Two area veterans were recently awarded $1,000 scholarships from the American Legion Foundation of Iowa to attend Hawkeye Community College.
Frederick Maxwell of La Porte City and Alexander Mahoney of Oelwein each received a scholarship from the foundation, which was founded in 1978 and provides financial assistance to promote Americanism, youth programs, veterans’ rehabilitation, and community service. The foundation has a $2 million endowment dedicated to supporting programs for veterans’ assistance, education, and patriotic endeavors.
Maxwell served in the U.S. Air Force from 1981-2004, participating in the Gulf War from 1992-1994. He plans to complete the Liberal Arts Transfer program at Hawkeye, then transfer to Iowa State University for a degree in aeronautical engineering. Mahoney served in the U.S. Army for six years, spending 13 months deployed in Afghanistan. He is in the Police Science program at Hawkeye and upon completion plans to transfer to the University of Northern Iowa.
A scholarship presentation was held on Main Campus August 7 with Bob Wenger, District III representative of the American Legion of Iowa Foundation and longtime supporter of the Legion. Also present for the presentation were Dr. Linda Allen, college president; Holly Johnson, executive director of the Hawkeye Foundation; Robin Knight, Hawkeye military and veterans services coordinator; and Jenny Hoover, Hawkeye Foundation scholarship coordinator.
This scholarship is one of dozens Hawkeye students can apply for with a single application through the Hawkeye Foundation. For more information about available scholarships and how to make tax-deductible donations through the Hawkeye Foundation, call 319-296-4002.