506th Airborne Infantry

Regiment Association

2013 Scholarship recipients

The 506th Association will be able to award three $1,000 scholarships thanks, in part, to the generosity of Gene Overton and Carol Sullivan. Both Gene and Carol have agreed to fund named awards within our scholarship program. Gene's award will be The Eugene and Marilyn Overton Scholarship Award, while Carol's award will be named The NAVILLUS Foundation Award. Our third scholarship award is the Currahee Award and is funded by the 506th Association membership along with friends of the Association.

The NAVILLUS Foundation is a family foundation that was headed by Lee and Carol Sullivan. Lee has passed away and Carol has decided to continue funding this scholarship in order to honor Lee and the men who served in his Company. This award is dedicated to Lee Sullivan and the members of B Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry who served in the Republic of Vietnam during 1969 and 1970.

Gene Overton served in C Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry at Fort Campbell and the Republic of Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. Gene is also the co-founder of the 506th Association and he, along with his wife Marilyn, have donated an untold amount of time, energy, and money to further the goals of the Association. This award is dedicated to all who served with C Company from 1967 to 1968.

Sierra A. Moreno

The 506th Association Scholarship Committee selected Sierra A. Moreno of Colorado Springs, Colorado as the winner of the $1,000 Marilyn and Eugene Overton Scholarship Award for 2013. Sierra was born on November 19, 1994 to Romeo and Delia Moreno at Evans Hospital on the Army post of Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Both her parents were adamant about joining the Army soon after graduating from high school in 1990. Sierra's father continued his military career with HHC, 1-506th Infantry and was stationed with them at Camp Greaves just south of the Korean DMZ. He was then deployed to Iraq in 2004.

Sierra spent the majority of her life moving from one state to next, enjoying everything from the rustic life of Texas to the steamy jungles of Hawaii. In school, Sierra played the French horn for both concert and marching band, debated for Mesa Ridge's Forensic Team, and volunteered her time and efforts to the L.E.O. Club, National Honors Society, and Writer's Fusion. She won a Medal of Music in her second year of playing the French horn and two debates on the Forensic Team. She was also accepted to be a part of the 2012 Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Program and the United States Academic Achievement Academy. Currently stationed in Colorado as of 2011, Sierra graduated with honors from Mesa Ridge High School in 2013 and has been accepted to the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs to pursue a major in neuroscience. She is currently a volunteer of the American Red Cross Association at Evans Hospital and hopes to become a neurosurgeon in the future.

The following letter is from Sierra:

Dear 506th Scholarship Committee,

Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to continue my education and to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor. My mother and father (who served in the 1-506th at Camp Greaves in the Korean DMZ) were just as surprised and happy as I was at hearing this exciting news. As thankful as we were for the Committee's generosity, I cannot express in words the full extent of my gratitude at receiving the 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment Scholarship--only know that it's infinite and reaches out to every soldier that served in the 506th; these courageous men and women risked their lives so that I might have a chance to live in a country built on dreams. I am truly grateful for this and I will never forget their sacrifice.

I hope more people will get to experience this patriotic feeling and I hope the Committee continues to change people's lives for the better.

Thanks for all your help!

Sierra Moreno

Rachel Musteen

The 506th Association has selected Rachel Musteen from West Point, NY as the recipient of the $1,000 Currahee Scholarship Award for 2013. Rachel is the daughter of LTC Jason Musteen who served with HHT 1-61 CAV (Currahee Cav). She is currently a resident of West Point, New York, where her father is a professor of military history at the United States Military Academy. Rachel completed her first year of college at William and Mary, and will be attending Sate University of New York at New Paltz this fall, so that she may earn her degree in Communications Disorders in order to become a speech pathologist.

The following letter is from Rachel:

Dear 506th Scholarship Committee,

I am very honored to be selected as a recipient of the 506th Scholarship, and would like to express my deepest gratitude. Spending the last few years of my life around the military academy, I've come to realize how much education and academia is especially important to my entire family. This scholarship will contribute greatly in my plans of continuing this tradition, allowing me to continue along my path as I pursue my speech pathology degree at SUNY New Paltz this fall.

Thank you so much for your gratitude! It truly is an honor.


Rachel Musteen

Madeline Spall

The 506th Association Scholarship Committee selected Madeline Spall of St. Louis, MO as the winner of the $1000 NAVILLUS Foundation Award for 2013. Madeline attended Lutheran High School South in St. Louis. While at Lutheran South she participated in field hockey, track and field, National Honor Society, Student Council, Model United Nations, Student Ambassadors, Mentoring Program, Small Group Leader, Wind Symphony, and choir. In the Fall of 2013, Madeline will attend Stephens College in Columbia, MO and major in Integrated Marketing. Madeline is the daughter of Melvin J. Spall who served with Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.

The following letter is from Madeline:

Dear 506th Scholarship Committee,
Thank you so much for selecting me as one of the 2013 scholarship winners. I am extremely honored to be chosen and it means a lot to me and my family, especially my very proud Dad. This scholarship is very special to me for many reasons and it will assist me in going to the college of my dreams and pursuing my goals. Thanks again for choosing me.
Madeline Spall

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