THE 281st AHC MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The purpose of the 281st Assault Helicopter Company (AHC) program is to perpetuate the memory and valor of individuals who served honorably in the 281st AHC. The program places particular emphasis on recognizing those missing in action (“MIA”) and those killed in action (“KIA”). To this end, the 281st AHC Memorial Scholarship Fund annually awards scholarship grants in memory of these individuals. The 281st AHC Memorial Scholarship Fund program is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) program administered by the 281st AHC Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund is an independent non-profit corporation staffed by volunteer members of the 281st AHC Association and funded by generous Association members or other interested persons or companies. To contribute to the 281st AHC Memorial Scholarship Fund, please send your tax-deductible donation to the fund treasurer at:
281st AHC Memorial Scholarship Fund
c/o Walter J. Pikul, MBA, CPA, CFP®
PO Box 41035
Fayetteville, NC 28309
SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Eligibility for scholarship support is open to high school graduates who are either the children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews of former members of the 281st AHC (the “Intruders”). To be eligible for a scholarship award, the applicant must be a direct line descendant of an “Intruder”. Scholarships are awarded on a one-semester basis, with a maximum of four years of college attendance. The deadline for scholarship applications is June 15 of each year.
An eligible individual may apply for scholarship support for attendance at an accredited college or an accredited technical school or training program.
Scholarship decisions are made without regard to association membership.
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS AND AWARD PROCESS
The completed application must be submitted to the program Secretary no later than June 15 of the year of graduation. Each application is reviewed for eligibility and completeness by the Secretary who in turn “sanitizes” the application by removing the applicant’s name and family connection. Each “sanitized” application is reviewed by a minimum of three members of the Scholarship Board who will rate each applicant based on their achievements, grade point average, and potential for success in higher education. Individuals selected for initial scholarship awards and those returning students approved for continued support, will be announced by the President of the Scholarship Board at the main event of the annual 281st AHC Association reunion.
Applicants awarded scholarships must submit their grades and proof of attendance following each term completed before payment for the next term can be processed. Grades and proof of attendance must be received by the program Secretary no later than January 15 for the spring semester and June 15 for the fall semester. Awardees should confirm that the Secretary has received their grades and proof of attendance.
Information concerning the program or assistance in completing the application can be obtained by contacting the program secretary:
Dr. Karen Heintz-Forcht
1715 Dunleith Way
Greensboro, NC 27455
2021 Huntwood Drive
Gambrills, MD 21054