ROA Henry J. Reilly Scholarship Recipients Announced

WASHINGTON--()--Today the Reserve Officers Association of the United States announced this year’s 10 Henry J. Reilly Scholarship recipients, who will each receive $2,500 toward their graduate and undergraduate studies.

“It is a privilege to support the education of the fine scholars selected for this year’s Henry J. Reilly Scholarships,” said ROA’s executive director, Jeffrey Phillips, a retired Army Reserve major general. “These men and women represent the future of an America secured by generations of reservists who served in our nation’s military.”

Scholarship recipients will attend institutions of higher learning including Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; the universities of Michigan, Oklahoma, and South Dakota; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Texas A&M; Georgia Institute of Technology; Notre Dame; and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

“The money will allow me to focus on my studies and clinicals, and not have to take out as many student loans,” wrote a scholarship recipient who will pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. “This award will also assist my parents who will be helping to fund my education. I am forever grateful for the opportunity that this scholarship provides by allowing me to attend the school of my choice and pursue a career that is meaningful to me.”

“As I begin my work in the field of aerospace engineering, I know that I will be faced with challenges beyond comprehension, and I am ready to work my hardest to take each one on; however, there is one that repels me,” wrote a scholarship recipient who will pursue a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering. “It is that of the financial stress the degree causes. Your generosity has reminded me that no challenge is undefeatable, and for that, I cannot thank you enough.”

“This gift will be used to assist me in attaining my educational goals along with improving human-robotic teleoperation display interfaces. I invite you to take a tour of my lab some time to see the groundbreaking research that these funds will be making possible,” wrote a scholarship recipient who will pursue a doctorate in psychology.

Recipients of the academic year 2017-2018 Henry J. Reilly Scholarships are:

Alexander Casado, of Fayetteville, Ga.
Reagan Cloutier, of Escondido, Calif.
Anna Berger, of Oak Ridge, N.C.
Katy Dinkins, of San Antonio, Texas
Patrick McMonagle, of Davenport, Iowa
Amber Morrisett, of Edmond, Okla.
Madison Murdoch, of Dearborn, Mich.
Eric Roberts, of Yankton, S.D.
Carolyn Rosenblum, of Bluffton, S.C.
Sydney Smith, of Normal, Ill.

ROA congratulates these exemplary scholars and wishes them success in their studies and the pursuit of their dreams.

Henry J. Reilly Scholarships are awarded for both undergraduate and graduate studies on a competitive basis of academics, leadership and service, and potential for contribution to society. They are funded within the ROA’s STARs Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports the work of the ROA to enhance the security of the nation by sustaining a strong Reserve force and supporting citizen-warriors and their families who serve our country so faithfully. Scholarship applicants must be members of ROA or direct family members.

Brig. Gen. Henry J. Reilly was ROA’s first president; an artillery officer, he commanded an infantry brigade in the 42nd “Rainbow” Infantry Division in World War I. He helped Gen. John “Black Jack” Pershing found the Reserve Officers Association of the United States in 1922, to support a strong national defense in response to precipitous post-war reductions in the military. After military service, General Reilly was a journalist, historian and lifelong proponent of education.

ROA received its congressional charter in 1950 and is the only national organization with an exclusive focus on support of the nation’s seven uniformed reserve components: the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve and the reserve components of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Henry J. Reilly Memorial Library and Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)3 charitable organization (EIN 52-6056998) funded by donations, which can be mailed to ROA Headquarters at 1 Constitution Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002, or made online at Donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Reserve Officers Association of the United States
Jeff Phillips, 202-646-7701

Release Summary

Congressionally chartered ROA, supporting the nation's military Reserves and Guard, announces academic year 2017-18 scholarship recipients


Reserve Officers Association of the United States
Jeff Phillips, 202-646-7701