WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 29, 2008) - The Army Scholarship Foundation announced Aug. 15 the award of seven scholarships to children of Soldiers, veterans and spouses of active duty enlisted Soldiers. The foundation was created in 2001.

"We're very proud that we were able to assist Army family members in the pursuit of their education dreams through these scholarship awards," said Jeff Gault, scholarship administrator. "We're also grateful for our generous supporters for helping make this happen."

Scholarships for the 2008-2009 academic year were awarded to Jennifer Cheek of Fayetteville, N.C. who is attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Ashley Wright of El Paso, Texas who is attending the University of Texas at El Paso; and Steven Ledvina of Toledo, Iowa who is attending the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Additionally, In addition, the below listed scholarships were awarded to deserving Army family members.

The Captain Jennifer Schafer-Odom Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Deleshia Youngblood of Fort Campbell, Ky. who is attending the University of Louisville. She is the daughter of Sgt. 1st Class and Mrs John Youngblood.

Jennifer Shafer Odom grew up on a dairy farm in Knoxville, Md. After graduating first in her class at Brunswick High School, she entered West Point and graduated in 1992. She became an Army aviator and served tours in the United States and Europe, where she supported both the Kurdish refugee and Bosnia missions. While serving with the 204th Military Intelligence Battalion out of Fort Bliss, Texas in 1999, her aircraft was reported missing while flying intelligence and counter-drug missions over Columbia, South American. She and her crew were lost.

The Lieutenant Scott Love Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Thomas McGinnis of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. who will attend Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., where he will major in performing arts and music. McGinnis' father is currently deployed to Afghanistan with Regional Advisory Command - Central.

First Lt. Scott Love was killed in action in 1991 while serving in Operation Desert Storm. Born into an Army family at Fort Campbell, Ky., Love graduated from high school in Huntsville, Ala. He graduated from Florida State University in 1996 and enlisted in the Army in 1999 as a military intelligence specialist. In 2003, he attended officer candidate school at Fort Benning, Ga. and was subsequently assigned as a platoon leader with 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry stationed at Baumholder, Germany. His unit deployed to Kuwait in November 2005 with Scott's platoon assigned as part of Task Force 1-35 Armor when he was killed at Ar Ramadi, Iraq.

The KBR Honorary Scholarship was awarded to Janay Cheek of Fayetteville, N.C., who is attending North Carolina A&T State University. She is the daughter of Chief Warrant Officer and Mrs. Reginald Cheek of Fort Bragg, N.C.

KBR, headquartered in Houston is a global engineering, construction, and services company supporting the government services, energy, petrochemicals, and civil infrastructure sectors. The company employs over 50,000 people worldwide and is a leader in the government infrastructure sector by being a low-cost, high-efficiency and absolutely reliable provider. KBR is the largest Army contractor and a top-ten contractor for Department of Defense.

The Hamilton Sundstrand Honorary Scholarship was awarded to Elizabeth Grimm, spouse of Pfc. Daniel Chabot. Chabot is serving with 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry at Fort Polk, La. Grimm is attending the University of Colorado, where she is majoring in foreign relations and Italian.

Hamilton Sundstrand, a United Technologies Corporation, employs approximately 18,300 people worldwide and is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Ct. A supplier of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs, manufactures and services aerospace systems and provides integrated system solutions for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. It also is a major supplier for international space programs.