Essay submissions reinforce important character and civics lessons students retain from their veterans.
2021 Scholarship Recipients
1st Place - Reagan Blanchard
“I joined Veterans Heritage Project after the first interview I attended in 6th grade. It was the interview of Art Schaeffer, a navigator on a B-17 in World War II. The interview started with one question, and two hours later, I knew everything about his life. I loved learning about his time in service, his perspective and appreciated the opportunity to build a relationship with him and his family. That was the first of ten interviews that I attended and with each I became more aware of what this country is made of. I have a completely different perspective and understanding, not just about the military, but about the world and the place our veterans have in it. VHP has helped me understand the importance of relationships, how to work with others, and why what you say and do matters so much.”
2nd Place - Michelle Satran
“Throughout life, most people have a “memory box,” a place to store life-changing moments, photographs of people they’ve shared experiences with, and mementos from favorite places. For some people, it takes their entire lifetime to fill their memory box. But for me, after joining Veterans Heritage Project, it seems I already need to invest in more storage. My memory box is layered with lessons learned and relationships formed with veterans. VHP has opened my eyes and heart to stories of success and loss, and expanded my horizons for all life has to offer. The advice my veterans have given me remains at the top of my memory box as a constant reminder to go out and make a difference in the world.”
3rd Place - Chole Holst
“In the biography I wrote for TSgt Lacivita, I included a paragraph that explained Agent Orange and its drastic consequences that wreaked havoc on both people and the environment. Afterwards, I also painted him a portrait of his favorite K-9 partner and let him know how honored I was to share his story. I am in VHP because I want to spread word about our military vets. I want people to hear about their best memories or most painful sacrifices. I want them to know how the cruelties of war have affected them, or how the military changed their lives and shaped them into better people.”
Above & Beyond - Lauren Anderson
“I volunteered at the Massing of the Colors event, attended Pearl Harbor Remembrance events, the Memorial Day Celebration, and joined Barbara Hatch at the ADVS Military and Veteran Women’s Summit. I’ve walked with my classmates at Veterans Day Celebrations, and attended every book reception. I volunteered as lead editor for our 600-page book in 2020, spending over 200 hours laying out veteran stories and helping construct our beloved book. As vice-president for our chapter, I helped run meetings and worked closely with teacher advisors. VHP is the most valuable and irreplaceable feature in my life, and every second that I’ve devoted to the club has been priceless.”
Jennifer Caitlin Campbell Memorial Travel Scholarship - James Lednicky
“Visiting the Czech Republic would provide an insight into the history of the country and a lesser-known chapter of WWII and the Cold War. As someone who plans to become a U.S. military officer, it is important for me to have a broad view of the world, to be well-versed in global cooperation, and to understand the military history of the European continent. It is more vital than ever to be a global citizen who has a firm grasp on the current state of the world as the world’s economies, politics, and cultures become increasingly interdependent. Understanding how other democratic societies function is key to developing plans and ideas on how to better participate in, improve, and protect American democracy.”
Copper Lamp of Knowledge Scholarships
Awarded by the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society
Asher - Phoenix
Asher Furedy has been an involved member of the Veteran’s Heritage Project club at Shadow Mountain High School for three years now. Asher is currently the President of her chapter and has greatly enjoyed writing veteran stories and editing and formatting the last two Since You Asked editions. She feels that this is the best club and organization she has ever been a member of, and plans to continue as an active member, helping to launch a chapter at NAU.
Chole - Tucson
Chloe Choquette was born in Tucson but didn’t stay there for long. As a part of an Air Force family, she has moved seven times. She has gone from Washington D.C. to Japan to Florida, and has seen and experienced things most people her age could never dream of. Now a senior at Ironwood Ridge High School, she plan to become a psychologist and take on the mental health epidemic. She will major in psychology at the U of A Honors College.
Michelle - Cave Creek
Michelle Satran is the president of the Cactus Shadows High School VHP chapter. She started helping her sister with VHP activities at eight years old, and started writing veterans stories in the sixth grade. Michelle is passionate about making a connection with the veterans, and with her VHP peers. Leading meetings has enabled her to be more assertive, but also understanding. She has played a key role in the book reception, one of her “favorite days of the year.”