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. Application: http://www.isu.edu/scholar/forms/SgtBlakeStephensApp.pdf
- Photos from 2011 Sgt. Blake Stephens foosball tournament
- Sgt. Blake Stephens foosball tournament held in Pocatello, June 13, 2010, KIFI
- Community salutes soldier: May 13, 2007, ISJ
- Blake Stephens obituary, May 21, 2007, ISJ
- Field of Heroes planted: May 27, 2007, ISJ
- Video: Blake Stephens return: June 11, 2007
- Blake Stephens sacrificed himself for all of us: May 2007, ISJ
- Idaho soldier's wife says her husband died a hero: Military Times
Army ROTC Scholarship Program
Always Open - Scholarship benefits awarded up to annual amounts equal to tuition and allowable fees, plus allowances for books and living expenses. There is an obligation to accept a commission in the US Army, National Guard, or US Army Reserve if awarded this scholarship. For more information contact the Idaho State University Military Science Dept. at (208) 282-4264 or visit their website at: http://military.isu.edu/rotc/
Pat Tillman Scholarship
The Tillman Military Scholarships are intended to cover direct study-related expenses such as tuition, fees, and books, as well as other needs such as room and board and child care. The Pat Tillman Foundation allocates scholarships to individual applicants through the Foundation and through select university partners with existing servicemember support programs and enrollment. For more information, visit http://www.pattillmanfoundation.org/tillman-military-scholars.aspx
Iwo Jima Scholarship
Award amount varies depending upon funding levels - 2010-11 Academic Year - Must be a full-time student with a minimum 3.00 cumulative gpa - 1st preference Engineering majors, 2nd preference Nursing majors, 3rd preference any major - Must be a descendent of a participant in the Battle of Iwo Jima; if no such candidates apply, the recipient must be a descendant of any World War II veteran - Financial need is not required - Deadline - 03/09/10. Applications available at: http://www.isu.edu/scholar/forms/IwoJimaApp.pdf
The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program, or MyCAA, provided tuition of up to $6,000 for any military spouse to train for a portable career, one capable of enduring frequent military moves. The program was abruptly “paused” on Feb. 16 after a surge of applications threatened to drain its budget.
When it returns on Oct. 25, benefits will top out at $4,000, only spouses of junior service members – E1-E5, W1-W2 and O1-O2 – will be eligible, and they will be restricted to pursuing associate’s degrees, certificates and licenses. Of the 136,000 spouses participating in the program, 74,000 will no longer be eligible. A career counselor with Military OneSource, which runs the program, must approve each request.
U.S. MARINE CORPS LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIP
The U.S. MARINE CORPS LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIP is available for application. Information is provided below for your use. Fall 2010 Semester Award. Must have served active duty in the United States Marine Corps or United States Marine Corps Reserve and received an honorable discharge - OR be the spouse, or child of a United States Marine or United States Marine Reservist (must submit documentation for verification). Any Major may apply, Any Class Level, 2.5 min. GPA , 3.0 min. GPA for Graduate students, Must be a U.S. Citizen.