Indianapolis Survivors' Fund
Stanton, author of In Harm's Way, and the Grand Traverse Community
Regional Foundation, have announced the educational grant
recipients of the 2002 - 2003 USS Indianapolis Survivors'
Fund Scholarship Program.
Burgess, Bloomfield Hills MI, granddaughter of John Heller
Lucas Buckett, Beacon NY, grandson of Victor Buckett Kelly
O'Donnell, Indianapolis IN, granddaughter of James O'Donnell
Suzanne Trujillo, Gresham OR, granddaughter of Erwin Henson
Michael Bernacil, Livermore CA, grandson of Concepcion Bernacil
Patrick Marchman, Elinhurse IL, grandson of John Howison Jenny
Mickey, Menomonie WI, granddaughter of Melvin Jacob Jonathan
Summers, Birmingham AL, grandson of Richard Stevens Johanna
Summers, Birmingham AL, granddaughter of Richard Stephens
Greg Dail, Hertford NC, grandson of Felton Outland.
of the USS Indianapolis Survivors' Fund:
mission of the USS Indianapolis Survivors' Fund is to honor
the military service and the memory of the heroic men of the
USS Indianapolis, and to foster community service in the tradition
of their selfless concern for each other while at sea.
USS Indianapolis Survivors' Fund is a non-profit, charitable
fund established by Doug Stanton, author of In Harm's Way.
The Fund is established with the Grand Traverse Regional Community
Foundation, which is a public, non-profit charitable institution
based in Traverse City, Michigan. The purpose of the Fund
is to benefit the USS Indianapolis Survivors and their families.
to the Fund include a representative from the USS Indianapolis
Survivors' Organization, Richard Paroubek, and the chairman
of the Second Watch, Joseph Lanter. The membership of Second
Watch includes descendants of USS Indianapolis Survivors.
Second Watch is a service organization dedicated to the "promotion
of citizenship and patriotism and remembering what America
addition to donations from the Fund made toward the publication
of the USS Indianapolis Survivors' oral-history book project,
and to the USS Indianapolis Survivors' Organization "Adopt-
A-Survivor" program, the Fund has established a $7,500 college
scholarship program for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren
of living USS Indianapolis survivors. This is called the USS
Indianapolis Scholarship Program. The USS Indianapolis Survivors'
Fund funds the Scholarship Program.
of the USS Indianapolis Scholarship Program:
purpose of the USS Indianapolis Scholarship Program is to
support the educational careers of the descendants of USS
Indianapolis survivors by awarding scholarships on an annual
basis. It is this school-age generation who will carry on
the memory of the service and sacrifice of the men of the
ship. Many veterans' organizations, as well as commercial
trade associations, offer educational grants to the descendants
of their members. Until now, this hasn't existed in regard
to the living descendants of USS Indianapolis survivors.
this inaugural phase of the Scholarship Program, 10 grants
of $750 each have been awarded for the spring semester of
academic year 2002-2003. There were ten qualifying applications
for the available ten grants. All grants are directed to the
recipient's educational institution.
educational grants are awarded to the grandchildren or great
grandchildren of living USS Indianapolis survivors. Applicants
must have been full-time students at a vocational/technical,
community college, or accredited liberal arts institution,
and maintained a 3.0 GPA during their high school or college
applicant was asked to write an essay describing 1) What life
lessons the ordeal of being a USS Indianapolis crewmember
imparted to their grandfather/great grandfather; and 2) What
these life lessons have taught the applicant.
mission of these essays is to foster a connection and conversation
between generations within families; publicly honor the grandfather/great
grandfather who is a USS Indianapolis survivor; and further
broadcast the role of the USS Indianapolis in United States
essays will be published on the USS Indianapolis Survivors'
website, the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
website, and the In Harm's Way website.
goal of the USS Indianapolis Scholarship Program, which is
supported by the USS Indianapolis Survivors Fund, is to be
self-sustaining. The Scholarship Program's mission and application
requirements will be revised as needed, and funding for the
2003 - 2004 spring semester is being sought. Private and corporate
tax-deductible donations can be sent to:
USS Indianapolis Survivors' Fund c/o The Grand Traverse Regional
Community Foundation 250 East Front Street Suite 310 Traverse
City, MI 49684.