St. Juvin Post 1336 awards scholarship


ST. JUVIN POST 1336 Veterans of Foreign Wars 2018 scholarship winner Klarissa Aldridge with her parents Veronica and Scott Aldridge. Aldridge was presented with the award on May 9. Aldridge and her parents are pictured with (left) junior vice commander James (Hoppy) Phillips and (right) life member Jack Micetich who is the outgoing Scholarship Committee chairman. Photo by Bill Bomba/Post 1336

Coal City's St. Juvin Post 1336 Veterans of Foreign Wars awarded its 10th scholarship on May 9 at the Coal City High School Awards Night.
This year's grant was presented to graduating senior Klarissa Aldridge who will be attending Joliet Junior College's Occupational Therapy program.
Aldridge was selected from four applicants in the non-veteran category, which is restricted to those entering the health care field. Grant funds are presented at the end of the first semester when the recipient presents their grade transcript showing a 2.8 or greater on the 4.0 scale grade point average.
Veterans applying for the scholarship must have honorably served in the Armed Forces of the United States and apply not more than two years from their active duty separation date.
Veterans must follow the same guidelines as non-veterans except that they may undertake any form of post secondary education that is approved by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Veterans are also eligible to apply for two awards.  
Any Coal City High School graduate may apply.
The program was established in 2011 by then Post quartermaster Jack Micetich, a former Coal City school administrator, as a way to give back to the community that has so generously supported veterans and St. Juvin Post.  
Micetich served as the Post Scholarship Committee chair until this year, when he handed off the chairmanship to junior vice commander James (Hoppy) Phillips.
 This year's applicants were evaluated by a panel of four Post members; Phillips, adjutant Keith Roseland, and trustees John Dite and Don Tira. Applicants are evaluated on a blind eight category matrix with scoring of one to five in each category with only the chairman knowing the identities of the applicants.