Lambert High School’s Kate Owens and South Forsyth High School’s Natalie Morris each received a $1,000 college scholarship from Cumming Chapter 1030 of the Vietnam Veterans of America at its meeting June 5.
This year’s winners were chosen from among dozens of applicants. A committee selected Morris and Owens based upon their excellent record of scholastic achievement and school and community involvement. Additionally, each applicant was required to write an essay on the topic, “Why Freedom Isn’t Free.”
“Both essays were excellent,” Chapter President Gary Goyette said in a press release, “and show without any doubt that these young ladies have a solid understanding of the concept that millions of men and women in our nation have sacrificed incredibly to ensure our freedom and the freedom of untold millions around the world.”
Owens is attending James Madison University and plans to earn a degree in engineering while competing on the women’s golf team. Morris plans to study special education at the University of Georgia.
This year’s scholarships are being given in memory of two area men who were killed-in-action in Vietnam. Owens’ scholarship was awarded in the name of Army PFC Charles George Boling of Canton, killed-in-action in Tay Ninh, South Vietnam on May 8, 1969. Morris’ scholarship was awarded in the name of Army PFC Jerry Robert Cook of Alpharetta. He was killed-in-action in Phuoc Long, South Vietnam on June 17, 1967.