ST. GEORGE – Representatives of the Washington County Republican Women organization visited the campus of Dixie State College of Utah August 3 and presented a $1,500 donation to a scholarship fund which benefits spouses of the servicemen and women of the Utah National Guard’s 222nd Field Artillery Unit.
WCRW treasurer Judy Houston and WCRW member and “Caring for America” board member Wilma Courtney presented the organization’s check to DSC Vice President of Advancement, Christina Schultz, in a brief morning ceremony.
The scholarship fund, which is part of the “Caring for America” outreach program, was established at DSC in 2007 to honor veterans of the Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts, with priority shown to 222nd veterans and their families. The monies will provide financial assistance with college expenses, including tuition, books and college fees.
Scholarship candidates must have a 3.00 or higher academic grade point average, must demonstrate financial need (to be determined by the DSC financial aid office), must be a registered Republican, must live in Washington County, and must be married to a veteran of either the second Iraq War or the conflict in Afghanistan.
“It is important for our community to recognize these families and to support them during this difficult time,” Courtney said. “With their spouses being gone on deployment, we as a community need to pick up the slack and assist those families whose loved ones are sacrificing so much for the freedoms we enjoy.”
Part of the WCRW charter is supporting the military through the “Caring for America” program, where members engage in charity work, community work and support of the military and their families.
“We truly appreciate the continued support shown by the [WCRW] to the members of the 222nd and their families,” Vice President Schultz said. “We have been fortunate to have had many 222nd Unit veterans and their families enroll at [DSC]. We are proud and honored to help provide [to] not only those associated with the 222nd, but [to] all of our veterans and their families, an opportunity to gain a college education.”
If not enough students at Dixie State College satisfy the criteria for the scholarships, DSC will contact the Washington County Republican Women for a decision on how to disburse any remaining funds.
For more information about the scholarship or to apply, please contact Sue Perschon in the DSC Financial Aid office at 435-652-7578.