The Luke Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America is a West Valley-based organization of more than 200 retired and former military officers and their spouses, from the eight United States uniformed services.
Luke Chapter is dedicated to fostering good will and camaraderie among their members, and also devotes substantial effort and funds to support needy veterans and active duty members and their families.
A major charitable effort of the Luke Chapter Scholarship Fund in 2021 was to award a total of 14 scholarships, totaling $30,000, in support of higher education of eligible students. Four scholarships were awarded to outstanding high school seniors and ten to college students, nine of which were previously awarded scholarships from the Luke Chapter. The scholarships ranged in size from $1,000 to $4,000.
Winners were selected based on scholastic achievement, leadership, volunteer service, moral character, and acceptance at an accredited college or university.
None of this would have been possible without the generous chapter members and Valley-based corporate donors who made significant contributions to the scholarship fund.
Major business donors include: Liberty Automotive Group, The Colonnade in Surprise, Barnett Administrative SVCS, and LRF Edward Robson. Chapter members and friends who made significant contributions include: Michael Kramer, Alex & Inez White, Bonita Popejoy, Vern & Connie Clark, Anegla Elliott, Dennis DeFrain, Betty Shults, Bill & Eileen Fedor, Fred & Patricia Williams, Lou & Lois Tronzo, Marty & Barb Chambless, Jim Greenwald, Charles & Susan Kice, and Pam & Jerry Wojtas.
Numerous other individuals and businesses also stepped up to make the 2021 scholarship program a success. The Luke Chapter thanks all who donated.
• Mathieu Brethen graduated from Dysart High School in El Mirage, where he was a member of the JROTC. Brethen plans to attend University of California Berkeley in the fall where he will pursue a degree in physics. He was awarded a $3,000 scholarship.
• Haden Larkin graduated from Dysart High School, where he was a member of the JROTC program. He plans on attending West Virginia University in the fall to prepare for a career in parks and tourism concentration on adventure recreation and outdoor leadership. He was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.