Two military organizations for active, retired and honorably discharged service men and women have partnered to offer scholarships for college-bound students.
Detroit Chapter #9 of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA9) and the Department of Michigan Marine Corps League Foundation have awarded $2,500 in scholarships this year, to continue through 2023.
“Partnering with the Michigan Marine Corps Foundation allows us to increase higher learning opportunities for more young people in our state,” said VVA9 President Paul Palazzolo.
Foundation President Donald J. McKeon said he’s pleased with this new relationship.
“Now that the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #9 has joined our scholarship program, we feel strongly that this new partnership will allow us to increase the number of scholarships we grant in the future,” McKeon said.
The recipients of the inaugural $500 scholarships are:
ABOUT THE VVA CHAPTER: Organizers for Chapter 9 trace the group’s history to the mid-‘70s, when returning veterans linked up to focus on health and other needs.
ABOUT THE MARINE CORPS LEAGUE FOUNDATION: Established in 2008, the Foundation is the nonprofit arm of the Department of Michigan Marine Corps League. The Foundation raises funds to support veterans in need as well as scholarships for students of Marine families.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://www.vva9.org/.
Vietnam Veterans of America, Home Builders Association and Carhartt donate $30,000
DETROIT, MI -- Students looking to work in the skilled trades will have a better chance to go farther, thanks to a $30,000 contribution to fund their equipment and study needs during apprenticeships.
Detroit Chapter #9 of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA9), plus Carhartt and the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan’s (HBA) Charitable and Educational Foundation have donated $10,000 each to support students who pursue building trades careers. The donations are being done in partnership with the Detroit Public Schools Foundation and will support students graduating from the A. Philip Randolph Technical High School.
“We want to leave a legacy by helping our youths and the next generation,” explained Paul Palazzolo, president of VVA9. “Supporting students who are in the early stages of a career is one way to do that.”
The boost to skilled trades students comes on the heels of a recent survey that detailed a labor shortage in the industry. Some 80 percent of respondents in a January survey by the Associated General Contractors of America said they were having trouble filling construction positions in Michigan.
“Ensuring a workforce for the future of our industry is of primary importance for HBA and our foundation,” said Michael Stoskopf, CEO of HBA. “We are working on all fronts to provide opportunities for those students who want to pursue careers in construction.”
The foundation chair, Peter Burton of Dominion Realty Services LLC, agrees. “Workforce development in Detroit and throughout our state is essential to the survival of residential construction, and we are pleased to have this opportunity to support it.”
“At Carhartt, we believe in inspiring the next generation to think, create and build with their hands,” said Tony Ambroza, Chief Brand Officer at Carhartt. “We’re committed to helping bring more hardworking individuals to the trades and this donation is just one example of how we can help support those entering a career in construction.”
To learn more about the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, visit http://www.dpsfdn.org/.
Vietnam Veterans chapter donates $10,000 through DPS Foundation
(DETROIT, MI) – Four Detroit students have won unique $2,500 scholarships thanks to a newly established partnership between the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 9, and the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.
The longstanding Detroit-based organization donated $10,000 to the foundation to provide these scholarships this year:
This year’s winners:
JROTC – Russel McIntosh, a graduate of Renaissance High School, will be attending the University of Michigan.
Skilled Trades – Deshawn Durr, a graduate of East English Village Preparatory Academy/A. Phillip Randolph, will attend Macomb Community College.
Unsung Graduate – Jordan Carson, a graduate of Renaissance High School, will attend Michigan State University, and Kayla Tate, also a Renaissance graduate, will attend the University of Michigan.
“It is truly rewarding to be able to support the next generation by helping them further their education,” said VVA Chapter 9 President Paul Palazzolo. “We also wanted to do so in a way that’s a little less traditional, and that’s why we chose these categories.”
Noted Pamela Moore of the DPS Foundation: “These scholarships present a new and unique opportunity for students who otherwise may not have considered post-secondary education.”
The awards were presented during the DPS Foundation’s 2018-2019 Scholarship Award Reception held Thursday (August 1, 2019) at the Northwest Activities Center in Detroit. The VVA Chapter 9 scholarship recipients were among 38 students who received dollars to support higher learning.
Meal will appreciate Detroit Police Department
DETROIT, MI -- The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 9, and Brother Joe’s Youth and Street Ministry will hold their annual appreciation luncheon to honor local law enforcement officers.
The meals for Detroit Police Department officers, donated by several restaurants, will be served from noon-3 p.m. on Friday (July 26, 2019) at Cass Park, 2733 2nd Avenue in Detroit. Officers who can’t be away from their precincts can contact VVA Chapter 9 at 586.404.0034 or Brother Joe at 313.414.8190 for food delivery.
“We want to show unity and respect among veterans and public safety officials, and also say ‘thank you’ to the officers who put their lives on the line every day,” explained Paul Palazzolo, president of VVA Chapter 9. “I can’t say enough about harmony and community spirit.”
Restaurants and other companies supporting the day of appreciation are:
Bert’s Market Place
Cutter’s Bar & Grill
Amore de Roma (formerly Roma Café)
Milano Bakery & Café
Detroit Coney Island
George Adams Farms
Famous Dave’s Barbeque (Westland)
ABOUT THE VVA CHAPTER: Organizers for Chapter 9 trace the group’s history to 1979, when member Cef Suarez collaborated with others to help ensure that members were getting medical and other benefits. It was the ninth VVA chapter formed in the country.
Members of a local veterans group will be on hand during a special school ceremony Wednesday when a group-backed scholarship is presented to a student pursuing a career in the building trades.
The A. Phillip Randolph Career and Technical Center, 17101 Hubbell Ave., Detroit, is hosting its Apprenticeship Signing Day on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, from noon-3 p.m. The trade school will honor dozens of students who have been accepted to college or hired into a skilled trades job.
Among the honorees will be DeShawn Durr, who is the winner of a $2,500 scholarship donated by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 9. The skilled trades scholarship for a Randolph student was part of a $10,000 donation that the organization made in February to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. Part of the goal is to help address a labor shortage in the construction industry.
Durr plans to use his scholarship to attend Macomb Community College before matriculating into a building trades apprenticeship program.
“Helping a young person get a leg up by supporting their education is one way we continue to rebuild the city, since we know that the jobs are there,” said Paul Palazzolo, president of VVA Chapter 9.
The chapter also established three other Detroit schools scholarships -- two for an unsung graduate and one for a JROTC student -- with its donation. The winners of those scholarship awards will be announced at a later date.
ABOUT THE VVA CHAPTER: Organizers for Chapter 9 trace the group’s history to the late 1970s and Wayne State University, where many veterans were attending school under the GI Bill.