VVA awards $1,000 scholarships to a pair of deserving students

For Clay Today
Posted 6/9/21

MIDDLEBURG – Vietnam Veterans of America Col. William G. Byrns Chapter 1059 and Associates of the Vietnam Veterans of America awarded a pair of $1,000 Sid Newberg Scholarships to Fleming Island …

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VVA awards $1,000 scholarships to a pair of deserving students

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MIDDLEBURG – Vietnam Veterans of America Col. William G. Byrns Chapter 1059 and Associates of the Vietnam Veterans of America awarded a pair of $1,000 Sid Newberg Scholarships to Fleming Island High senior Katherine Brook Harlamor and Janessa Sexton, a senior at Deer Park High in Deer Park, Washington, on Saturday, June 5, at the chapter’s monthly meeting at American Legion Posts 250.
The scholarship, which is named in honor of the late chapter member Sid Newberg, is open to all Clay County High School seniors as well as to relatives of current members of VVA Chapter 1059. The applicants had to write a minimum 500-word essay based on an interview with a veteran or active-duty member from any branch of the U.S. military.
Both Harlamor and Sexton interviewed Vietnam Veterans. In addition, requirements included a letter of acceptance to an accredited four-year university, two-year college or trade school; a letter of recommendation from a school faculty member; and community service, awards, and recognitions received in high school.
Harlamor plans to attend the University of North Florida and major in chemistry. Sexton has been accepted at Central Washington University and hopes to someday become a forensic psychologist. She was unable to attend the chapter meeting.
The 2020 Sid Newburg Scholarship recipients – Ashton Ludwig and Kelsei Rehberg, both of Keystone Heights – also were recognized at the chapter’s meeting since there was no official presentation in front of the membership last year because of the pandemic.
In addition, U.S. Navy Ensign Christina Carter of Fleming Island, the first recipient of the Sid Newburg Scholarship in 2015, participated in the ceremony to honor the 2020 and 2021 recipients.

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