2021 Scholarship Recipients

The Sky Soldiers Foundation Scholarship Program awards are a living memorial to the Sky Soldiers of the 173d Airborne Brigade who made the supreme sacrifice while in service to our country.

The Scholarship Program recognizes achievement and supports applicants pursuing higher education and demonstrating potential to earn degrees at accredited educational institutions, including technical schools, community colleges, colleges or universities.

2021 has been a challenging year in so many ways. Even though the coronavirus disrupted many educational programs, applicants persevered and showed the ability to navigate adversity.

The Sky Soldiers Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s recipients.

In 2021 the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee received 25 completed applications, all of whom are to be commended on their goals and aspirations for higher education. They are the future of our country. Some students are just beginning their college careers, while others are working on advanced degrees. Their areas of chosen study vary widely but their level of commitment is apparent.

A special thank you to all of the Scholarship sponsors

       Scholarship Endowment for 21st Century Sky Soldiers Award

     Charlies P. L. Hill Memorial Award

    Charlie Company 1/503d Memorial Award

   Michael Constantino (Charlie Company 2/503d) Memorial Award

  Robert L. McKee, Jr. (Lou) (Delta Company 3/503d) Memorial Award

 Sky Soldiers Foundation President’s Award

           Maximilian Belanger                                       Aaron Butera                                             Nicole Darland
      21st Century Sky Soldiers Award           Charles P.L. Hill Memorial Award           21st Century Sky Soldiers Award

Home: APO Germany
Occupation: Student
Sponsor: Damon Belanger
173d Airborne Bde – 2006-2008
Relationship: Child
Liberty University
Field: National Security

Home: Ft. Meade, MD
Occupation: Student
Sponsor: Wayne Tuttle
173d Airborne Bde – 1966-1967
Relationship: Grandchild
Chowan University
Field: Business & Graphic Design

Home: APO Italy
Occupation: Student
Sponsor: Ralph Darland
173d Airborne Bde – 1998-2021
Relationship: Child
University of Kentucky
Field: Kinesiology-Exercise Science

Castille Dennison
Charlie Company 1/503d Memorial Award

Home: Silver Spring, MD
Occupation: Student
Sponsor: Daniel DiGregorio
173d Airborne Bde – 1967-1968
Relationship: Grandchild
Cornell University
Field:Computer, Electrical/Aerospace Engineering

Travis Doyle
21st Century Sky Soldiers Award

Home: Fort Campbell, KY
Occupation: Student
Sponsor: Peter Doyle
173d Airborne Bde – 2012-2015
Relationship: Child
University of Texas, San Antonio
Field: Biology & Kinesiology

Paige Evans
21st Century Sky Soldiers Award

Home: APO Italy
Occupation: Food Service Worker
Sponsor: William Evans
173d Airborne Bde – 2018-2021
Relationship: Child
Methodist University
Field: Science & Nursing

Ashton Ingle
Michael Constantine (Charlie Company 2/503d) Memorial Award

Richard LaFratta
21st Century Sky Soldiers Award

Katelynn Lands
21st Century Sky Soldiers Award

Home: Cumberland, VA
Occupation: Student
Sponsor: Frank Williams
173d Airborne Bde – 1969-1970
Relationship: Grandchild
Virginia Tech
Field: Spanish

Home: APO S. Korea
Occupation: Student
Sponsor: James LaFratta, Jr.
173d Airborne Bde – 2016-2019
Relationship: Child
Texas A & M University
Field: Secondary Education – Biology

Home: Harrisburg, IL
Occupation: Student
Sponsor: Kyle Lands
173d Airborne Bde – 2010-2014
Relationship: Child
Bradley University
Field: Nursing

Noah Nickell
21st Century Sky Soldiers Award

Elena Omerini
21st Century Sky Soldiers Award

Edmond Phillips
Sky Soldiers Foundation President’s Award

Home: Rogers, AR
Occupation: Student/Restaurant
Sponsor: Justin Jackson
173d Airborne Bde – 2008-2011
Relationship: Child
Northwest Arkansas Community College
Field : Business/Marketing

Home: Henderson, NV
Occupation: Student
Sponsor: Roddy Rieger
173d Airborne Bde – 2000-2009
Relationship: Spouse
West Texas A&M University
Field: Business Administration

Home: Farmers Branch, TX
Occupation: Student
Sponsor: Alan Phillips
173d Airborne Bde – 1966/67
Relationship: Grandchild
Texas A&M University
Field: Chemical Engineering

Carmin Rougle
21st Century Sky Soldier Award

Sarah Scott
Robert L. McKee, Jr. (Lou) (Delta Company 3/503d) Memorial Award

Home: West Valley City, UT
Occupation: Student
Sponsor: Larry Rougle (KIA 2007)
173d Airborne Bde – 2004-2007
Relationship: Gold Star Child
Utah State University
Field: Biochemistry & Psychology

Home: Shiloh, GA
Occupation: Student
Sponsor: Michael Scott
173d Airborne Bde – 1970/71
Relationship: Grandchild
Auburn University
Field: Building Construction