Unified Arizona Veterans Present Inaugural Scholarship to Children of Soldiers KIA
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Alliance Member Spotlight
‘Army Specialist Lori Ann Piestewa Veteran Family Scholarship’ Goes to Her Two Children
On Saturday, June 6, 2020 the Unified Arizona Veterans presented the inaugural ‘Army Specialist Lori Ann Piestewa Veteran Family Scholarship’. The scholarships – designated for the children of servicemen and women who were killed in action – were presented to Specialist Piestewa’s two children.
Making the presentations was the UAV Scholarship Chair, Colonel Rob Welch, US Army (retired). Assisting in the presentation was the Director of Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, Colonel Wanda Wright, US Air Force (retired) and Hopi Nation Vice Chairman Clark W. Tenakhongva, an Army Veteran of the Panama Conflict and the Grenada Conflict.
The Unified Arizona Veterans presented the scholarship funds with sponsorship from The Arizona Lottery’s Giving Back program. The scholarship presentation was produced by Pro One Media.
Lori Ann Piestewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe, was born in Tuba City. She enlisted in the Army at age (21) (Born 14 Dec 1979, Died 23 Mar 2003) and deployed to Iraq in 2002. She was killed in action on (23 March 2003), becoming the first Native American female to fall in combat on foreign soil.
The UAV was formed in 1981 to provide support for Arizona’s veterans and their families. In 2016 the UAV awarded their first college scholarships to Arizona’s veterans. This year marks the first time the UAV has expanded its scholarship program to include the children of veterans killed in action, and chose to name the scholarship in honor of Specialist Piestewa’s sacrifice.
Brandon Whiterock is the eldest child of Lori Piestewa and is a student at Coconino Community College. He is enrolled in a transition program leading to a Bachelors Degree at Northern Arizona University. He plans to help rehabilitate veterans from war-related injuries by working for Veteran Affairs as a physical or occupational therapist.
Carla Piestewa is a student at Grand Canyon University and is enrolled as a Biology major with an emphasis in pre-medicine. After receiving her bachelors’, she plans to pursue a doctorate in pediatrics. She also plans to help her community, the Hopi people, by giving back to those that are in need and not financially stable. She hopes that her success will motivate other Hopi to set goals for themselves to better their lives for themselves and their families.
For more information on the Unified Arizona Veterans, and to sponsor student leaders through scholarships, visit: www.azuav.org.
A Special Thank You to the AZ Lottery's "Gives Back" Program
Every year, hundreds of millions of dollars from Arizona Lottery ticket sales go to programs and organizations doing good in four key areas: higher education, health and human services, environmental conservation, and economic and business development. In total, state law requires that the Arizona Lottery fund 13 beneficiaries that support 20 vital programs in our community.
About Unified Arizona Veterans Unified
Arizona Veterans was established in December of 1981 by three organizations, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars to collectively promote veteran-related affairs endorsed by a majority of its member veterans service organizations (VSO’s). Now numbering 57 VSO’s, UAV continues to actively propose, support and endorse legislation, administrative or other actions which further the general welfare and well-being of all Arizona military veterans. The UAV provides a key conduit of information to all member organizations through monthly meetings and our close working relationship with the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services. Among its activities, the UAV manages and operates the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame (AVHOF) which it founded in 2001 to recognize the civic contributions of our Arizona veterans. The UAV is a registered with the Arizona Corporate Commission and with the IRS as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by IRS Regulations.