COAL CITY – St. Juvin Post 1336 Veterans of Foreign Wars awarded their 10th scholarship grant on May 9 at the Coal City High School Awards Night.
This year’s grant was presented to graduating senior Klarissa Aldridge, who will be attending Joliet Junior College’s occupational therapy program.
Klarissa was selected from
this year’s four applicants in the
nonveteran category, which is restricted to those entering the health care field.
The actual grant money is given at the end of the first semester when the recipient presents their grade transcript showing a 2.8 or greater on the 4.0 scale grade-point average.
Veterans applying for the scholarship must have honorably served in the Armed Forces of the United States and apply not more than two years from their active-duty separation date.
Veterans must follow the same guidelines as nonveterans except that they may undertake any form of post secondary education that is approved by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans are also eligible to apply for two awards.
Any Coal City High School graduate can apply.
The program was established in 2011 by then Post Quartermaster Jack Micetich, a Coal City school administrator, as a way to give back to the community that has supported veterans and St. Juvin Post.
Micetich served as the Post Scholarship Committee chair until this year when he handed off the chairmanship to Jr. Vice Commander James “Hoppy” Phillips.
This year’s applicants were
evaluated by a panel of four Post members; Phillips, Adjutant Keith Roseland and Trustees John Dite and Don Tira.
Applicants are evaluated on a blind eight category matrix with scoring of 1 to 5 in each category with only the chairman knowing the identities of the applicants.
The post participates in events throughout the community and with veterans.
Members have spoken in area schools and libraries, and recognized area veterans for their service, including presenting them with personalized blankets.
The post also recognizes area residents with the VFW Patriotic Citizen Award.