Falls Church resident Eugene J. DeNezza, II received a $5,000 scholarship from the American Military Retirees Association as part of the Sargeant Major Douglas R. Drum Memorial Scholarship Program, the association announced last week.
DeNezza is studying mechanical engineering in the honors program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fl. Scholarship applicants must be sponsored by an AMRA member. Here is an excerpt of his scholarship essay:
“It is my desire to become a Commissioned Officer in the U. S. Air Force in 2019. My parents are both senior citizens and my Dad is still working to provide for my education. I am very active in the Air Force ROTC Detachment at ERAU! Since I was about seven years old I set my sights on serving our great country in the military.”
In 2015 through the Sergeant Major Douglas R. Drum Memorial Scholarship program, AMRA awarded scholarships totaling $35,000 to AMRA members, their spouses, dependent children, or grandchildren for undergraduate study at two or four year accredited, degree-granting institutions.