Three Arizona students received, at a June 6 ceremony, the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society Scholarship on merit of their academic achievement and contribution to the mission of the Arizona Veterans Administration.
The student recipients are Alina Joseph of Oro Valley, Lauren Kobley of Scottsdale, and Carla Rock of Phoenix. This scholarship is based on demonstrating leadership, character and scholastic standing, according to a press release.
Presenting the scholarship was Col. Christine Mahon, US Army (retired). Ms. Mahon is a member of the AVHOFS Board of Directors and the Scholarship Committee.
All three recipients have been long time members of the Veterans Heritage Project --- an after-school civics and education program that connects students with veterans to record personal histories of veterans’ wartime experiences. Each student has conducted numerous veteran interviews and served as the presidents of their school’s VHP chapter.
“On behalf of the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society, I am so honored to recognize these veterans and students who are receiving these scholarships,” AVHOFS President Gerry Berger said in a prepared statement.
“As our Veteran organization continues to provide scholarships for veterans and students, we are so encouraged by their efforts and look forward to their promising careers. Congratulations to all.”
The Veterans Heritage Project, a nationally-recognized education program, has immersed thousands of students in the personal accounts of heroism and service to our country directly from veterans, a release claims.
Through an after-school program and lecture series, fostering leadership skills and developing a passion for civics, writing, and history the students capture veterans’ stories.
This civics program allows veterans to continue to serve their country by imparting the wisdom to a younger generation, all while making a positive impact in the community and the development of Arizona’s youth.
The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame has been around for nearly 20 years as former Gov. Jane Hull and the Unified Arizona Veterans initiated the program in 2001.
Its goal is to recognize Arizona veterans who served our country nobly in the armed forces and continued to serve their communities, as well as other veterans.
All veterans are eligible for the AVHOF, and nominations are accepted annually. After a rigorous selection process, the UAV submits over 20 recommended individuals annually to the governor for approval to be inducted into AVHOF. Individuals from Arizona who have received the Medal of Honor are automatically inducted.