The May luncheon was the platform for the Sarasota Military Officers Scholarship Fund (SMOSF) to award a $2,000 scholarship to each of the following students (two additional students will be recognized at the June luncheon):
- Aravind Byju (Pine View HS) – attending Harvard University
- Keaton Clark (Sarasota Military Academy) – attending New York University,
- Vada Hammons (Sarasota Military Academy) – attending the University of Florida,
- Robert Hodgson (Booker HS) – attending the University of Virginia,
- Dakota Stoble (Booker HS) (Schmidt Scholarship) – Palm Beach University
Kathryn Beck (Cardinal Mooney HS) – attending Florida State University and Cassandra Golembeski (Riverview HS) – attending Liberty University were not able to attend, and will receive their scholarships at the June luncheon.
After helping MOAS President George Tracy present the scholarship awards to our accomplished recipients, Bill Church, Executive Editor of the Sarasota Herald Tribune, gave an engaging and entertaining speech to the membership, sharing some of the wisdom he has acquired from many years of leading newsrooms. He explained to the students present that if they continue to excel in their studies they would someday find themselves in his shoes, acting as keynote and commencement speakers. Bill shared the three most important points for a speaker to remember: have fun, be yourself, and be a good storyteller.
He then addressed the very relevant and often sensitive topic of the relationship between the media and politics. Bill explained that the disagreements we have are the result of the freedoms we have, and that the media should reflect the numerous opinions and viewpoints of our diverse citizenry.
In closing, Bill described how proud he was to grow up as military brat and his fond memories of his experiences moving around the world each time his Air Force dad received a new assignment. He was presented with the Inaugural Eagle award from the Military Officer’s Association of Sarasota as thanks for the Herald Tribunes continued support. Visit http://www.heraldtribune.com/personalia/bill.church to access Bill’s Sunday column.
The MOAS scholarship program was initially proposed in 1997. Over the ensuing years there have been numerous iterations of the program. The present program has two components, one for high school seniors and one for returning veterans.
The high school program, which has two components – JROTC & Merit – provides deserving local youth a financial jumpstart on their post high school education. This year we received 17 outstanding applications (to include a 500 word essay), which were reviewed and graded by the Committee.
Claire Power, Director and Chair of the Scholarship Committee, thanked the Scholarship Committee members for the hours of work that went into the 2016 Scholarship season; Len Friedlander, Mary Gordon, Carol O’Brien, Jean Southworth, Mike Staley and Kay Tracy. Please contribute to the MOAS Scholarship Fund today.
MOAS is the Sarasota Chapter of Military Officers Association of America. MOAA is the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers with 390,000 members. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. For more information visit, www.sarasotamoaa.com Are you a former military officer? Please come and join us at our monthly luncheon.