Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity established a scholarship in memory of John Leon Abrams, a 1962 Stout graduate and fraternity brother killed in Vietnam in 1967. He was a member of the Naval Seawolves Helicopter Squadron, an elite group formed specifically to assist SEAL and Special Forces. John and his three-man crew were killed flying the lead helicopter while engaging ground forces in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam.
The scholarship is awarded to a full-time plastics engineering major of sophomore, junior or senior status with a 2.5 or higher GPA, demonstrated financial need and who exhibits leadership in student activities. U.S. military involvement is also required as listed: member of UW-Stout ROTC, member of the U.S. military, veteran of the U.S. military, member of a state National Guard, a veteran of a state National Guard, a son or daughter of a member or veteran of the U.S. Military or state National Guard.
Captain Paul Derby, a 1965 industrial technology graduate, died fighting for his country on November 17, 1968. While piloting an F-4 Phantom II on a bomb run in Quang Ngai Province, Republic of Vietnam, his aircraft received intense hostile ground fire, burst into flames and disintegrated in the air. Paul left behind his wife, Dorothy, and a son and daughter.
The Chi Lambda/Paul Derby Memorial Endowed Scholarship has been established to honor Paul’s sacrifice for his family, brothers and country. The scholarship assists a Chi Lambda Fraternity brother who is of junior or senior status with a GPA of 3.2 or higher.
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