The 1SG P. Andrew McKenna, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Due Date: 
Monday, April 23, 2018

The 1SG P. Andrew McKenna, Jr. Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating High School Senior in the State of Rhode Island. The applicant must be a legal U.S. Citizen, a resident of the state of Rhode Island, who has been accepted into an accredited two or four year college or university as a full time student. He or she must have demonstrated academic excellence with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The applicant must also meet one or more of the following criteria:  

  • A member of the JROTC / ROTC - A member of their High School Track/Cross Country Team for at least 2 years
  • Has a parent/guardian or sibling who is actively serving in the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Has a parent/guardian or sibling who served honorably overseas

All applicants must include one letter of recommendation from a Head Coach, Assistant Coach or teacher that details your character as a person and/or an athlete.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted for consideration.

Value Of Award: The 1SG P. Andrew McKenna, Jr. Memorial Scholarship recipient will receive one scholarship in the amount of $1,500.00. The Award will be presented at Class Awards Night or in person and made payable to both the recipient and the college/university they will be attending. This is not a needs based scholarship.

The application shall consist:  of a student-information sheet containing the name, address, telephone number, email address, and date of birth of the applicant; a list of the applicant’s teams, clubs, and activities; the applicant’s GPA; indication as to whether the applicant is a member of ROTC, cross-country, track, or has a parent, guardian, or sibling actively serving in the military or who has served honorably overseas (include name and enlistment information); the name and address of the college or university at which the scholarship will be used and indication if accepted; if not accepted to college, the top-three college choices; and course of study to be pursued.

Applicants must also respond to this essay question: 

On August 7, 2015 1SG P. Andrew McKenna, Jr. came under fire from Taliban forces while defending Camp Integrity in Kabul, Afghanistan, and made the ultimate sacrifice for his comrades and his country. He is a man who once described selfless service as “the most important thing.” Who once said: “The act of putting the well-being of others ahead of your own is the ultimate of showing what you’re made of. It’s not often brought out, but when it is, it can be unparalleled. The decision to rush forward, placing your life at risk for the welfare of a teammate or the rest of the team says more about a man in my book than anything else. What we have done for ourselves dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” 

1SG P. Andrew McKenna, Jr. has been labeled and credited as a leader and a hero, with bravery, honor, courage, and selfless traits. Please describe in your own words (250 words or more) what it means to possess the qualities and traits of 1SG P. Andrew McKenna, Jr. What does making the ultimate sacrifice for your team or your country mean to you? Feel free to use any and all personal experiences.

Applications are due to School Counselors' office by Monday, April 23, 2018 for processing and mailing.


Intended For: 
Seniors Only