Organization Presents $41,000 in Scholarships and Grants | News


When the Redstone Arsenal Military and Civilians Club talks about community support, they put their money where their mouth is.

The club donated $41,185 to deserving community organizations and outstanding students at the RSAMCC Awards Night on May 17 at The Summit. The 100 participants included World War II veteran Harold McMurran, 98.

Maj. Gen. Rodney Fogg, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and Operations, G-3, Army Materiel Command, was the guest speaker.

“Thank you very much for what the club is doing and for what we are preparing to do,” Fogg said.

The club has awarded 16 community assistance grants, seven military community scholarships and eight merit awards.

Elaine Oakes, co-founder and vice-president, has accepted a community assistance grant of $1,500 on behalf of Honoring Veteran Legacies.

“We are very grateful for the support in setting up and running our educational resource so that teachers of many subjects can use veterans’ stories to teach practical lessons,” she said. “It’s often more about what’s caught than what’s taught. We want the stories of our heroes to continue to be told and applied in a variety of ways, not just in history lessons.

Hazel Green High School student Katalina Archiable received a $3,000 military community scholarship. She plans to attend the University of Alabama at Huntsville and major in information systems with a concentration in cybersecurity. She is a Cadet Commander in the Navy JROTC at Hazel Green High. Daughter of Shawn and George Wesley Archiable, she has a three-year Advanced Designated Army ROTC Fellowship at UAH.

“I’m very honoured, very excited,” Archiable said. “And just really happy for all the people seeing the great things I did in high school.”

The scholarship amounts were announced during the scholarship program. Laianni Moore, a senior at Columbia High School, received a $2,000 military community scholarship. She plans to major in political science at Tennessee State University so she can eventually become a defense attorney.

“I’m very grateful,” she said before the program. “No matter the amount, I think whatever I receive will help me in my future.”

Cherie Cain, club president, welcomed the participants. Cathy Hays, Co-Chair of the Merit Awards, read excerpts from the students’ essays.

“We couldn’t ask for a more supportive community for our soldiers and their families,” Hays said.

Military community scholarship recipients included Katalina Archiable, UAH ($3,000); Quinn Bigelow, University of Tennessee ($1,000); Ava Haider, Auburn University ($1,000); Daniel Lawrence, Duke University ($2,000); Laianni Moore, Tennessee State University ($2,000); Zoe Mueller, Auburn University ($1,000); and Weixing Zhang, Yale University ($2,000).

Merit award recipients included Alyssa Albers, University of South Alabama ($4,000); Lauren Campbell, Auburn University ($1,000); Emma Colavita, University of Alabama ($3,000); Mary Downs, University of Mississippi ($2,500); Jackson Ford, University of Tennessee ($1,000); Emma Joly, Georgia Tech ($1,000); Zander Narum, George Washington University ($1,500); and Anna Paschall, Auburn University ($1,500).

Community Assistance Grant recipients included the Alabama Center of Military History ($1,000), Angels of America’s Fallen ($500), Athens State University Foundation ($500), Community Awareness for Youth ($1,000) , Disabled American Veterans Chapter 26 ($1,000), The Decatur City Schools Excel Center ($250), Girls on the Run of North Alabama ($1,485.51), God’s Word for Warriors ($600), Heart of the Valley YMCA ($1,500), Honoring Veteran Legacies ($1,500), Huntsville Chapter of Military Officers Association of America ($500), Legacy 4 Korean War Veterans Foundation ($1,000), Madison County American Legion Post 237 (1 $350), Redstone Ten-Miler Team ($500), Semper Fi and America’s Fund ($500), and the Semper Fi Community Task Force of North Alabama ($1,000).

Major contributors included BAE Systems, Corporate Office Properties Trust, Huntsville Chapter of Military Officers Association of America, Leading Edge Real Estate, Moves By Jagger LLC, North Alabama Veterans & Fraternal Organizations Coalition, and PZI Consulting.

Editor’s Note: Redstone Arsenal Military and Civilians Club is a private, non-profit organization not affiliated with the military or Redstone Arsenal.

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