Scholarship Awards

FOAA Awards Scholarships

Five $1000 scholarships for 1998-99 were awarded in a ceremony on September 30 in the University Library attended by more than 60 members and participants. The scholarship recipients were: Nichole Noroian, a freshman from Salinas; Juanita Perea-Jiminez, Carmel Valley; Jennifer DePaolo, Lompoc; Adrian Andrade, Hollister; and Janet Hicks, who transferred from CSU Chico. Three of the scholarships have been named in honor of soldiers who have contributed to the history of Fort Ord and have served their nation in a significant manner: General Edward O. C. Ord, for whom the post was named; General Joseph W. (Vinegar Joe) Stilwell, who formed the 7th Division at Fort Ord built Fort Ord in '40-4, and later was in charge of a major portion of allied forces in the Far East campaign during WW II; and Platoon Sergeant James L. Rucker, a former drill sergeant at Fort Ord who retired and went on to build the ROTC program at Seaside High and work with troubled youth in the county.


The ceremony was attended by family members of all three individuals for whom scholarships are named. Ms. Marian Ord flew in from Washington, D.C., to present the General E.O.C. Ord scholarship to Juanita Perea-Jiminez. Ms. Ord is the great-granddaughter of General Ord. She was accompanied by her sister-in-law Mrs. Jane Ord, whose husband Mr. Edward O.C. "Ned" Ord is the great-grandson of the general. A last minute business commitment prevented Ned from attending. Colonel (Retired) John Easterbrook, General Stilwell's grandson, attended and presented the General Joseph W. Stilwell scholarship to Nichole Noroian. Seaside Mayor Pro Tem Helen Rucker presented the Platoon Sergeant James L. Rucker scholarship to Jennifer DePaolo. Adrian Andrade and Janet Hicks received FOAA Scholarships presented by Lieutenant General (Retired) Robert Ord, the Chair of the Scholarship Committee for 1998-99.

President Peter Smith made opening remarks that reflected CSUMB's commitment to FOAA and the importance to student's education of their understanding and appreciation of the history of Fort Ord and the contributions of the soldiers, civilians, and their families who served and lived on the base for most of this century. Donna Johnson, the Chair of the 1999-2000 Scholarship Committee, organized the event.

The scholarships are funded by member dues and special scholarship gifts. The association hopes to provide at least as many scholarships next year. This is a perfect way to "invest in the future of Fort Ord."

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New Orginizational members

BSL Golf of California has joined the ranks of corporate sponsors to the Association. Mayor of Seaside Don Jordan presented a corporate membership plaque to Mr. Joe Priddy, General Manager of the Bayonet and Blackhorse Gold Courses.

Major General (Retired) William Gourley, Chair of the Membership Committee and Mr. Bob Schaffer, Vice Chair of the Advisory Board presented the corporate membership plaque to Mr. Mark Verbonich, VP for Community Affairs with the Pebble Beach Company

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U.S. Army Band and Soldier's Chorus

The Association, along with the City of Monterey, KSBW TV, and the Monterey County Herald are hosting a Veteran's Day concert in the Monterey Conference Center at 7:30 p.m on November 11. The announcement was made in the Herald and included the opportunity to send in for tickets. The response has been overwhelming. All of the public tickets have been sent out and there are still requests coming in. The association is preparing a CD with selections from the band and will offer them for sale at the concert. The proceeds will be used for scholarships. A special event has been arranged with one of the organizational members of the Association, American Legion Post 694 in Marina. The Post is scheduling a light buffet at the post followed by bus transportation to the convention center for the concert. The buffet will be at 6:00 p.m. and the bus will depart for the concert at 6:45 p.m. The seating is limited. If you are interested in attending with this group please contact FOAA at 582-4116 prior to November 5.

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FOAA Benefits

Your FOAA card provides a 10% discount on clothing and gift merchandise at the university bookstore

FOAA membership allows you the same reduced price to use CSUMB's Wellness Activity Center (former Faith Gym) as the staff and faculty.

Access to the Outdoor Recreation Program at Presidio of Monterey is available with your FOAA membership card. Check it out.

Have a desire to advertise to the CSUMB community? Use the school newspaper - Otter Realm. FOAA members get the CSUMB Community Rate for ads.

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New Advisory Board Members

Your nominations resulted in four board members being elected to serve the association: Terry Siegrist, Chief of the Outdoor Recreation Division at Presidio of Monterey; LTC Richard Chastain, Director or Operations, Plans and Programs at DLI; Gary Iversen, retired US Navy Captain, Personal Financial Analyst, and current Trustee for the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation; and John Longley, City Manager of Marina. Each of them are already hard at work on Association projects. Congratulations and thanks to each of them.

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