By: Jim Gates, National Americanism Commission member and District 4 DEC

The Bill Manning Memorial Scholarship for 2011-2012 was recently awarded to Julia R. Cucarola, Fall 2011 incoming Freshman in Undeclared Health/Life/Science. Julia’s name was selected from a field of pre-screened applicants reviewed by the Americanism Committee which suggested the college name her as recipient. She is a descendant of R.A. Cucarola, Sterling Post 20 member, and is a resident of that community.

The Manning Scholarship award was made this year in the amount of five hundred dollars. The actual amount awarded is reviewed each year and is based on the market value of the endowment from which it is drawn. Qualifying CSU students may apply each fall for award consideration.

George Beach Post 4, Fort Collins, sponsors the scholarship in honor of its namesake, the late Bill Manning, long time member of the Post, who had a desire to establish a scholarship fund in his name to help American Legion members’ sons and daughters further their education. Original funding was via an endowment to Colorado State University. Additional gifts may be made to the fund by S.A.L, other organizations or individuals in support of the annual award.