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2016 Scholarship recipients

We would like to thank our scholarship committee for their diligent work in choosing our scholarship winners from this year's highly qualified applicants and our members for their continued financial support. Most of the students took college classes while in High School, were highly involved in school, Jr ROTC and volunteer activities. They were invited to one of our meetings to tell us a little about themselves and their goals.

Our first place winner is Kelli O’Donnell. She graduated from St Thomas Aquinas of Overland Park Ks. She ranked in the top 25 per cent of a class of 225 with a 4.32 grade point average. She’s attending the University Of Kansas School Of Nursing. Her many activities included high school dance teams and other sports, mentoring freshmen, and volunteering at many hospital and service organizations.

Our second place winner is David Cahill of the Blue Springs High School. He is attending the Kansas City Metropolitan Junior College where he is taking computer and technical classes and plans to graduate from there and attend a four year college. He was his Jr ROTC cadet commander and led the unit to be very competitive for the AFJROTC Distinguished Unit Award for the first time in four years. He is ranked 193 out of a class of 575 with a weighted GPA of 3.58.

Our 3rd place winner is Mike Rizzi. Mike graduated St James Academy of Lenexa Ks. with a 3.75 GPA. He took many high level classes in Physics, Geometry, Pre-Calculus. He is attending Morningside College of Sioux City Iowa where he majoring in biology. He was the student leader of 125 students where his team involved the students in building fellowship and school wide events.

 
2015 Scholarship recipients

We would like to thank our scholarship committee for their diligent work in choosing our scholarship winners from this year's highly qualified applicants and our members for their continued financial support. Most of the students took college classes while in High School, were highly involved in school, Jr ROTC and volunteer activities. They are invited to one of our meetings to tell us a little about themselves and their goals.

Our first place winner is Gabrielle Belz. She will graduate from Lee’s Summit West High School in Lee’s Summit Mo. Besides ranking 43rd out of a class of 430, she had a 3.76 grade point average and a weighted GPA of 4.02. She’s planning to attend Missouri State University and major in Clinical Laboratory Science and Criminology in Springfield Mo. Her many activities included high school sports, Veterans Stand Down and helping the Kid’s Rodeos. She received many academic and musical awards.

Our second place winner, Kyle Brown is also from Lee’s Summit West High School. He plans to attend Missouri University of Science and Technology and major in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Aerospace. He plans to take ROTC classes and earn a commission. He’s spent many hours in the FIRST Robotics organization and helping 8th graders with robotics and other engineering principles. He’s received many awards from the school and service organizations such as the American Legion and MOWW. He is ranked 77 out of a class of 430 with a weighted GPA of 4.37.

Our 3rd place winner is Nicole Dillon. Nicole will graduate from Lee’s Summit West with a 3.11 GPA and a 3.39 weighted GPA. She was planning to attend the University of Central Missouri and study nursing. She ranked 177th out of a class of 430 students. She worked at Worlds of Fun as a seamstress and a zombie cheerleader. She was Vice Commander of their JrROTC Cadet Corp and help coordinate many school wide activities. She was also involved in competitive sports to include soccer. Her JrROTC Commander speaks highly of her and listed many awards and charitable activities.

Without the generosity of the members of our Chapter, we would not have been able to provide scholarships to these very deserving student leaders. Thank you.