The 506th Association Scholarship Committee selected Julia Gomes, of Sandy, OR, as the winner of one of our two 2009 $500 Scholarships. Julia graduated from Sandy High School in 2008 where she was named Most Outstanding Senior in a class of 378 students. While in High School she volunteered at Mount Hood Legacy Hospital and was a 4H member. In addition, Julia volunteered to assist in various activities that supported the Boy Scouts of America in her community. Julia is currently attending the University of Portland and is majoring in Nursing with a minor in Leadership. She is also a cadet in the Portland Battalion Army ROTC program with an expected commissioning date of June 2012. She served as XO in the University of Portland 5K run/walk fundraiser to raise money to send gift baskets to soldiers overseas. Julia is an avid tennis player, baker and potter. She is the daughter of Jerry and Kaye Gomes; Jerry served with E Company, 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry from October 1967 to June 1969
The following letter is from Julia:
June 16, 2009
Dear 506th Scholarship Committee,
I would like to thank you for awarding me with the 506th Association Scholarship. Coincidentally, I had the opportunity to attend the 3rd 506th Currahee Reunion at Fort Campbell with my parents and many other 506th Veterans from all over the United States at the end of May. We toured the base and observed different training exercises the soldiers demonstrated for us, which illuminated the soldier's expertise within their specialties and enthusiastic interest in the Veteran's own stories in the Army. We also eagerly attended the Military Ball, witnessing a true sense of camaraderie and esprit de corps among the soldiers. In addition to the excitement of being on base and seeing my father and soldiers exchange narratives, it was the perfect occasion to learn that I received the scholarship. It could not have been a better atmosphere, being in the home of the Currahees with my father's closest battle buddies and soldiers who carry on the distinguished unit's name. I can only say how grateful and honored I am in receiving the 506th Scholarship and that I readily await my own rendezvous with destiny when I become an Army Nurse in three years.
Thank you for your relentless generosity and support,
The 506th Association Scholarship Committee selected Elizabeth Wall, of Virden, IL, as the winner of one of our two 2009 $500 Scholarships. Elizabeth graduated top ten in her class from Virden High School in 2008. While in High School Elizabeth volunteered at the local Moose Kids Club, Big Brother's Big Sisters of America, Zearing Child Enrichment Center, Liberty Village Nursing Home, and Gateway Services. In High School she was also involved with Soccer, Tennis, Family Career and Community Leaders of America, Spanish Club, Science Club, Peer Counseling, and Youth Orchestra. Elizabeth is currently attending Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, majoring in Nursing and works as a Nursing Assistant at Memorial Medical Center. At SIUE, Elizabeth is a member of the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Resident Housing Association and Student government as a Senator. She is the daughter of Jim and Freda Wall; Jim served with both A and D Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry from January 1977 to April 1978 and with the Polish Battle Group attached to 4th BCT 506th Infantry in 2008.
The following letter is from Elizabeth:
June 28, 2009
To the 506th Infantry Regiment Association:
I am so honored to have been chosen as one the 2009 scholarship recipients. Thank you so much for your generosity; this scholarship is going to help me continue my goal of becoming a Registered Nurse Anesthetist, so that I may help and make a difference in the lives of others. You guys truly selfless and do an amazing job in everything you do and I want to thank you for that.
Thank you again for your generosity.