Greater Irvine Chamber Awards Student Leaders with Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Wall Scholarship

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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Each year, the Greater Irvine Chamber grants scholarships to students enrolled at Irvine Valley College (IVC) in memory of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas U. Wall, a former chairman of the Irvine Valley College Foundation and the Chamber.

Lt. Col. Thomas U. Wall Scholarship Committee trustees attended the 34th Annual Irvine Valley College Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 15 to award this year’s scholarship recipients: Melissa McGovern, Brandon Kessler, and Nicolas Hart.

“Having the opportunity to meet with students and help them pursue continue their college education is incredibly fulfilling for both myself and the trustees of the committee,” said Whit Peterson, director of government affairs and economic development, Greater Irvine Chamber. “Their stories and their commitment to furthering themselves and their education is a true inspiration.”

The scholarship is awarded to applicants who are U.S. residents, U.S. military veterans, and/or children or grandchildren of a U.S. military veteran, and are pursuing a career path in science, business, or law enforcement at IVC. Student applications were reviewed by a committee assembled by IVC. Selected students were then interviewed by trustees of the scholarship.

Through Wall’s generosity, an endowment bearing his name has been created so that, in perpetuity, an annual scholarship will be awarded to student leaders at IVC.

Wall completed a distinguished 20-year military career with more than 1,000 combat missions flown in Vietnam. Being a civic-minded individual, he understood the meaning of courage, pride and honor. Those who knew Wall were inspired by his enthusiasm for life and his generosity. Before his passing in 2006, Wall established the Lt. Col. Thomas U. Wall Scholarship Fund at the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about the Lt. Col. Thomas U. Wall Scholarship, contact Whit Peterson.

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