Fort Leonard Wood holds scholarship fundraiserMaster Sergeant Evander Andrews Memorial Scholarship honors first post-9/11 military casualty.
On Dec. 11, 2010, the Master Sergeant Evander Andrews Memorial Scholarship fundraising recognition dinner was held at Westside Baptist Church in Waynesville, Mo., where Andrews and his wife were married. Approximately $11,500 in cash plus an additional $3,000 in pledges was raised to endow the scholarship; 92 individuals attended the event.
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Evander Earl Andrews was the first service member to die in Operation Enduring Freedom. He was killed Oct. 10, 2001 and laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. Andrews was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal posthumously. His wife, Judy, said, "I [….] accept the death of my husband in defense of our nation. He was a proud professional career airman."
Andrews served as an airman at Fort Leonard Wood, his wife’s family lives very near Fort Leonard Wood and his sister-in-law, Wendy Whynot, is a junior at Columbia College–Fort Leonard Wood.
The scholarship will provide one or more annual awards to degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled at Columbia College–Fort Leonard Wood. Students must be a child of a combat veteran. Reasonable and justifiable proof of relationship must be provided. (The definition of a combat zone is the same as that used by the Department of Veterans Affairs.) Applicants must submit an essay describing why they feel their parent was a hero; essays will be judged by a committee selected by Dr. David King, director of the Fort Leonard Wood campus.
The goal is to raise $25,000 to award at least two $500 scholarships annually. This scholarship development is the result of a joint effort of the Columbia College–Fort Leonard Wood Student Senate, Alumni Association, adjunct faculty, staff, military friends, veterans, community leaders and corporate sponsors.
Please let me know if you'd like to contribute or help in some other way.
—Dr. David King, director, Columbia College–Fort Leonard Wood, firstname.lastname@example.org