VERO BEACH, FL – The Veterans Council of Indian River County Scholarship Fund was launched in partnership with Indian River State College in February 2018 and was created to offer financial assistance to the dependents of veterans seeking higher education. The $12,000 Scholarship Fund included contributions from multiple organizations that support Indian River County veterans. At the June 5, 2018 meeting of the Veterans Council the first 2 scholarships were awarded in the presence of the gathered representatives of the Council’s 24 veteran groups and civic officials including Indian River County Commissioner Joe Flescher and Rob Medina, Military Affairs Representative from Florida Congressman Bill Posey’s office.
Jim Rannazzisi, President, Indian River MOAA presents scholarship award to Bailey Schlitt.
Photo: Veterans Council of Indian River County
The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is one of the veteran organizations contributing to the Veterans Council Scholarship Fund. Jim Rannazzisi, President of MOAA’s Indian River chapter, presented the first scholarship certificate to Ms. Bailey Schlitt who is currently enrolled at Indian River State college and seeking a Business degree. Ms. Schlitt is the granddaughter of a veteran who earned the Purple Heart in World War II’s Battle of the Bulge.
The Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program, another organization contributing to the Veterans Council Scholarship Fund, was represented at the Veterans Council June Meeting by Ms. Kathy Tonkel, the program’s Philanthropy Chair. Ms. Tonkel presented the second scholarship to Ms. Amanda Resmondo, who will soon enter her sophomore year at IRSC. Ms. Resmondo is currently working at three different jobs while studying dental hygiene. Her father, Frank, is an Army veteran who served in Germany.
Veterans Council President, Col. Sam Kouns (U.S. Army, retired) states “these 2 scholarships demonstrate the beginning of good things the community can do for dependents of local veterans and provide a meaningful way of saying thank you to those veterans for their service. The Veterans Council Scholarship Fund is off to a great start! “
The Veterans Council of Indian River County is as a non-government, collaborative 501(C)(3) established in 1987 to support veterans and their families. The Council provides emergency financial assistance, transition assistance, resource connection and transportation services to the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach and to appointments locally.
Learn more about the Veterans Council at https://www.veteranscouncilirc.org.