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2020 Scholarships Awarded


Nearly fifty years after the end of the Vietnam War, five Georgians killed in that war were remembered with scholarships in their name awarded to Forsyth County High School Graduates by Cumming Chapter 1030 of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

The scholarships in the amount of $1,500 recognize academic achievement, involvement in school activities and community service and an essay on the topic, “Why Freedom isn’t Free.”

At the awards ceremony on Tuesday July 14 th , the students and their families were presented their scholarships by surviving relatives of the men killed in action who were memorialized through scholarships in their name.

North Forsyth Graduate Sydney Martin’s scholarship was presented by Rev. Sonya Young of Lithonia, whose father, Army SP4 George Lamar Young of Gainesville was killed in action in 1968.

North Forsyth Graduate Julia Marie Watt’s Scholarship was presented by Bea Rice of Austell and Merle Farist of Marietta. Their brother, Army Sgt. Larry Franklin Davis of Ellijay was killed in action in 1970.

North Forsyth Graduate Cohen Vail’s scholarship was presented by James Garrett of Kennesaw, whose brother, Marine Corps Private Timothy O’Keefe was killed in action in 1968.

Two other graduates were unavailable for Tuesday’s ceremony and their awards will be presented in the coming weeks. They are: Forsyth Central Graduate Sydney Moroney’s scholarship will be presented in memory of Navy Lt. William Lee Covington of Rome. Covington was killed in a helicopter crash in 1967.

South Forsyth Graduate Olivia Parsons’ scholarship will be presented in memory of the service and sacrifice of Air Force Airman First Class Anthony Coy of Atlanta killed when his cargo plane crashed in 1965.

According to Chapter 1030 President Gary Goyette, “We are hopeful that through these scholarships we can both educate young people about the Vietnam War and more importantly to help ensure that we perpetuate the memory of the enormous sacrifice of these brave service members killed in Vietnam.”

This marks the fifth year the chapter has conducted a scholarship program.


Pictured below are three of the scholarship recipients. Not pictured are Olivia Parsons of South Forsyth HS and Sydney Moroney of Forsyth Central HS.

Scholarship winners (L-R): Cohen Vail, Sydney Martin and Julia Marie Watt, all of North Forsyth High School.

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Vietnam Veterans
of America
Chapter 1030
PO Box 3088
Cumming, GA  30028

Email: gary@goyette.us

Phone: 717-579-1427

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