Sgt. Blake Stephens Scholarship
Pocatello native Sgt. Blake Stephens was killed by a roadside bomb May
8, 2007 while serving in Iraq with the U.S. Army.
Stephens, 25, was the commander of the lead vehicle in a four Humvee convoy escorting a colonel through Salman Pak, 18 miles southeast of Baghdad, when his vehicle was hit simultaneously by four improvised explosive devices. The driver, Spc. Kyle Little, of Massachusetts, was also killed. The only survivor in the vehicle, California resident Pfc. Saul Martinez, lost both of his legs.
Following Stephens' death, his friends at Hooligans Bar in Pocatello started an annual foosball tournament in his honor. All proceeds from the event are used to fund the Blake Stephens Scholarship, which is awarded each fall to a deserving ISU student veteran. The ISU Foundation manages the fund.
Stephens is survived by his wife, Erin Dructor. He graduated from Century High School in 2000.