brown,  CAPT Anthony Roubal USMC

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On 28 Jul 2014 SSGT Brown sent to the Association the following letter:

July 28, 2014

Dear Members of the Scholarship Committee,
 
        I am honored and pleasantly surprised to have been awarded the USS Little Rock Association Scholarship. I know there are many highly qualified young men and women to choose from and 1 will do my best to prove you made a good choice.
        Please allow me to tell you about how this scholarship will be put to use. This summer and fall I am serving as an intern and volunteer for two non-profit organizations that facilitate quality outdoor recreational experiences for Wounded Warriors and Combat Veterans. The intent of these organizations, as well as mine, is to help to make a change in our nation's warriors who have sacrificed, and who are forever changed; by giving something back to them. It is a way of saying thanks to those who have given up a lot of themselves, for all of us.
        I am volunteering for these internships because it is something I truly believe in. The internships are not paid and many expenses will come out of pocket. I know this and accept it willingly, but it does add up. The scholarship money from the USS Little Rock Association will not only help me in this endeavor, but will also be helping our nations Heroes. Thank you very much for helping me in my development as a future Marine Officer, but also for supporting a much larger cause !
        I will be sure to show you all that this scholarship is a good investment in me. I will send pictures, videos, stories, and anything published about my experiences that this scholarship has any impact on. If there is anything else you want to know or see from me regarding this scholarship, or anything, just ask!
        Again, thank you!  And thank you for your service aboard the USS Little Rock, your dedication, and your vested care for our nation' s future Officer corps .

                                                     Semper Fidelis,
                                                     //ss//
                                                     Robert A. Brown
                                                     Staff Sergeant
                                                     United States Marine Corps


A Special Surprise for 2015 Reunion attendees....

Shipmates and guests attending the 2015 USS LITTLE ROCK Reunion in Buffalo were surprised and
delighted to see
SSGT Robert Brown, who had traveled from Idaho to attend the reunion,
receive his second scholarship payment from Secretary of the Navy (and shipmate!) Ray Mabus.


SSGT Brown with SecNav Ray Mabus


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2013

Descendant Winner

Alexander Kettles

Alexander Kettles

USS Little Rock Association Board Member Donald Schuld relates:  "On a sunny Friday, September 20, 2013,
I arrived at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey to present a "Descendant" scholarship check and certificate to Alexander Kettles. 

Alex, a third year psychology student with a 3.32 GPA is the grandson of Little Rock Shipmate, George Casabona of Scotch Plains, NJ, who served aboard the CL-92 in 1946 - 1948. 

George
Casabona was present for the event and was joined by our own, Nick Perillo and wife Grace. Also present was Alex's mother, Anne Kettles, who much to my surprise, I have known for many years working in the insurance industry.

The ceremony went quite well with a modest audience, including three students dressed in their military uniforms, two Army, one Marine.

Upon graduating, Alex plans to pursue his Masters and Doctorate degrees and is most appreciative of the thousand dollar award."

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First Navy/Marine Winner
Officer Candidate John Lillyblad

Lillyblad


From:    Bob Baker, LITTLE ROCK Association Scholarship Committee Member
To:        Distribution

Subj:    USS LITTLE ROCK SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION REPORT

On Thursday, September 19th, 2013, I visited the Arizona State University (ASU) campus in Tempe, AZ for a Little Rock Association scholarship presentation.  I met and chatted with Commander Erich Schmidt, XO of the NROTC Unit and toured the NROTC facilities prior to the ceremony.   NROTC ASU is a new unit, having only been established in 2010.  This past May, the unit commissioned its first graduates.  The facilities are, of course, brand new, state of the art, and the best I have seen at any NROTC unit.  The campus is quite large, and the weather quite warm (it peaked at 104 degrees on the day of the presentation.)  The battalion, which is growing in leaps and bounds, assembled for a weekly afternoon lab in a campus auditorium, and I made the presentation before the entire NROTC battalion.

After briefing the battalion about our organization, ship, Scholarship Program, and the new Little Rock (LCS-9),  I presented a framed scholarship certificate, a USS Little Rock Association ball cap, and a check for $1000 to Officer Candidate John Lillyblad, who was the top winner of a USS Little Rock Association Scholarship for 2013.   Prior to his selection from the enlisted ranks to the extremely competitive Seaman to Admiral 21 (STA- 21) Commissioning Program, OC Lillyblad advanced to Fire Controlman First Class in only six years, which is no mean achievement.  While serving in the fleet, he earned an Associate Degree in Electronics Technology, graduating with Honors and a 4.00 GPA.  He is now pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science at ASU, and has a GPA of 3.99.  The CO of NROTC ASU, Captain David Price, said of OC Lillyblad:  "He clearly stands out in the Sea Devil battalion and sets the example for others while achieving an excellent balance between his studies, NROTC activities, and personal life as a husband and father.  His accomplishments speak to how effective his time management and self-discipline are, as well as his selflessness and desire to improve those around him."   OC Lillyblad told me he plans to continue his Naval career as a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) after commissioning, and hopes to serve in the P-8A Poseidon, which is being designed to replace the P-3C Orion as a long-range anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft.   I welcomed OC Lillyblad as an honorary member of our Association, advised him that his continued good standing would earn him another $1000 next academic year, and invited him to attend our 2014 reunion in Norfolk.  Following my presentation, CDR Schmidt presented me with an Arizona State NROTC challenge coin.  A photo session followed the award presentation.

I am indeed grateful for this singular opportunity to make another scholarship presentation in behalf of our Association.  When you are able to meet with these the young men and women who are future officers and leaders, you sense in an instant that, although our Navy and Marine Corps have both changed considerably since we served, they nonetheless will be in good hands.  The Little Rock Association Scholarship Program is our most important outreach, and one that deserves your generous support.

Bob Baker, LCDR, USN (Ret)

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More about OC Lillyblad's Scholarship Award

An article by LT Kelsey Ternes in the Arizona State University NROTC on-line newsletter provides us with some fresh insights about our Scholarship Program.  The article, entitled "ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY'S NROTC OFFICER CANDIDATE LILLYBLAD AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS USS LITTLE ROCK ASSOCIATION TOP SCHOLARSHIP", shows the high level of gratitude that exists "among the ranks" for Scholarship Awards received from our Association.

LT Ternes' article not only provided details as to the high qualifications of ASU recipient OC John Lillyblad, but added this: "OC Lillyblad was honored and grateful to receive the competitive scholarship award and said, 'It is great that there are so many veterans willing to give back to the Navy and I felt privileged to be named an honorary member of the Association. The certificate of honorary membership has gone up on my 'I love me wall' with the rest of my Navy mementos and is a nice reminder of the generosity and camaraderie of the Association.  I look forward to one day being on the other side of things and being able to give back to the next up and coming students.' ".

The article concluded: "The Naval ROTC unit at Arizona State University was established in 2010 and has since grown to be one of the largest in the nation.  Officer Candidate Lillyblad winning this prestigious scholarship exemplifies the talent and dedication resident in the Sea Devil Battalion. Go Devils!"

(Used by permission.)

Editor says: "You'll have to agree that it feels good to be part of this !!"

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          In November 2013 Bob Baker received the following note from OC John Lillyblad:


Dear LCDR Bob Baker,

My family and I want to extend our sincere thanks to you and your wife for making the trip out to Arizona State University and presenting the scholarship and honorary membership certificate to me in front of our battalion.
It means a lot to my family and I to be recognized in such a way and really encourages me to keep the pressure on to perform the best I can in preparation for my commissioning. I must also admit that it feels pretty good to have the distinct honor of being the first ASU student to be recognized by the Association. Please forward our gratitude to the rest of the USS LITTLE ROCK Association and ensure them that their donations will be put to good use. As a small token of our appreciation, my wife and I have included a sample of our invention.

   
The rich heritage and history that the Association preserves is a testament to the dedication of its members and I am very proud to be associated with such a fine group. Thanks again for your support and the support of the Association.

                                                                                                            Very respectfully,
                                                                                                            John Lillyblad, OC
                                                                                                            Officer Candidate John M. Lillyblad, USN

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In September 2014 Bob Baker received this note from OC Lillyblad:

Dear LCDR Bob Baker,

Once again, my family and I want to extend our sincere thanks to you and the USS LITTLE ROCK Association for your support. We hope to visit the USS Little Rock as soon as we are on the East Coast. Having served as a Fire Controlman on the last guided missile cruiser made, the USS Port Royal, I feel a  special kinship with your ship and her crew, One of my favorite aspects of serving onboard ship is the camaraderie with my fellow shipmates and I am glad to be an honorary member of the Association. It's great that you keep in touch with each other and keep the history of you ship alive.

My family's next move upon graduation will be to Pensacola, Florida to begin Aviation Preflight Indoctrination as a Student Naval Flight Officer.  I hope to one day fly the new P-8  Poseidon, but honestly, I will be happy to just be flying. Thank you once again for yours and the Association's support and I  will certainly keep you all up to date on the continuation of what I hope will be a successful career. Until next time, Fair  Winds and Following Seas !

                                                                                                            Very Respectfully,
                                                                                                           
John Lillyblad, OC
                                                                                                            Officer Candidate John M. Lillyblad, USN


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Second
Navy/Marine Winner
Midshipman Daniel R. Rowland


Rowland

Report of USS LITTLE ROCK Association 2013 Scholarship Award
By CAPT Kent R. Siegel, USN (Ret)

I presented an Association scholarship award to Midshipman Daniel R. Rowland, USNR on 10 October on the campus of Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Joining me was LITTLE ROCK shipmate, Don Elliott from the '75-'76 era. He was a FTM1 then and retired after 20 as a Chief Missile Tech. He now lives in nearby Northern Illinois. The NROTC battalion was assembled in a small auditorium for the ceremony. Seated in the front row with Don and the CO were MIDN Rowland's proud family, wife Melissa, parents Pat and Patsy and mother-in-law Irene. Following my introduction by Captain Joe Bauknecht, the unit Commanding Officer, I extended greetings from the Association and described its makeup, purpose and activities. I then told of the history and capabilities of CL 92 and CLG 4 and the museum status of our ship in Buffalo as part of the Historic Naval Fleet; and the purpose and 13-year history of our Scholarship Program.

In shining light on MIDN Rowland's remarkable performance in both academics and military aptitude, I noted his 3.7 GPA at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and his scholastic awards while enrolled in a tough 5-year Mechanical Engineering curriculum. His unique resume was described, starting with his 5 years of active Navy service as an Aviation Structural Mechanic during which he was member of the team that launched jet aircraft from the flight deck of USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT. His passion for this work in Naval Aviation was evident in his scholarship application as is his desire to fly those jets he once helped launch. He proved his commitment to achieving his goal by getting out of the Navy and entering university, then convincing the Navy that he should be accepted in NROTC at the Marquette unit. He is now a key leader in that unit as a role model and mentor to younger classmates who benefit from his advice on what is important and how to succeed.

After recognizing the presence of his family and their role in his success, MIDN Rowland was called forward to receive his award certificate and $1000 check. With them in hand, he thanked the Association and offered a few appropriate words of encouragement to fellow members of the unit. Loud and sustained applause was a clear measure of the regard with which he's held within the battalion. Following the ceremony, Don and I shared some pleasant moments outside in the beautiful fall afternoon with MIDN Rowland, his family and CAPT Bauknecht.  Don and I then got a tour of the beautiful Marquette University campus led by the unit's Marine "Gunny Sergeant" with a coffee break at the student union. We wrapped up our visit at a unit social hour with a chance to meet informally and chat with many of the bright young members of the unit...  one of the great pleasures of these visits. These youngsters are well-led by CAPT Joe Bauknecht and his staff.  Joe, who spent an hour with Don and me earlier in the afternoon, is nearing the end of a distinguished career in Naval Aviation - helicopters. He briefed us on the NROTC program changes resulting from large manpower reductions and the effects felt at his unit.  And, of course, 3 old pros enjoyed swapping Navy stories.

Very respectfully,
    Kent

A "Thank You" Note from Midshipman Rowland
Rowland Note

The note shown at the left from Scholarship recipient Daniel Rowland was received by Captain Kent Siegel in November 2013.  It reads:


From: MIDN 2/c Daniel Rowland
             Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
             Marquette Univ. ROTC Unit

                               THANK YOU

To:       CAPT Kent R. Siegel, USN (Ret)
             Award Presenter 10 Oct 2013
             USS Little Rock Assoc. Scholarship

Sir,

It was a great honor to meet you. I cannot thank you enough for personally coming to present the award to me. Thank you for including my family in the ceremony. It meant a great deal to them and you made a magnificent impression on them. You made the day a wonderful experience to remember for my family and I.
Thank you.

                            Respectfully,
                            David R. Rowland



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2012


Descendant Winner
James N. Reynolds


James N. Reynolds 2012

L-R Jerry Dupuis,
Prof. Weinstein, James' father, James, grandparents
Photo courtesy of the Publicity Office of RIT

Mr. James N. Reynolds, a Chemical Engineering major at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY; grandson of Association member James A. Reynolds, PFC, USMC of Oswego, NY on CL- 92 in 1945-47; one of the top students in his major with a 3.76 GPA; faculty advisor cites James' thirst for knowledge characteristic of successful students and pursues learning with vigor and perseverance; academics balanced by volunteer activities in helping underprivileged children and coaching youth soccer; earned a presidential scholarship and works part-time and during summers to help pay his way through school.

Summary of Award Presentation details received from Jerry Dupuis, LT USNR:

On Wednesday, October 10th, I drove to Rochester, NY for the purpose of presenting a LITTLE ROCK ASSN. Scholarship Award to young JAMES N. REYNOLDS a student at The Rochester Institute of Technology.

JAMES is a Chemical Engineering major, having maintained a 3.76 GPA through his Sophomore year.  James is also the grandson of JAMES A. REYNOLDS, who served on board LITTLE ROCK from 1945 to 1948, as a Marine, and currently a member in good standing w/the Association.

The Dean of the College and
Prof. Weinstein (who wrote the recommendation for JAMES' application) had prepared a special presentation event for the occasion, including snacks, lemonade, etc.  In attendance were JAMES's parents, his grandparents, the Dean, the Dean's Assistant, Prof. Weinstein, and the University's Publicity Director. 

Only the use of superlatives are adequate to described this handsome and accomplished winner. A Dean's List student in each of his prior semesters, JAMES is also a regular volunteer with the Children's Board of Oswego (his home town), where he actively participates in programs such as: 1) making sure that underprivileged children receive a Christmas gift;  2) coaching a children's soccer camp;  3) acting as Assistant Supervisor at the local swimming pool.

The College Dean, and Prof. Weinstein both addressed the gathering, and expressed sincere appreciation to the LITTLE ROCK ASSOCIATION for this recognition.   For me, this event helped restore my faith in America's youth, and the future of our Republic. The Association does no greater good than this Scholarship Program. I am most gratified for being part of it.


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First Navy/Marine Winner
Sgt. Anthony D. Garner, USMC

Anthoney D. Garner

Sgt. Anthony D. Garner, USMC; active duty Marine enrolled in Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) at the University of Idaho with a 3.7 GPA in Animal and Veterinary Science and Agricultural Accounting majors;  joined the Marine Corps in 2004 and deployed to twice in support of Iraqi Freedom; crew chief in CH-53E heavy-lift "Super Stallion" helicopters; Qualified as CH-53E plane captain and as instructor in operational aviation courses; unit CO praises the  Sergeant's active leadership of Marines and Marine option midshipmen in both military development and physical fitness.

Summary of Award Presentation details received from CAPT Kent R. Siegel, USN (Ret)

I presented an Association scholarship award to Staff Sergeant Antonio D. Garner, USMC on 18 October on the campus of the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID. The NROTC battalion was assembled in a lecture hall for the ceremony. Following my introduction, I extended greetings from the Association and described its makeup, purpose, and activities.  In describing the 12-year history and nature of our Scholarship Program, I congratulated their unit on having had five winners of the 24 scholarships that we awarded - far and away a unit record.

Staff Sergeant Garner... a major in Agriculture Business with a 3.7 GPA, he has been commended by both his unit CO and the university president for superior scholarship. As a combat-tested veteran of 3 deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a crew chief in CH53E heavy- lift helicopters, his leadership know-how is well developed. (His) stated objective, as he moves through college and advances in the Marine Corps, is to hone his leadership skills and to study the effective leadership traits of others that he admires. He is an enthusiastic and patient mentor of incoming students in his college major as well as the 37 Marines and Marine option midshipmen in his unit. A 3-day 'Mini-Bulldog' exercise he organized to strongly challenge the Marine option underclassmen - as they would eventually face in the Summer OCS course - was praised by his CO as one of the best in recent years. Following commissioning, SSgt. Garner hopes to find his way back into aviation for flight training but it will be touch-and-go on age.

The award was then presented to Staff Sergeant Garner who was happy to receive his handsome framed certificate and really happy to get his $1000 check. Marines that come to college in the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Program usually have young families and must meet all of their college and living expenses on regular pay - no stipends, free tuition, etc. - and some part-time work, so our scholarship money is like manna from Heaven. I closed with a BRAVO ZULU for the unit staff and battalion members for sending us a candidate of SSgt. Garner's quality.

Following the ceremony, the principals stood for photography and a time to chat with SSgt Garner, a rather quiet young man who "makes big things happen, then slides back among his troops". As in my previous trips... I spent time with the skipper, CAPT Greg Eaton, a Naval Aviator (Helicopters), his XO, CDR Alex Greig, a Surface Warfare Officer, and my "minder", LT Vince Alvarado, a Naval Flight Officer. Above all, I consider it a very uplifting experience to mingle with... the cream of the crop of young Americans who are destined to lead our military in meeting the tough challenges of the years ahead.

The following letter wad received by Capt. Kent Siegel
subsequent to his visit to the University of Idaho
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Letter to Capt. Siegel October 2012


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Second Navy/Marine Winner
MIDN Margaret E. Tarmann, USNR

Margaret E. Tarmann 2012

MIDN Margaret E. Tarmann, USNR, daughter of a Coast Guardsman; attached to NROTC Unit at University of Virginia where she majors in Environmental Science with a 3.9 GPA; academic excellence with heavy course load of 23 credit hours in spring 2012 semester ranks her first in her NROTC class; Unit CO cites her strong work ethic and uncanny ability to manage her time as qualifications that set her apart from peers; active in a sorority, the Women's  Leadership Development Program, tutoring international students in English and work at a local animal shelter.

Summary of Award Presentation details received from LCDR Bob Baker, USN (Ret):

On Thursday October 4th, 2012, I visited the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, VA for an early morning scholarship presentation.  I met and chatted with
NROTC Unit CO Capt. Mike Cashman and his XO, CDR Mike Kunkel.  The presentation was to made before the entire NROTC battalion. 

After briefing the battalion about our organization, ship, and Scholarship Program, I presented a framed scholarship certificate, a USS Little Rock Association ball cap, and a check for $1000 to Midshipman 2/C Margaret E. Tarmann.   She is the daughter of a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, is majoring in Environmental Science (with a GPA of 3.94), and is ranked number one in her NROTC class.  She also was accepted to and completed two prestigious leadership programs:  the Blueprint Emerging Leaders Program and the Women's Leadership Development Program while carrying a heavy course load, volunteering with International Students and Scholars, and remaining active in her sorority and meeting other NROTC commitments.

It is indeed gratifying to meet with these the young men and women who are future leaders of our Navy and Marine Corps. Our Scholarship Program is, without question, one of the most important things we do as an organization, and I urge all members to generously support it.



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2011

First Navy/Marine Winner
MIDN 2/C Elizabeth Schroff

MIDN Schroff

USS Little Rock Association Scholarship Committee member Bob Baker provided the following details regarding the 2011 Scholarship award to Midshipman 2/C Elizabeth Schroff  on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011.

This year's Scholarship presentation was made during a late afternoon drill assembly in Jordan Hall of Science at the University of Notre Dame before the entire NROTC battalion.  Also in attendance were Captain Clarence Earl Carter, NROTC CO, his entire staff, and the Dean of Student Affairs and several faculty members from St. Mary's College.

Bob relates    "After briefing the battalion about our organization, ship, and Scholarship Program, I presented the second $1000 installment of the 2010 scholarship award to Midshipman 1/C Taylor Sheppard.  She is the Battalion Commander for the academic year, which is the top leadership position within the NROTC Unit.  She hopes to serve in submarines following her graduation next spring.

I then addressed Midshipman 2/C Elizabeth Schroff, the 2011 Scholarship Awardee, and presented her with a framed Scholarship Certificate, and a check for $1000.   "  

Midshipman Schroff is the daughter of CAPT Richard Schroff, USN.  She is a biology major at St. Mary's College in South Bend (a cross-town affiliate of the University of Notre Dame) and has a 3.9 GPA.  Midn Schroff was ranked number one in a highly competitive sophomore class of 30 midshipmen, she participates in the Trident Naval Society, the Public Affairs Staff, and the NROTC and Tri-Mil ROTC Color Guards.  Additionally, she is the President of the Future Women Doctor's Club and hopes to become a flight surgeon.  Her awards include the Academic Excellence Award, the Leadership Award, the General Society of the War of 1812 Award, and the American Legion General Military Excellence Award.

Captain Carter asked Bob Baker to pass on to the Scholarship Committee and to the entire Little Rock Association his personal thanks and appreciation for our support of his battalion.  

Bob concludes:    "I consider it an honor and privilege to have had the opportunity to take this trip to Notre Dame for the third consecutive year.  I feel that our Scholarship Program is, without question, one of the most important things we do as an organization, and I encourage all members to generously support it."

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Second Navy/Marine Winner
Officer Candidate Elijah C. Callaghan

OC Callahan and Capt's. Seigel & Eaton



Report of USS LITTLE ROCK Association Scholarship Award

From:    CAPT Kent R. Siegel, USN (Ret)
To:    USS LITTLE ROCK Association

I presented an Association scholarship award to Officer Candidate Elijah C. Callaghan, USN on 6 October on the campus of the University of Idaho campus in Moscow, ID. The NROTC battalion was assembled as I prepared to convey the first of two $1000 checks and a handsome framed certificate to OC Callaghan. Following my introduction by the Midshipman Battalion Commander, I extended greetings from the Association and described its makeup, purpose, and activities. I then told of the service and capabilities of CL 92 and CLG 4. In describing the 11-year history and nature of our Scholarship Program, I congratulated their unit on having had four winners of the 22 scholarships that we awarde - a unit record.

Officer Candidate Callaghan was called front and center for my recitation of his background and academic record that won him our scholarship. He has established a 3.9 GPA since entering the University of Idaho as a History major. Additionally, in testament to his high level of intelligence and achievement, he was Class Leader in his course at the Navy Nuclear Power School and passed the Petty Officer First Class exam at his earliest opportunity. At that time he was selected to attend college under the Seaman to Admiral 21 Program and chose Idaho. In his unit, he mentors younger midshipmen, supports unit-sponsored events, and demonstrates strong, natural leadership on a daily basis. In addition to his academic prowess, he is a big man with a powerful physique who scored OUTSTANDING in the last physical fitness assessment. Along with all this, he and his wife have managed to raise a family with two children. Following commissioning, OC Callaghan plans to return to the Nuclear Navy in any capacity where he can best serve his country.

After making the award of the check and certificate, I closed with a BRAVO ZULU for the unit staff and battalion members for sending us a candidate of OC Callaghan's quality; and the important role they play in providing sound leadership to our great Navy and Marine Corps... then a final thought from the Greek philosopher Thucydides in the 5th century BC, "A nation that makes too great a distinction between its scholars and its warriors is a nation that has its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools."

Following the ceremony, the principals returned to CAPT Eaton's office for photography and a time to chat with OC Callaghan, an impressive and engaging young man. As in my previous trips to NROTC units to make our scholarship awards, I was pleased to spend time with the skipper, CAPT Greg Eaton, a Naval Aviator (Helicopters) and my host, LT Vince Alvarado, a Naval Flight Officer. Above all, I consider it a very uplifting experience to mingle with the fine young students who are destined to lead our military in the years ahead.

Very respectfully,

Kent

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Descendant's Winner

Miss Erin
Meyers

Erin Meyers

According to the Association's official representative Bill Stankiewicz, the presentation on Thursday September 15, 2011 of the 2011 Descendant's Scholarship Award to Erin Meyers at the University of Georgia was - extraordinary - .  Present when Ms. Meyers received her award were her parents John (ETN2 '73-'75 ) and Janet Meyers, the Dean of the Terry School of Business, the Dean of the Insurance Department, several of her professors as well as other members of their staff, and several of her friends at the University.

Bill related that - the Dean spoke first expressing the University's appreciation for the scholarship and the Association's participation.  I then made a short speech stating the nature and purpose of the organization and the fact that some of our most important work was the scholarship program.  All in all it went off in grand fashion.  I thoroughly enjoyed making the presentation and look forward to such pleasant duties in the future. -   In addition Bill passed on that - the University went all out with an - official -  photographer,  and a nice spread of finger foods for the reception.

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2010


First Navy/Marine Winner
MIDN Taylor N. Sheppard

MIDN 2/c Taylor N. Sheppard, is a Math Major at the University of Notre Dame. She has a 3.73 GPA, is 1st of 34 in her NROTC class and is on track to become Battalion Commander as a senior.  In addition MIDN Sheppard is a Math honor student. Both of Ms. Sheppard's parents are retired naval officers who inspired her to pursue a commission in the U.S. Navy.

MIDN Taylor Sheppard


From:    Bob Baker, LITTLE ROCK Association Scholarship Committee Member
To:    Distribution

Subj:    USS LITTLE ROCK SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION REPORT

On Wednesday, September 15th, 2010, I visited the University of Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana and presented the 2010 LITTLE ROCK Association scholarship award to Midshipman 2/C Taylor N. Sheppard, USNR.    The presentation was made during a late afternoon drill assembly before the entire NROTC battalion.  I presented Midshipman Sheppard with a framed Scholarship Certificate, a check for $1000, and a USS Little Rock Association ball cap.  In addition, I presented the second $1000 installment of the 2009 scholarship award to Midshipman 1/C David Galiyas, USNR. 

Midshipman Sheppard is the daughter of two retired Naval Officers who has persevered in her quest for a commission despite personal tragedy in her life, and indeed has met all challenges head on.  She is a mathematics major in the honors math program with a GPA of 3.7 who was ranked number one in her class.  She is active with the Trident Naval Society, the NROTC & Tri-Mil ROTC Color Guards, the Naval Leadership Weekend staff, and recently served as the only non 1/C Midshipman on the Freshman Orientation Week staff.  She has been recognized with the Academic Excellence Award, the Physical Fitness Award, the Reserve Officer's Association award, and the Bertling Memorial Award as the top midshipman in her class. 

A photo session followed the awards presentation.  I invited Midshipman Sheppard to attend the 2011 USS Little Rock reunion in Buffalo.  Captain Nees, the Commanding Officer of NROTC Notre Dame indicated that perhaps Midshipman Sheppard's summer training schedule could be adjusted to accommodate attending the reunion.  Should that not be possible, Midshipman Taylor and Galiyas agreed to collaborate on a video that can be shown at the reunion. 

This trip to Notre Dame for the second consecutive year to visit with and recognize the achievement of future leaders of our Navy and Marine Corps was, quite simply, an awesome and truly gratifying experience.  I would encourage all members to generously support our scholarship program, for I am confident that it is having a decided impact on the lives of our scholarship recipients, and that this important outreach is helping to make a difference.   

/s/ Bob Baker, Lieutenant Commander, USN (Retired)


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Shortly after returning from the University of Notre Dame Bob Baker received the following note from  MIDN Shepperd...

 
Thank You Note
19 Sep 2010    
Dear Mr. Baker,

Please accept my sincerest gratitude when I say Thank You for coming out to Notre Dame.  We were delighted that you were able to make the long trip and represent the Little Rock Association.

It is important for our future officers to have a knowledge of such organizations because they link the tradition of the Navy, its rich history, with its bright future. MIDN Galiyas and I are very grateful.

Please pass on to the Association and to Mr. Siegel my appreciation and thanks for the award  once more. I am honored to be  associated with such a group.

Very Respectfully,   MIDN 2/C Sheppard



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Second Navy/Marine Winner
MIDN David Cox

MIDN 2/c David A. Cox is a double History/ Political Science Major at Iowa State University with a 3.83 GPA. In addition he has attained Phi Beta Kappa honors based on ranking 10th among 356 Poly Sci. Majors and carries a 4.0 in Naval Science courses. Inspired by his Marine father, MIDN 2/c David A. Cox has chosen the U.S.M.C. commissioning option.

MIDN David Cox

Sept. 9, 2010

From: Cliff Wilson
To: USS Little Rock Association Scholarship Committee
Subj: USS Little Rock 2010 Scholarship Presentation to MIDN David Cox USNR

On Thursday September 9, 2010 I met with Lt. Eric Olson, USN and Capt. Gary Waring, USN in Ames, IA on the campus of Iowa State University and presented the USS Little Rock Association 2010 Scholarship Award to Midshipman David Cox. he presentation was made during their NROTC Cyclone Battalion Awards Program with all unit members and staff present. Photos were taken and other awards were presented to other NROTC Midshipmen during the awards program. Midshipman Cox received several other honors and awards besides the USS Little Rock Association $1000 check and framed certificate that day. The staff also gave him a framed picture of the USS Little Rock.

I spoke to the NROTC unit about the USS Little Rock's history, of her life from the past to the present, and my time while aboard her and how she got to where she is today and what the Association dies for her upkeep and how we started the Scholarship Program and Awards. I invited all of them to stop and visit her if they had a chance. Captain Waring stated that he had been stationed in Norfolk and saw the USS Little Rock docked at the pier while he was there.

Midshipman Cox has excelled in every facet of the NROTC  program in Leadership, Academics, and Military Aptitude. He has received a number of awards for his accomplishments which include the Academic Excellence Award and the Scottish Rite Freemasonry Award. He has also acted as the Commander of his rifle team. He ranks at the top of his class in every category and demonstrates exemplary leadership in his unit. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society. MIDN Cox had a 4.0 GPA for the Spring of 2010.

MIDN Cox is the son of a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran. His father Steven Cox served a tour of duty in Vietnam as a Platoon Commander and earned a Purple Heart while serving from 1967 to 1974. MIDN Cox is following in his father's footsteps in serving his country.

This was my first Scholarship Award presentation. MIDN Cox was highly deserving of this honor and an outstanding example for the USS Little Rock Scholarship Presentation Award. I look forward to going back to Iowa State and presenting him with the next $1000 award in 2011.

Cliff Wilson
USS Little Rock Board of Directors

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Descendant's Winner
Maxwell Brown

Decendant's Award winner Mr. Maxwell Brown is a Bio Chemistry Major at Colorado College with a 3.56 GPA. Maxwell is the son of Bob and Carol Brown of Bastrop, TX  (Bob was an IC Electrician on USS LITTLE ROCK in 1973-75). In addition to his studies Maxwell is Sophomore Class President, Bio Sciences Club Vice President, participates in volunteer service in the Colorado Springs Community, and is involved in his church's activities. He hopes to become a medical doctor.

Dec. Max Brown
Kent Siegel with Max Brown and Dean of Students Ms. Rochelle Mason

USS LITTLE ROCK ASSOCIATION Scholarship Award
To:  Mr. Maxwell Brown
Of: The Colorado College
16 September 2010

Maxwell Brown, son of a LITTLE ROCK shipmate, received his Association scholarship award in a ceremony on the campus of The Colorado College in Colorado Springs. In keeping with our practice of having an Association representative on hand to personally make the award, Scholarship Committee Chairman Kent Siegel was there to do the honors. Max received his framed certificate and $1000 check at the ceremonial flagpole and monument on the attractive central green of this small college that dates back to 1874. The Dean of Students and a group of Max's friends and spectators were in attendance on this golden late afternoon in the shadow of Pikes Peak.

The kids at "CC', as they call it, come from all over the USA.  In chatting with them before and after the ceremony, it was clear to Kent that they were big fans of Max Brown. They listened with interest as Kent briefly described our Association and the two distinct lives if our ship, and gathered after the ceremony to look at pictures of the CL 92 and CLG 4.

In extolling the achievements that merited an Association scholarship, Kent called Max an exceptional young man who combines outstanding scholarship with tremendous energy and a positive attitude. In addition to his 3.56 GPA in a challenging Bio Chemistry major and Religion minor, he was Sophomore Class President, and Vice President of the Biosciences Club. He also finds time to mentor science students at a local under-resourced middle school, is active in his church, and plays on the college's tennis team. For the past two summers, Max has interned at a cancer research center in his native Texas where he worked with nationally-known research scientists.

Kent pointed out that in selecting Max, our Scholarship Committee was greatly impressed by the essay in his application that told of his focus on honor courage and commitment and how he strives to embody these traits in the way he lives, learns, and reaches out to others. It was brilliant and truly reflective of his upbringing, character and achievements. Max is the son of Robert Paul and Carol Brown of Bastrop, Texas. Robert was an IC Electrician on Rock in 1973-75. Kent expressed regret that they could not be present and said he knew how proud they must be of their son. He asked Max to greet and congratulate them on behalf of our members. Finally, Kent thanked Max's friends for their support and wished Max 'all the best' as he proceeds on the long journey toward his goal of becoming a medical doctor.

It was evident to Kent that our Association had picked another splendid winner in a succession of wonderful young people that we have helped with our scholarship awards.

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2009

First Navy/Marine Winner
MIDN 2nd Class David Galiyas, USNR

Midshipman 2nd Class David Galiyas, USNR (below center) is an economics major with an impressive 3.93 GPA. Before transferring to University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana he was selected as the number one midshipman at the University of Michigan. At the University of Notre Dame Midshipman Galiyas was academically the top midshipman in his class of 124  last year. He serves as a squad leader in the battalion and is on the staff of the battalion's yearbook the "Irish Wake".

Midshipman David Galiyas

On September 16th, 2009 Midshipman 2nd Class David Galiyas, USNR (center) at Notre Dame University was presented with a U.S.S. Little Rock Association scholarship award by USS Little Rock Association member Bob Baker (right). Also shown above with Midshipman Galiyas and Bob Baker is University of Notre Dame NROTC Battalion Commanding Officer Captain Dale Nees.

After flying to South Bend Bob met with and briefed Lieutenant Wil Fensterer (Instructor) and then met and chatted with battalion CO, Captain Dale Nees, and XO, Commander Fritz Teuscher. At the 1730 weekly battalion formation Bob addressed the entire battalion in an auditorium setting, extending greetings from the Association and sharing a brief history of the LITTLE ROCK. He then shared with them details about the origin of the Association and our scholarship program.

Addressing Midshipman Galiyas, Bob commended him for his academic achievement, congratulated him on his selection and presented Midn Galiyas with a certificate and check for $1000, noting that another $1000 would follow next year upon re-certification by his CO.  In addition, Bob presented him with a Little Rock Association ball cap. The battalion commander reciprocated by presenting Bob with an NROTC Notre Dame ball cap!


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Second Navy/Marine Winner
Staff Sergeant Robert Pfeil, USMC

The resume of Staff Sergeant Robert Pfeil, USMC, studying at the University of Missouri, includes an impressive academic record with a 3.88 GPA and a designation as 'the outstanding student' in the school's Philosophy/Religious Studies Department. His nine years  of active duty with the Marine's includes four deployments to the Mid-East during which time he earned the Navy/Marine Corps Medal (for lifesaving), the Navy Achievement Medal and 23 Air medals. Staff Sergeant Pfeil is scheduled to be commissioned 2nd LT in May 2010.

Sgt. Robert Pfeil

On September 23, 2009 U.S.S. Little Rock Association member Captain Kent Siegel (above, left) presented the first of two $1000 scholarship award checks and a handsome framed certificate to Staff Sergeant Robert Pfeil (center) in a ceremony on the 'Mizzou' campus.

Introduced as 'the visiting dignitary from Washington', Kent conveyed greetings from the Association, described its makeup, purpose and activities, and told of the service life and capabilities of CL 92 and CLG 4.

During his visit Kent met with the skipper, CAPT Bob Wilson (above right), members of his staff and many of the students.  His host was the Marine Officer Instructor, Captain Autumn Swinford, USMC (yes, a woman with two combat tours in Iraq - a most impressive officer).  Following the ceremony, Kent was escorted around the outdoor lab exercise area where seven competitive teams rotated through battlefield challenge sites where they were scored on their ability to survive in such critical actions as minefield navigation, vertical wall assault, casualty evacuation, etc. (It is reported that Kent finished the exhilarating day by attending the 'senior happy hour' at a local pub!)

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2008

Descendant Winner
Ms. Eileen T. McGarry

Ms. Eileen T. McGarry is a Psychology (Pre Education) Major at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.  She is the daughter of Thomas E. McGarry, who served as a BM3 in 1st and 3rd Divisions in CLG 4 in 1970-72.  She has regularly made the dean's list with a 3.75 GPA; and her wide range of activities include practice teaching and mentoring of young girls, participation in dance ensemble, and leadership in campus events.  Her faculty sponsor says, "She'll make a terrific teacher."

Eileen McGarry

On October 19, 2008 Frank Berglas presented Ms. Eileen McGarry with a $1000 scholarship. Shown above is Thomas and Kathleen McGarry with their daughter Eileen, along with USS Little Rock Association's Frank Berglas.

At the presentation made at Sacred Heart University Frank congratulated Eileen for having the academic and extra-curricular achievements to warrant her being an awardee. Underscoring the value of the scholarship, Frank told her that she had some tough competition.

In Frank's report to the Scholarship Committee he added: "Eileen McGarry impressed me as a fine young lady, with a desire to succeed - and this above all, I reminded myself, was the bottom line and which, in itself, justified the Committee's decision to choose her as a scholarship recipient."

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First Navy/Marine Winner
Staff Sergeant Geoffrey R. Lancaster, USMC

Staff Sergeant Geoffrey R. Lancaster, USMC is a participant in the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program, enrolled as an Accounting Major at Old Dominion University in Norfolk where he maintains a 3.64 GPA.  He is attached to the Hampton Roads NROTC Unit in which his leadership and combat experience are important in mentoring others.  His 10 years of outstanding service as an infantry Marine will stand him in good stead as he takes his place in the officer corps as a 2nd Lt.

SSgt Lancaster's service in the infantry includes two combat tours in Iraq with a Scout/Sniper team, and several deployments to Japan and to Cuba. In addition, he was selected this year to serve as the NROTC Battalion's Sergeant Major, and is also is a mentor to all Marine-option midshipmen, and chairs the Midshipman of the Month selection board.
 
SSgt. Lancaster Presentation

(Left to right) CDR Espritu, XO; Bob Baker, USS Little Rock Association;
SSgt Lancaster;  LT Domzalski; and  Capt Parchman.

On October 9, 2008, USS Little Rock Association member Bob Baker, Lcdr. USN (Ret) visited Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA to present the 2008 USS Little Rock Association scholarship award to Staff Sergeant Geoffrey Lancaster, USMC. Bob made the presentation at 6:15AM a the units morning formation. Bob recounts: -  The entire unit was alert, despite the early hour.  I addressed them and extended greetings from the Association, shared a brief history of the LITTLE ROCK, including my time aboard as an enlisted Radioman, and then shared with them the genesis and growth of our Association and our scholarship program. -

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Second Navy/Marine Winner
MIDN 2/C Matthew S. Zach, USNR

Midshipman 2/C Matthew S. Zach, USNR, has a 3.55 GPA in a tough Biochemistry Major at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  He is the grandson of a U. S. Coast Guard enlisted man whose influence was important in his setting a goal to become a naval officer.  He has exhibited strong military leadership potential in his NROTC unit; and has scored high on the Special Forces entrance exam, now being actively recruited by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community to serve there after being commissioned.

MIDN Zach

(Left to right)  CO, Col. Eric Litaker, USMC; MIDN 2/c Matthew S. Zach, USNR; Capt. Kent Siegel, USS Little Rock Association

A USS LITTLE ROCK Association scholarship award certificate and $1000 check were presented to MIDN 2/c Matthew S. Zach, USNR, at the University of Nebraska NROTC Unit in Lincoln on 9 October 2008.  CAPT Kent Siegel made the presentation at a Navy Birthday celebration by the NROTC.  MIDN Zach (pronounced "Zock") also received a cash scholarship award at this ceremony from Col. "B.J." Jordan, USAF, on behalf the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).  A leader in his unit, he cites his grandfather, an enlisted member of the U.S. Coast Guard, as an important influence in aspiring to a Navy career.

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2007

First Navy/Marine Winner

Staff Sergeant Altan D. Kandiyeli, USMC
 

Staff Sergeant Altan D. Kandiyeli, USMC, is enrolled in a Secondary Education Major at the University of Idaho where he is attached to the NROTC Unit.  He was selected for this course of study through the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program based on his outstanding 8-year service record as a helicopter power plant specialist, crew chief and instructor.  Upon graduation, he will be commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, USMC.

Siegel-Kandiyeli Picture

A USS LITTLE ROCK scholarship award was presented to SSGT Altan Kandiyeli at the University of Idaho on October 4, 2007.  Captain Kent Siegel did the honors for the Association, conveying the first of two $1000 checks and the now-traditional framed certificate.  Witnessing the presentation was the assembled battalion of the University of Idaho - Washington State University NROTC unit, SSGT Kandiyeli's wife Kari and their three children, as well as skipper CAPT Scott Ryder, USN (shown above on left) and his staff.

Kandiyeli's Card
In October Captain Siegel received a very nice - Thank You -  card and note from SSGT Kandiyeli. Click on the card to see the note.
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Second
Navy/Marine Winner
Officer Candidate Celeste D. Renoewick, USN


Officer Candidate Celeste D. Renoewick, USN, is an Industrial and Systems Engineering Major at Auburn University.  She entered her 3-year course of study through the Seaman to Admiral Program and is attached to the NROTC Unit at Auburn.  Her enlisted service record includes designation as an Honor Graduate at Boot Camp and completion of an Associate of Arts Degree (4.0 GPA) in her free time.  She will be commissioned Ensign, USN, upon graduation.

Renoewick Award Picture

USS Little Rock Association's Bill Stankiewicz presents a scholarship award to OC Celeste D. Renoewick at the Auburn University NROTC unit.  Pictured with Bill and OC Renoewick is the NROTC's  CO,  CAPT Thomas R. Williams, USN.

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Descendent's Winner
Ms. Lauren Collins Medlin


Ms. Lauren Collins Medlin is a Psychology Major at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. Ms Medlin also volunteers at both the Medical University of South Carolina and the Westview Behavioral Health Services facility, is involved with the Miss America Foundation scholarship competition, and represents the College of Charleston as a cheerleader.

Lauren Medlin Pic

LCDR Bob Baker USN (Ret) (left) presents a USS Little Rock Association descendant scholarship award to Ms. Lauren  Collins Medlin, granddaughter of Mr. Claude Manuel (right), at the the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina on October 26, 2007.  Also in attendance were Ms. Medlin's parents, Mr. & Mrs. Tim Medlin, her grandmother, Mrs. Annie Manuel, Mr. Buchheit (Academic Advisor), David Goss (Director, Academic Advising and Planning), Dr. Charles Kaiser (Chair of the Dept. of Psychology), and several of Ms. Medlin's classmates.

Claude A. Manuel, Lauren's grandfather was a F/1c aboard USS Little Rock CL-92 in 1946 and 1947.

2008 Presntation

Ms. Medlin received her second check from the the Association in September 2008.
The check was presented by her grandfather Mr. Claude Manuel.

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2006

First Navy/Marine Winner
Officer Candidate Matthew E. Curtis, USN

Officer Candidate Matthew E. Curtis, USN, is enrolled in a Political Science Major at the University of Idaho where he is attached to the NROTC Unit.  He is a veteran fleet sailor with 9 years of exemplary service as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician and additional qualifications in both Air and Surface Warfare.  He entered his 4-year course of study through the Sea- man to Admiral Program and will be commissioned as an Ensign, USN, upon graduation.

Siegel w/OC Curtis

Capt. Kent Siegel, Mrs. Kim Curtis, OC Matthew E. Curtis, Col. Bruce Barnes USMC
with Mr. & Mrs. Curtis's sons
at University of Idaho, Moscow, ID on 28 Sept 2006

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Second Navy/Marine Winner
Officer Candidate Serena G.Gyi, USN


Officer Candidate Serena G.Gyi, USN, is an Electrical Engineering Major at Auburn University. She entered her 4-year course of study through the Seaman to Admiral Program and is attached to the NROTC Unit at Auburn.  Her enlisted service record includes honors for class leadership at Boot Camp, Nuclear Field Class "A" School and Enlisted Nuclear Power School.  She will be commissioned as an Ensign, USN, upon graduation.

Baker w/OC Gyi

Bob Baker
(USS Little Rock Assoc.) presents OC Serena Gyi, USN
with Certificate and check at Auburn University, Auburn, AL on 14 Sept 2006.

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2005

First
Navy/Marine Winner
Officer Candidate Cheryl Q. Castro, USN
 
Officer Candidate Cheryl Q. Castro, USN, is a rated Hospital Corpsman enrolled in a Nursing Major at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and assigned to the Hampton Roads NROTC Consortium Unit. She entered a 4-year college program, on active duty, through the Seaman to Admiral (STA 21) Program and aims to be commissioned in the Navy Nurse Corps upon graduation.

Castro-Baker Picture

Capt. Brown, O. C. Castro, and Lcdr. Bob Baker


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Second
Navy/Marine Winner
Staff Sergeant Andy Thaxton, USMC

Staff Sergeant Andy Thaxton, USMC, is a Political Science Major at Texas A & M University and is attached to the NROTC Unit at that school. He entered a 4-year college program through the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP). Entering the Corps at 17, he has performed in an exemplary manner over 9 years of active duty and will be commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, USMC, upon graduation.

Andy Thaxton

Left to right, COL Steve Keim ROTC CO, SSGT Andy Thaxton, and CAPT Kent Siegel USN (Ret)
after presentation of USS Little Rock Scholarship award to SSGT Thaxton.

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2004

First
Navy/Marine Winner
SGT Nicholas F. Goodwin, USMC
 
  SGT Nicholas F. Goodwin, USMC, Finance major, Univ. of Memphis.

Nichols Goodwin


University of Memphis ROTC CO CAPT Ron Zaperach and SSgt Nicholas F. Goodwin, USMC,
with CAPT Kent Siegel (USS Little Rock Assoc.) who presented a framed certificate and a $1000 check
to SSgt Goodwin on October 6, 2006. Goodwin had at that point eight years of exemplary
enlisted service (USMC) and a 3.76 GPA.

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Second
Navy/Marine Winner
MIDN 2/C Lucas R. Scruby
 
MIDN 2/C Lucas R. Scruby, Mechanical Engineering major attending first Virginia Polytechnic Institute,
and then the University of Virginia at Charlottesville.

Scruby with Baker

(L to R) Little Rock Association's LCDR Bob Baker, MIDN 2/C Lucas Scruby and
CAPT John Weineckeon 14 September 2004 after Midn Scruby received his scholarship award.
The award was presented on behalf of the Association by Bob Baker.

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2003

First Navy/Marine Winner
Sergeant Timothy L. Patrick, USMC

Sergeant Timothy L. Patrick, USMC, Philosophy major, Ohio State University.

Tim Patrick

SGT Timothy Patrick, USMC receives his Scholarship Award
from CAPT Kent Siegel, USN (Ret) USS Little Rock Association

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Second Navy/Marine Winner
MIDN 3/c Jessica E. Chiafair

MIDN 3/c Jessica E. Chiafair, Mechanical Engineering major, Mass. Institute of Technology.

Jessica Chiafair Picture

MIDN 3/c Jessica E. Chiafair receives her Scholarship Award
from Gus Karlsen of the USS Little Rock Association.


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2002

First
Navy/Marine Winner
MIDN 2/C Teresa Adkins
 University of Idaho

(No picture available.)

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Second Navy/Marine Winner
MIDN Brett Ackerbauer
University of Wisconsin.

Brett Ackerbauer

MIDN Brett Ackerbauer, USN

Click HERE to read a dramatic story about MIDN Ackerbauer after he got to the Fleet!
and HERE for a Wikipedia link describing the same event.

 
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2001

First
Navy/Marine Winner
 
MIDN 2/C Erica Libbey
University of Florida

(No picture available.)

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Second Navy/Marine Winner
Darrin Rippentrop

University of Minnesota

(No picture available.)

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  Congratulations! -  to all of the Scholarship Winners listed above,
and...
 
Many Thanks! " to all of you who support this fine program!




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