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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, like you.  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


Eligibility for scholarship support is open to individuals who are either the children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews of former Intruders. To be eligible for a scholarship award, the applicant must be a direct line descendant of an Intruder. Priority is given to those applicants who are family members of an Intruder listed as MIA/KIA. Scholarships are awarded on a one-semester basis, with a maximum of four years of college attendance. The deadline for scholarship applications is July 1 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.


The completed application must be submitted to the program secretary no later than July 1 of the current year. 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. The required essay is heavily weighed. 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 February 1 for the spring semester and July 1 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
Greenboro, NC 27455


Jack Mayhew
2021 Huntwood Drive
Gambrills, MD 21054

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