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Dear Veterans and Friends:

Arlington Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 981 is pleased to announce the establishment of the VFW Post 981 Wally Luettschwager Memorial Scholarship Grant.

This scholarship grant, in an amount as high as $3,000, is to be awarded annually in the memory of long time VFW member Wally Luettschwager.

Students who attend (or will attend) college in a degree program or a recognized trade school are invited to apply.

The ideal candidate will be an active duty or reserve member of the military or honorably discharged veteran. Others eligible are direct lineage of an honorably discharged veteran. Members of the Arlington Heights’ community and surrounding communities served by Post 981 will have preference with all other things being equal.

A life-long resident of Arlington Heights, Illinois, Wally served honorably in the US Army in combat during the Korean War. He came home and was an active member of VFW Post 981 for over 60 years in many capacities including Commander. Wally played an integral part in the organizing and running of the Arlington Heights Memorial Day Parade which has been part of the community for over 100 years.

The application form for this scholarship grant is attached.  It is also available on VFW Post 981’s website: www.vfwpost981.com

DEADLINE for submitting applications for the Fall 2020 school year is March 1 2020.

The recipient will be contacted on May 1 2020.

For questions, please email vfwpost981@gmail.com

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