Vietnam Veterans of America Cumming Chapter 1030 awarded scholarships to three recent graduates of Forsyth County (Ga.) high schools last month. The $1,000 scholarships recognize students for achievement and school and community activities, and are awarded in the name of a Georgian killed in action during the Vietnam War.
Eliza Gazaway of North Forsyth High School accepted a scholarship presented in honor of of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Emory Franklin Johnson, killed in action on Feb. 24, 1967. Victoria Salo of West Forsyth High School accepted a scholarship presented in honor of the memory of Army Spec. 5 Bobby Jene Fields, killed in action on March 14, 1971. And Matthew Dees of Forsyth Central High School accepted a scholarship presented to honor the memory of PFC William Burgess, killed in action on June 4, 1969. Burgess’ sisters, Evelyn Morace and Elizabeth Mooney, attended the ceremony.
“Once again, all of the applicants demonstrated excellence in their academics, school activities and volunteering in the communities in which they live,” chapter President Gary Goyette said at the ceremony. Chapter 1030 is already working on next year’s scholarships, he reported.