Hawkeye Honors Two Local Veterans with Scholarships

By: Public Relations and Marketing
Date Published: Friday, November 08, 2013

WATERLOO—Hawkeye Community College recently awarded two $1,000 scholarships to area veterans. The scholarships were made possible by the American Legion of Iowa Foundation.

This unique foundation was founded in 1978 and provides financial assistance to promote Americanism, youth programs, veterans’ rehabilitation, and community service in the state of Iowa. The foundation has accumulated an endowment of over two-million dollars. Earnings from this endowment are dedicated to support programs of veterans’ assistance, education, and patriotic endeavors.

Sean Rogers of Waterloo was a scholarship recipient and is a nursing student at Hawkeye. He currently serves as a NCO in the Army Reserves. Previously he served in the US Army and achieved the rank of sergeant. His career goal is to become a nurse practitioner in the state of Iowa.

Leah Gentz of Masonville was also a scholarship recipient and is a Liberal Arts student at Hawkeye. She currently serves in the Iowa National Guard. Her career goal is to become an occupational therapist.

The presentation was made by Mr. Carroll Wegner, President of the American Legion of Iowa Foundation. Mr. Wegner has been an American Legion member for over 40 years and an American Legion of Iowa Foundation member for more than 20 years. He was pleased to present the check to the Hawkeye Community College Foundation. Karen Gebel, Interim Executive Director for the foundation, accepted the check on behalf of the foundation. Robin Knight, Veterans Services Coordinator for Hawkeye Community College, represented the college at the presentation.
For more information on scholarships that are available or for information on donating to a scholarship fund through the Hawkeye Foundation, please call 319-296-4002.

Cutline: Pictured left to right: Karen Gebel, Interim Executive Director, Hawkeye Community College Foundation; Leah Gentz, scholarship recipient; Carroll Wegner, President of the American Legion of Iowa Foundation; Sean Rogers, scholarship recipient; Robin Knight, Veterans Services Coordinator, Hawkeye Community College