2016 Scholarship Winners
Sijan Chapter Scholarships Awarded
Each year the Chapter awards scholarships to outstanding high school seniors who have been accepted for enrollment at a college or university, and to current outstanding freshman, sophomore and junior students at a college or university. These scholarships are open to family members of active duty and retired Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members plus Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings members. Dave Geuting did a masterful job of collecting the applications, selecting a scholarship judging committee and presenting awards to the winne
rs. The judging committee of Rebecca Decker, Tim Tichawa and Linda Aldrich evaluated four college entries and thirteen high school entries ultimately to determine distribution of $6500 from the Chapter. In addition to providing a transcript of grades and a resume to include school and volunteer activities, each entry contained a short essay voicing the student’s opinion as to whether women should have to register for the draft. The committee said the opinions in the essays ranged from absolutely yes to absolutely no, and presented some very convincing arguments on both sides of the issue.
The Chapter is proud to announce the following college recipients: Whitney Stanton (CU-Boulder), Isabel Taylor (CSU-Pueblo), and Katie Perroni (Colorado Mesa). Our high school recipients are: Lauren Moran (Cheyenne Mountain), Bailey Florek (Rampart), Michael Simmons (St. Mary’s), Aleesa Muir (Classical Academy), Andrew Meikle (Sand Creek), and Cameron Sojak (Grafton/Palmer). One high school scholarship winner is designated for the Irwin Scholarship to honor Colonel James Irwin, astronaut, lifetime AFA member and long-time Colorado Springs resident. The awardee must be pursuing a technical degree. Our selectee this year is Andrew Meikle, who will be entering CU-Boulder in the fall and is pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering.
In addition to the Chapter scholarships, the State AFA administers selection of a recipient of the Francisco Garcia scholarship, an annual $1000 scholarship. The program is designed to provide funds to need-based Colorado high school graduates going on to college to obtain a degree in an aerospace related field. Each chapter in the state may designate one recipient, however, if a chapter does not have a nominee, another chapter may designate two nominees. Because of this rule, the Sijan Chapter has two recipients this year. Juanita Quiroz (William Mitchell High School) plans to attend Pikes Peak Community College and then UCCS with a planned course of study in Biomedical Engineering and Biology. Alexis Torres (Harrison High School) has been accepted at several universities but hasn’t decided which location he will attend to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering. The Mel Harmon Chapter has two selectees as well.
Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients and thanks to Dave Geuting for the hours he contributes each year to this successful Sijan Chapter program.