Blackhorse Scholarships

“Take care of our kids . . .”

The Blackhorse Association and Blackhorse Scholarships were born of a promise made by (then) Colonel George S. Patton to a dying L Troop trooper on 20 March 1969 on a battlefield in Vietnam. The vow to “not let people forget us” and “take care of our kids” became the inspiration to form the Blackhorse Association later that year at Fort Knox, KY.

The Blackhorse Association continues to grow in the support of named scholarships $3000 annually to “take care of our kids,” the founding purpose of the Association. We are excited about the growth and potential of this program and encourage others who might want to designate an annual scholarship to contact our Scholarship Director.

Named Scholarship Recipients for 2021 are:

COL George S. Patton: Parker Farrell
Blackhorse OIF Remembrance: Emma Cavendish
CSM Robert McCord: Alise Boal
Alpha Troop sponsored by the Benefield Family: Tea Pusey
Workhorse: Kylee Barnes
Iron Horse Commanders: Morgan Boal
Dan Roger Norman/Kris Thompson: Grace Brandl
Cold Steel: Abigail Brandl
BG John Sherman Crow: Sarah Mahoney

The other scholarship winners for 2021, in alphabetical order:

Charlotte Boland
Lauren Buzzell
Jenna Chancellor
Jerome Dorsey
Everitt Mack
Amanda Snyder
Kierra Taylor

Thanks to our Scholarship Committee for its support and hard work in rating our candidates.
Thank you all for your support of this important effort. These scholarships add up, and to support our scholarship fund, we need your continued support.

Donate to the Scholarship Fund

 


About Blackhorse Scholarships

Notice: Applications must be postmarked by April 1 each year for consideration.

Over the years, the Scholarship Fund has provided nearly $700,000 to help educate the children of Blackhorse Troopers killed in action or incapacitated by wounds – and later expanded to assist all children of the Blackhorse. Over forty years have passed and we continue to keep the promise made that day in Vietnam. A more noble cause does not exist and we will fulfill that commitment with your help. The specific criterion for candidates can be found below excerpted from the Blackhorse Association Bylaws:

Article XII: Scholarships

Section 1. This article outlines policies and procedures governing The Blackhorse Association Scholarship Program.

Section 2. The purpose of this program is to afford children of present or former members of the Regiment scholarship opportunities each year.

Section 3. Blackhorse Association Scholarship Program

A candidate must be a child or step-child of a present or former member of the Regiment.

The first selection priority will be given to children who lost a parent in service of the Regiment.

The second selection priority will be given to children of those incapacitated by wounds or injury while serving the Regiment.

The third selection priority will be given based on financial need of the applicant as expressed in the narrative portion of the application.

The recipient must use the scholarship by their 30th birthday. The candidate must be a graduating high school senior or enrolled in an accredited college or university at the undergraduate level or an accredited Jr. College/Technical or Trade College/School. The scholarship is a one year $3000 scholarship paid at the beginning of the Fall Semester each year. A student may apply each year for a total of four years so long as the scholarship pay-out is made by the students 30th birthday. No more than $12,000 may be awarded any one student over the course of four years.

After the award each year, the educational institution must advise the Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee that the recipient is enrolled as a full time student and provide the Chairperson with the remittance address for scholarship payment.

If, by December 1 each year, the institution fails to notify the chairperson of successful registration, the scholarship is voided and all funds committed will be returned to uncommitted status.

Interruption of studies due to sickness or severe hardship may be basis for maintaining the unused portion in a committed status. Cases of this nature will be reviewed by the committee as needed and presented to the BHA Board for final decision.

All scholarship funds with accumulated interest remain the sole resources of the Scholarship Fund until disbursed. All scholarship disbursements will made to the educational institution after being advised of the recipients enrollment in good standing as a full time student and a remittance address for scholarship payment.

Section 4. Application: BHA Scholarship requests will be prepared by the scholarship applicant with Parent/Guardian verification and sent to the Chairperson by regular mail or email. In applying for the BHA scholarship offerings, the quality, accuracy and completeness of preparation of the application is an important factor in the selection process.

Section 5. Selection and Award: The Scholarship Committee shall select the scholarship recipients from all qualified applicants and present their selections to the BHA Board for approval. When possible, announcement of winners will be made at or before the annual Blackhorse Family Reunion.

Do you know of a child of the Regiment that could benefit from a Blackhorse Association Scholarship?


Click here to download a Scholarship Application.
It must be completed and mailed to the Scholarship Chairman by 1 April each year. Incomplete applications will be rejected. TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION, CLICK HERE to download and read tips from the grading committee.

 

Are you the spouse of an 11th ACR Active Duty Soldier?

Our vision includes active support to the Troopers in the Regiment. In 2020, we will open up a limited opportunity for Spouses of 11th ACR Active Duty Soldiers to apply for either a full-time or part-time scholarship. The scholarship is intended to support them as they continue their education while their Soldier serves training America’s Army at the National Training Center. If you are a spouse and would like to apply, download the Spouse Scholarship Application from this link.

Get more info:

Here’s the contact for more information on scholarship opportunities:

Murphy Gagne
The Blackhorse Association
5521 Keltonburg Rd.
Smithville, TN 37166
E-Mail:  cbear7806@gmail.com
Phone: 615-597-9603

It you want to send a check to the Association, please send it directly to:
Treasurer: The Blackhorse Association
Daniel M. Caughey, CPA
PO Box 1712
Mill Valley, CA 94942

Scholarships

2010 Blackhorse Association Scholarships recipients

The Blackhorse Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Blackhorse Association Scholarships. Each recipient’s university will receive $3,000 to help defray the costs of their education.

The Scholarship Committee composed of Lois Hurt (Houston, Texas), Dick Leibert (Houston, Texas), Ernie Ford (North Pole, Alaska) and Pete Walter (Mount Holly, New Jersey) recommended the following ten (10) applicants to Blackhorse Association President John Sherman Crow, (Thibodaux, Louisiana) as deserving of the 2010 award:

Aaron Cook, Portage, Michigan, son of Edward Cook, (1969-1970)

Amber Burns, Zephyr Hills, Florida, daughter of James T. Burns, Jr., (1968-1969)

Raegan Maxwell, Auburn, Alabama, daughter of Johnny Maxwell, (1981-1983)

Brandon Paton, Tampa, Florida, son of Daniel Paton (2005-2006)

Joseph Stromberg, Sterling, Kansas, son of Mac Stromberg, (1970-1971)

Kristina Graham, Ann Arbor, Michigan, daughter of Richard Graham, (1967-1968)

Denisha Teague, Seattle, Washington, daughter of Dennis Teague, (1965-1968)

Matt McKelvey, Shelbyville, Tennessee, son of Jack McKelvey, (1970-1971)

Colby Dillard, Triangle, Virginia, duaghter of Michael Dillard (1997-1999)

Heather Martinez, El Paso, Texas, daughter of William Thompson (2007-2009)

These young Americans are the children of Blackhorse Troopers whose service to their country and Regiment spans 45 years from 1965 to the present day. Three of their fathers received the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat, two were awarded the Bronze Star for Valor and one was awarded the Silver Star.

The recipients themselves have varied interests from dance and acting to writing and sports. All volunteered time in their community or church and one is himself a wounded and decorated combat veteran of the United States Army.

This has been an outstanding group and we were all impressed with their credentials and aspirations. We wish you all "Good Luck" in your future endeavors!

I want to extend my sincere thanks to Lois, Dick and Ernie for the great work they have done with this Committee and my personal thanks and appreciation to John Sherman Crow for his leadership, patience and guidance throughout.

It has been an honor to work with you all!

Thank you.

"ALLONS!"

Sincerely,

Pete Walter, Director of Scholarships
The Blackhorse Association
SGT, 11th ACR, 1970
Vietnam & Cambodia