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Korean War Veterans Association reminds students to apply for scholarship

March 29, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com

A local Korean War veterans association wants to remind aspiring college students about two scholarships that have been offered for the last several years.

V. Joseph Startari, scholarship committee chairman of Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association, said the organization is having a hard time getting high school seniors to apply for the $500 scholarships.

“People just don’t seem interested,” he said.

Startari said students used to have to be a descendant of a Korean War veteran to apply, but Chapter 312 recently dropped that requirement.

“That allows more people to be eligible,” he said.

Candidates for the scholarships must be seniors at a private or public high school in Washington County, or a certified home-schooled student. In addition, applicants are required to provide a valid transcript of his or her most recent academic credits and a letter of acceptance from an accredited post-secondary school.

Those who apply have to be available for an interview by the selection committee and demonstrate a general knowledge of the importance of the Korean War.

Startari said one of Chapter 312’s main goals is to raise awareness of the Korean War, or the Forgotten War as it is commonly called.

“People should take interest in how this country has gone and defended others ... We have to learn from history,” he said.

Startari said the tentative deadline to apply for this year’s scholarships is April 8.

“We haven’t gotten anybody to apply,” he said. “We might stretch (the deadline) a bit.”

How to apply:

  • Print an application by visiting www.kwvaantietam312.org/pdfs/ScholarshipApp.pdf.
  • Send the application to Chairman, KWVA Antietam Chapter 312 Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 868, Funkstown, MD 21734-0868.
  • Questions should be directed to V. Joseph Startari at 301-739-0274.

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