Holding certificates for being selected for this year’s Chiefs’ Group and First Command scholarships are Kelley MaKenzie, Zoey Mann, Kade Utz, Jessica Andrews and Staff Sgt. Ahmed Abdul-Rahim. (Contributed photo)

Wright-Patterson Chiefs’ Group honors local scholars

The Wright-Patterson Chiefs’ Group partnered with First Command and the Forbeck Family Foundation to provide scholarships for academic and technical college programs Aug. 17 at the United Service Organization Inc.

The Chiefs’ Group hosted an awards luncheon themed “My Academic Goals and My Contribution to Society” to announce and recognize their 2018 scholarship winners.

Candidates were required to submit an essay describing their educational goals and how they will use their skills and knowledge to contribute to society.

Nine scholarships amounting to $9,500 were awarded in the categories of unmarried dependents of active-duty, reserve, guar, or retired enlisted members and active-duty, reserve or guard enlisted members who are attached or assigned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The Chiefs’ Group and First Command Scholarship winners are selected based on individual needs, individual merit, or a combination of both.

The Forbeck Scholarship is awarded to the applicant who displays a level of hard work, determination and excellent effort toward his or her educational goals and dreams.

The award is presented by Robert Forbeck, a grandson who flies in from Nevada to personally present and congratulate the winner.

The Forbeck name has been connected to Wright-Patterson since 1941, when Clarence and Eleanor Forbeck began working at Wright and Patterson Fields.

The Chiefs’ Group has partnered with the First Command Educational Foundation and the Forbeck Family Foundation since 2011.

Scholarship winners in the Chief Master Sergeant category were Zoey Mann, MaKenzie Kelley and Molly Brown.

Winners in the Senior Master Sergeant and below category were Breonna Gillespie and Kade Utz.

Winners in the active-duty category were Tech. Sgt. Donald Weber, Senior Airman Jessica Andrews and Staff Sgt. Ahmed Abdul-Rahim.

The Forbeck scholarship winner was Katarina Dranchak.

The Chiefs’ Group, First Command and Forbeck awards are presented annually.

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