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The Navcommsta Londonderry Alumni Association "Derry Scholarship Program"

Objective of  "The 500 Club" 

        To provide academic scholarships for deserving students who are residents of Derry, Northern Ireland.

History 

       A discussion held during the General Membership Meeting at the 2005 Orlando Reunion concerning the possibility of creating a scholarship fund for deserving students from the hometown of our "Old Base" as a means of giving something back to "The Town That We Loved So Well" was the impetus for the creation of the Association's Scholarship Fund. Following that discussion, a small group of members committed to donating $100 per year over the next 5 years in support of the scholarship and promptly named themselves "The 500 Club." Rather catchy name, don't you think?

        Following the Orlando Reunion, the Alumni Association's Board of Directors created a committee, the Scholarship Program Committee, to design and implement a Scholarship Program. At the April 2006 Board of Directors meeting the board approved the Scholarship Program Committee recommendation for an initial funding of the Scholarship Fund in the amount of £1,000 per year for the years: 2006, 2007, and 2008, with the hopes of extending it further based upon financial resources.

        The Scholarship Program Committee plan is to work with the Western Education Library Board (WELB), and other relevant institutions, to solicit assistance in developing a mutually acceptable award selection process. Alternative plans include donating equal amounts to the following Derry area schools:  Londonderry, Foyle, Thornhill, and St. Columbs Colleges.

        Funding for the support of these scholarships would come from the following sources: The "500 Club" members, other member donations made to the Scholarship Fund, and monies from the "Scholarship Fund Raffles" held during each of our Alumni Association Reunions. 

How you can help this worthwhile effort

        We certainly understand that not all members will find it possible to participate in "The 500 Club".  So, if that is not an option for you, please know that any donation you can make, regardless of the amount, would be gratefully accepted and much appreciated.

        Should you wish to join "The 500 Club" - or should you wish to make a donation to this worthwhile program - your check made payable to U.S. NAVCOMMSTA Londonderry Alumni Association, or USNLAA for short, with a notation "Scholarship Fund" should be mailed to:

U.S. NAVCOMMSTA Londonderry Alumni Association
P.O. Box 108
New Boston, MI 48164-0108

The Year 2009 Derry Scholarship Committee

        All questions concerning this Scholarship Program should be directed to the Scholarship Program Committee members: Dennis Kolodziej, at e-mail: ford427@peoplepc.com and Jim Sullivan, at e-mail: Sully1944@gmail.com

2007 Updates

After discussions with the WELB and their recommendations, a letter of introduction and our scholarship proposal was sent to Mr. Seamus Murphy, Director, of the NorthWest Institute of Further and Higher Education. The assignment of working out the details with the NCSLAA Scholarship Committee was turned over to Mrs. Vera Goodman, Head of Staff and Student Services. Criteria selection was finalized and four candidates, two males and two females, were selected by the NWIFHE, based on the following:

(NORTH WEST INSTITUTE OF FURTHER & HIGHER EDUCATION)

NORTH WEST REGIONAL COLLEGE

US NavCommSta Londonderry Alumni Association – Establishment of Scholarship Fund

Criteria for selection:

A selection of at least 2 female students and 2 male students who fulfill both 1 and 2 below, plus one or more of 3, 4, and 5, below. An award of £250 will be made to each of the 4 students selected. These selections to be made by the Course Co-ordinators or Course Teams and names forwarded to Charlie McKeown, Head of Students Services.

1. Computing & IT and Engineering Students attending National Diploma at the Derry/Londonderry location – a student that has progressed from year 1 to year 2 and is now attending the second term of year 2.
2. A student that has shown good progress.
3. A student that has considered leaving due to financial difficulty or a student who has experienced financial problems in year 1 but stayed on course.
4. A student who is working part-time to finance their study.
5. A student who has potential to go into higher education and where an incentive would provide the motivation.

July 2007 Update

A formal presentation of the awards are to be made on Wed. August 1st at the Grand Gala Reception, City Hotel, Derry.

 

August 2007 Update

Formal presentation of the awards were made on Wed. August 1st at the Grand Gala Reception, City Hotel, Derry. The recipients for 2007 are Craig Inglis, Tracey Flanagan, Peter Wade, and Charlene Hayes. Congratulations!

 



Photo Credit: Derry Journal - 7 Aug 07

Link to Derry Journal article dated 2 Oct 2007
"US Navy Alumni Scholarships for local students" :  VIEW

 

October 2008 Update

Per Ms. Judith Gorman, North West Regional College - Head of Staff and Student Services, the recipients for 2008 are:


* Andrew Duncan has completed the First Diploma in Manufacturing
Engineering with distinction grades in all units. Andrew has progressed
onto the National Diploma in Engineering. Andrew is a mature student
married with 2 children.

* Sinead Coyle has completed the First Diploma in Manufacturing
Engineering with some excellent grades. Sinead has taken up a place on
the National Diploma in Engineering and is progressing well.

* Gary McGillan has completed the National Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering with very good grades and has progressed onto the Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering where he is doing well.

* Noel Brown has completed the National Diploma in Manufacturing
Engineering with very good grades also. He has progressed onto the
Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and doing well.

Congratulations to all!

 

Link to NWRC Website article dated 18 November 2008
"Excellence in Engineering US Navy Alumni Scholarship for North West Regional College Students" :  VIEW

 

 


Group Photo



Andrew Duncan



Sinead Coyle



Gary McGillan



Noel Brown

[Photo Credits - (5) Judith Gorman - NWRC]

 

December 2009 Update

Link to NWRC Website article dated 11 December 2009
"Engineering Students Receive US Scholarships - US Navy Alumni Scholarship for College Engineering Students":  VIEW

Link to Londonderry Sentinel Website article dated 16 December 2009
"Students engineer US Scholarships": 
VIEW

 


Group Photo

College Students who were this years recipients of the NavComm (US Naval Communication Station Londonderry Alumni Association) Scholarship Awards. L-R Lecturer John Pollock, Eunan O'Neill, Paul Black, Danny Laverty, Head of School , Alan Grant, Calum Morrison, Assistant Director, David Gillespie and Lecturer Garry Mallett.

 

 


Eunan O'Neill

 


Paul Black

 


Alan Grant

 


David Gillespie

[Photo Credits - (5) Charlie McKeown - NWRC]

 

October 2010 Update

Per Ms. Judith Gorman, North West Regional College - Head of Student Services Reception, the recipients for 2010 are:


* Donna Browne of Derry, in year 2 of a National Diploma in Engineering

* Sian McClean of Derry, in year 2 of a National Diploma in IT Practioners

* Asheline McCloskey of Strabane, in year 2 of a National Diploma in IT Practioners

* Mark Sheils of Limavady, in year 2 of a National Diploma in Engineering.

Congratulations to all!

 

Link to NWRC Website article dated 26 October 2010
"4th Annual US Navy Scholarships for College students"

:  VIEW

 


Group Photo



Donna Browne



Sian McClean



Asheline McCloskey



Mark Sheils

[Photo Credits - (5) Judith Gorman - NWRC]

 

 

July 2011 Update

Per Ms. Judith Gorman, North West Regional College - Head of Student Services Reception, the recipients for 2011 are:


* Damien Barr, in Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering

* Robert Grant, in Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering

* Zara Lord, in Level 3 Extended Diploma for IT Practioners

* Adrian Wallace, in Level 3 Extended Diploma for IT Practioners

Congratulations to all!

 

Link to NWRC Website article dated 28 July 2011
"College Students Collect Final US NavComm Awards"

:  VIEW

 


Group Photo



Damien Barr



Robert Grant



Zara Lord



Damien Barr



Robert Grant



Zara Lord

[Photo Credits - (7) Judith Gorman - NWRC]

 

 

October 2012 Update

Per Ms. Judith Gorman, North West Regional College - Head of Student Services Reception, the recipients for 2012 are:


* Adam Hurrell, in Level 3 Extended Diploma for IT Practioners

* Breandan O'Hara, in Level 3 Extended Diploma for IT Practioners

* Mark Taylor, in Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering

* Olivia Wyer, in Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering

Congratulations to all!

 

Link to NWRC Website article dated 11 October 2012
"U.S. Honours NWRC Students"

:  VIEW

 

Link to Derry Journal article dated 8 October 2012
"US Navy Alumni group recognises NWRC students"

:  VIEW

 


Group Photo



Adam Hurrell



Breandon O'Hara



Mark Taylor


[Photo Credits - (4) Judith Gorman - NWRC]

 

 

February 2014 Update

Per Ms. Fiona Smith, North West Regional College - Head of Student Services Reception, the recipients for 2013 are:


* Amy Louise Neary – Level 3 BTEC Engineering at Strand Road Campus

* Andrew Owen – Level 3 BTEC EXT DUIP Engineering at Limavady Campus

* Cormac O’Hagan – Level 3 BTEC EXT DIP I.T at Strand Road Campus

* Benjamin Hegan - Level 3 BTEC EXT DIP I.T at Limavady Campus

Congratulations to all!

 

Link to NWRC Website article dated 16 May 2014
"US Navy Alumni Group Recognises NWRC Students"

:  VIEW

 

 


Group Photo



Amy Louise Neary



Amy Louise Neary



Andrew Owen



Cormac OHagan



Benjamin Hegan



"The Chronicle"



"Londonderry Sentinel"



"Derry Post"


[Photo Credits - (5) Danny Lyttle - NWRC]

 

 

March 2015 Update

Per Ms. Judith McColgan, North West Regional College - Head of Student Services Reception, the recipients for 2014 are:


* Niamh Henderson – Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology

* Adam Brown – Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology

* Miriam O'Donnell – Level 3 Extended Diploma Engineering

* Darryl McAleese - Level 3 Extended Diploma Engineering

Congratulations to all!

 


Group Photo



Niamh Henderson



Adam Brown



Miriam O'Donnell



Darryl McAleese


 

Link to NWRC Website article dated 3 March 2015
"Success thru STEM - US NavCommsta Scholarships"

:  VIEW

 

Link to Derry Journal Website article dated 3 March 2015
"STEM Masterclass the hosted at NWRC"

:  VIEW

 

Link to "News Wire NI" Website article dated 3 March 2015
"US Scholarships for four NWRC STEM Students"

:  VIEW

 

[Photo Credits - (5) Judith McColgan - NWRC]

 

 

June 2015 Update

Per Mr. Charlie McKeown, North West Regional College - Head of Student Services, the recipients for 2015 are:


* Yasmin Bond – Level 3 Extended Diploma Engineering - Strand Road Campus

* Timothy Lamberton – Level 3 Extended Diploma Engineering - Greystone Campus

* Mark O'Hara – Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology - Limavady Campus

* Lydia Quinn - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Information Technology - Strand Road Campus

Congratulations to all!

 

 

2005 - 2007  "500 Club"  Members

David Bland
Raymond Crossman
John Duddy
Gene Graeff
Leonard Kafer
Wayne Rousseau
Arthur Saraphis
Ronald Spadafora
George Spaits
Richard Stacy
Phillip Wade
Joseph Wells

2008  "500 Club"  Members

Michael Anderson
Dennis Kolodziej
Arthur Saraphis
Ronald Spadafora
George Spaits
Richard Stacy
Phillip Wade

2009  "500 Club"  Members

Elizabeth Baker
Gene Graeff
Dennis Kolodziej
John J. Ryan
Arthur Saraphis
Ronald Spadafora
Richard Stacy
Phillip Wade
Joseph T. Wells

2010  "500 Club"  Members

John J. Ryan
Arthur Saraphis
Richard Stacy
Phillip Wade
Joseph T. Wells

2011  "500 Club"  Members

Arthur Saraphis
Gene Graeff
John J. Ryan
Richard Stacy
Phillip Wade
Joseph T. Wells

2012  "500 Club"  Members

Elizabeth Baker
Joe G. (Blackie) Black
Willi Braun
Dwight Ramey
John J. Ryan
Arthur Saraphis
Richard Stacy
Phillip Wade
Joseph T. Wells

2013  "500 Club"  Members

Gene Graeff
John J. Ryan
Arthur Saraphis
Richard Stacy
Phillip Wade
Joseph T. Wells

2014  "500 Club"  Members

John J. Ryan
Richard Stacy
Phillip Wade

2015  "500 Club"  Members

"In memory of R.F. Elfsten"
Gene Graeff
Byron and "Frankie" Hodgkins
Arthur 'Ippy' Ippolito
Kenneth Ramsey
John J. Ryan
Ronald Spadafora
Richard Stacy
Phillip Wade
Joseph T. Wells

2016  "500 Club"  Members

Arthur 'Ippy' Ippolito
John J. Ryan
Richard Stacy

Other Donors to our Scholarship Fund
(Make a one-time donation in any amount and have your name listed here)

Phil Wade
Donald Graham
Leo G. Sangiolo
Ted Malcor
Edward Dawson
Michael Larsen
"2012 Appeal"
James Sullivan
Joyce Kent
Raymond Crossman

 

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