Three recent Forsyth County high school graduates will begin the next phase of their life with a scholarship awarded by the Cumming Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
This was the second year the program awarded scholarships to high school graduates, and the winners were selected among applicants who “excel in academics, in sports and also for their community involvement,” said Marty Farrell, spokesman for the organization.
“We are pleased and privileged to have the opportunity to award scholarships to deserving high school seniors and simultaneously honor the memory of those individuals who have fallen in service to our nation during the Vietnam War,” said Chapter President Gary Ely.
Matthew Hanley, who graduated from Forsyth Central High School, was presented his scholarship in memory of Lamar Hubbard, a Cumming resident who was killed in action in Vietnam.
Hanley, who interned with the Forsyth County News his senior year, is seeking a degree in communication/journalism at Kennesaw State University.
Trey Tanjuatco, a graduate of South Forsyth High School, was presented his scholarship in memory of Army Sgt. Charlie Gazaway, a Cumming resident who was killed in action in Vietnam.
Tanjuatco will study business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Farrell said.
Rigg Milner, a Fideles Christian School graduate, was awarded his scholarship in memory of Marine Corps Cpl. Donnie Little, also a Cumming resident killed in action in Vietnam.
Milner will study engineering at the University of North Georgia.
Eligible high school students must be U.S. citizens, the child, grandchild or great grandchild of a U.S. military veteran and write a 500-word essay on why “Freedom Isn’t Free.”
Those interested in applying for the 2018 scholarship program should see their guidance counselor at the beginning of next year’s spring semester.