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July 13, 2017 at 12:04pm

1st SFG dependents receive scholarships

A total of 22 students earned scholarships from the 1st SFG Special Forces Scholarship Fund. Those who could not attend the ceremony are pictured on the screen. Photo credit: Spc. Victor Richmond

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Twenty-two dependents of current and former 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Green Berets received scholarships from the 1st SFG Special Forces Scholarship Fund July 7 at the Group's Regimental Mess Facility on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Since its founding in 2012, the fund has distributed more than $190,000 to 82 students. "It's an honor to celebrate the achievements of these 22 1st Group children," said Col. (Ret.) Rick Thomas, former 1st SFG commander and volunteer director who established the fund in 2012. "We recognize the next generation of our leaders whose futures are so promising," he said.

Thomas praised the high caliber of applicants who had competitive SAT/ACT scores, grades, athletic achievements, and community service.

"As a parent, I know it's hard to put kids through school," said. Col. Guillaume Beaurpere, 1st SFG commander. "The opportunities provided by the Special Forces Scholarship Fund are tremendously value-added."

Thomas and Col. (Ret.) Charles Higbee, fund co-director, presented the certificates to the students who could apply for scholarships for up to four years of undergraduate education and two years of graduate scholarships.

Andrew McCaulley, who graduated from Yelm High School and will study aerospace engineering at the University of Washington, placed first in the scholarship order of merit list. "With so many students applying to college, all scholarships are so competitive," he said. "I feel lucky to have the support of 1st Group for continuing my education past high school."

Some of the scholarships were named for donors, such as the Heritage Scholarship sponsored by the Heritage Distilling Company, or a scholarship sponsored by the Special Forces Association Chapter XVI.

The outstanding scholars receiving 2017 1st SFG Special Forces Scholarships and the schools they will attend are:

Kylie Ada, Pacific Lutheran University

Julia Bagshaw, Washington State University

Lauren Colonair, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mary Margaret Deedrick, Catholic University

Sierra Dickinson, Linfield College

Taylor Fernandez, Whitworth University

Caitlin Guiao, Chapman University

Taylor Guthrie, Ohio State University

Victoria Holcom, George Mason University

Bailey Hunt, Skagit Valley College

Seth Koivisto, Pacific Lutheran University

Madison Littlefield, University of San Francisco

Andrew McCauley, University of Washington

Alexis Orosco, University of Washington

Preston Palmer, University of Washington

Noah Prokopowicz, Seattle University

Jordan Reed, Florida Southern University

Teresa Shreve, University of Montavello

Bailey Stehn, Washington State University

Trentan Walker, Santa Clara University

Bobbye Wardlow, Hendrix College

Alex Wilson-Heid, Pennsylvania State University

The 1st SFG Special Forces Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)3 charitable, nonprofit fund that provides merit-based scholarships to the children of Special Forces soldiers. Every dollar donated to the fund goes directly to scholarships for children and is fully tax deductible. Anyone interested in supporting the fund is invited to view the "1st Special Forces Group Scholarship Fund" Facebook page, or to contact Col.(Ret) Rick Thomas at rickthomas@msn.com.

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