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DRS Scholarship Fund for Children of Fallen Guardsmen


Scholarship Application Deadline June 30

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Applications are being accepted for the 2013 DRS Guardian Scholarships for children of National Guardsmen who were killed in the war on terrorism.

Successful applicants will receive up to $6,250 per year for either a four-year or two-year program of study.

The deadline is June 30. More information can be found at www.drsguardianfund.org

This is the third year the DRS Guardian Scholarship Fund will award scholarships to children of fallen Guardsmen. Four students received scholarships in 2011 when the scholarship fund was established. Eight scholarships were awarded last year.

The scholarship is funded by DRS Technologies, Inc. of Parsippany, N.J., and administered by the National Guard Educational Foundation.

“We are proud to help DRS Technologies provide this vital financial support to young people pursuing higher education,” said Luke Guthrie, the NGAUS director of development and membership services. “It is an excellent way to honor the sacrifice of Guardsmen who volunteered to serve their country during a time of war and paid the ultimate price.”

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Four Selected for Scholarships in 2011

Four children of National Guardsmen who lost their lives in the war on terrorism have been selected to receive the initial Guardian Scholarship Fund scholarships sponsored by DRS Technologies and the National Guard Educational Foundation.
The scholarship program was created this year to assist the college-bound children of fallen Guard members.

Those selected will receive four grants of $6,250 during each year they attend school. They can receive up to four grants for a total of $25,000.

The four recipients, including two brothers, were chosen by a review panel. They are:

Marcus Laureta, 30, of Troutdale, Ore., who will transfer this fall from Mt. Hood Community College to the University of Oregon. His stepfather, Sgt. Nathaniel Brad Lindsey, died on Sept. 9, 2006. He was an Oregon Guardsman in Afghanistan serving with the 41st Brigade Combat Team.

Brandon J. Laureta, 24, who is now studying in Japan through Temple University. He is the brother of Marcus Laureta.

Nathan Alexander Smith, 19, of West Liberty, Iowa, who is currently attending the University of Iowa. He is the son of Chief Warrant Officer 4 Bruce Alan Smith, who died Nov. 2, 2003. He was serving with Det. 1, Company F, 106th Aviation, of the Iowa National Guard.

Ronald Lee Bittiker, 21, of Jacksonville, N.C., who is attending Wake technical Community College in Raleigh, N.C and plans to transfer to North Carolina State in the fall of 2012. His father, Spc. Robert Lee Bittiker died June 29, 2009. He was serving in Iraq with the 120th Combined Arms Battalion of the North Carolina National Guard. He was on his third combat deployment.

A video about the program and an explanation of how to donate to the fund can be seen at www.drsfoundation.net/guard.

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