Saturday, April 11, 2009
Alex James is the winner of the 2009 USS Houston scholarship. He is the great-nephew of the late John Stefanek, a USS Houston crewmember who survived the ship's sinking and subsequent imprisonment. Alex attends Syracuse University and his home is in Mogadore, Ohio. He is an Eagle Scout, maintains excellent grades, and is actively involved in sports and other extra-curricular activities. Congratulations to you, Alex!
At the March 2009 reunion, John Schwarz, chairman of the Scholarship Committee of the USS Houston Survivors Association and Next Generations, announced the establishment of an endowed permanent scholarship with the US Naval Academy Foundation. The name of the scholarship is the "USS Houston CA-30 Memorial Scholarship" which will help to perpetuate the memory of the ship and its crew. The Association has worked toward the goal of establishing a permanent scholarship for many years and is very gratified to see it come to fruition. The scholarship will be given biennially to a deserving high school graduate who plans to attend the Academy the following year.
An official ceremony took place at the USNA Foundation in Annapolis, MD, on December 15, 2008, at which Howard Brooks, a USS Houston survivor, presented a check to Captain Ed Wallace. Others present for the occasion were John and Trudy Schwarz (son and wife respectively of the late crewmember Otto Schwarz) and Sylvia Brooks (wife of Howard).
In addition to the permanent scholarship, the Association will continue to offer its own annual scholarship.