This information was given permission by Ed Gunter of the Ravens.
What is the Distinguished Raven FAC Memorial Scholarship?
This scholarship is presented annually to qualifying students descendent of the Lao or Lao-Hmong individuals who served in the Royal Laotian Military or Hmong forces in defense of the Kingdom of Laos between 1960-1975. The scholarship is sponsored and administered by the Edgar Allen Poe Literacy Society (EAPLS). The EAPLS is a non-profit, last-man, veteran organization consisting of Forward Air Controllers (FACs) who lived in Laos, flew under the call sign “Raven” or its predecessor “Butterfly”, and supported Laotion and Hmong forces during the Southeast Asia conflict between 1966 and 1973. The award is presented in memory of those Ravens, now deceased, who served and sacrificed that others may be free and prosper.
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide educational assistance to the descendants of those who served alongside the Ravens in the defense of their country. This scholarship is intended to provide a higher education and to reward the qualities the Ravens and Lao-Hmong forces admire. The funds of course are to assist in college tuition, books, lab fees, and other direct educational expenses.
In order to qualify for this scholarship award you have to be a direct descendant of any LAO or HMONG individuals who served in the Royal Laotion Military (also known as the Royal Lao Army) during 1960-1975.
No individuals may be selected for two consecutive years, nor may he/she receive morethan two scholarships. Applicants must be a HIGH SCHOOL senior or GRADUATE, and must be enrolled or actively seeking to enroll full time in the coming academic year in an undergraduate program of studies leading to a Bachelors or Associate Degree at an accredited college, junior college, or university in the United States. Applicants who receive a full scholarship to any accredited college or university, including an appointment to a U.S. Service Academy, are not eligible for this scholarship.
These are the procedures:
Completed applications must be mailed to Raven Scholarship, 4320 Saddle Ridge Trail, Flower Mound, Texas 75028. Applications must be postmarked not later than February 28 of the year you are applying for. A board of EAPLS members will review the applications and select the most deserving individual as the winner based on an overall evaluation of the applicant’s academic achievement, goals, character, service beyond self, and the quality of their essay. All applications become the property of EAPLS. Winning recipients will be asked to provide a digital photograph and copy of their essay. Their essay and photograph may be published on the Raven FAC website. The board is solely responsible for selecting the scholarship recipient; the decisions of the board are final. The selected recipient will be notified after April 30 and the announcement will be posted on the Raven web site at http://www.ravens.org. Non-recipients will not be individually notified. If possible, the recipient’s school also will be notified and requested to make the presentation at their annual awards ceremony. The recipient will be required to provide proof of enrollment, at which time the scholarship check will be mailed to the winner, made payable to the applicable college.
The application process is to fill out the application form, one page essay of 500 words or less describing your goals, a copy of high school transcript, and two letters of recommendation:
(To: EAPLS) from adult members of your community (e.g. from school teachers/principals/extracurricular officials; youth/religious/civic/non-profit organization officials; public officials, employers, or business leaders). Letters may not come from the applicant’s immediate family members, from the family of any Raven FAC, or from anyone directly associated with the EAPLS organization. Letters should be on letterhead paper and not exceed a page in length.
To download the application form CLICK HERE.