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    Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association Awards 2019 USS Bowfin Memorial Scholarships

    Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association Awards 2019 USS Bowfin Memorial Scholarships

    Photo By Chief Petty Officer Amanda Gray | PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (July 13, 2019) Rear Adm. Blake Converse, commander, Submarine...... read more read more



    Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Amanda Gray 

    Commander Submarine Forces Pacific

    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) – The Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association awarded $60,000 in scholarships during a ceremony hosted by the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, July 13.

    Rear Adm. Blake Converse, commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, was the guest speaker for the event.

    "I think a huge congratulations is in order to a lot of very promising students here today," said Converse. "Congratulations for earning a USS Bowfin scholarship, certainly, but also congratulations on the decision to improve yourself, and to prepare for a great career, and by that, contributing to our incredible society and democracy in a productive, meaningful, and rewarding way."

    This year, each of the 12 recipients received a $5,000 scholarship. Ten of the scholarships went to family members of Hawaii-based submariners, and the other two were awarded to native Hawaiian scholars.

    “I can think of no better place to recognize the achievements of your generation than in front of a boat that represents the challenges that you face and the tenacity that you’ve shown to defeat them,” said Converse. “Today, with the help of the ten individuals for which these scholarships were named, the USS Bowfin has been preserved here in Pearl Harbor, where she continues her service through education.”

    Chuck Merkel, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park executive director, thanked members, sponsors and the many supporters of the Bowfin scholarship selection committee for their commitment to the scholarship program.

    “This year marks the inaugural awarding of the USS Kamehameha scholarships to native Hawaiian scholars pursuing degrees in either a technical or business discipline,” said Merkel. “The USS Kamehameha scholarships are named in honor of the submarine USS Kamehameha that served our nation for nearly 37 years.”

    The USS Kamehameha scholarship will be awarded annually to native Hawaiian scholars who are pursuing degrees in technical or business fields.

    The Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association awards the other scholarships every year to submariners (active or retired) and immediate family members who are stationed in Hawaii. They have been awarding these scholarships annually since 1985.

    “It really means a lot that other people are so invested in not just my education but in the education of the next generation,” said Juliya Key, who was the recipient of the Captain Alexander Tyree Scholarship. “There are so many things going on in the world, so focusing our efforts on education could not be more important for the future.”

    For more news from the Pacific Submarine Force, visit www.csp.navy.mil.



    Date Taken: 07.13.2019
    Date Posted: 07.13.2019 18:14
    Story ID: 331251
    Location: PEARL HARBOR, HI, US 

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