On Sept. 16, the Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary Club presented scholarships to Christopher Dolder and Jeremiah Johnson, two veterans who are currently students at Delaware Tech Owens.
Funds to support the two $1,000 scholarships were raised on Memorial Day weekend 2013 when the local Rotary Club launched the Flags for Heroes project which displayed 300 American flags at Cape Henlopen High School in an effort that raised over $6,000 for community projects. One of the areas of support identified was scholarships for military service members and veterans who are enrolled in the Aviation Maintenance Technology program at Delaware Tech in Georgetown.
Dolder was a member of Delaware Army National Guard for approximately eight years and served a tour in Iraq, where he was responsible for maintenance on Black Hawk helicopters. After a brief stint in the restaurant industry, he decided that a career change was necessary and enrolled at Delaware Tech.
“The scholarship that I received was very exciting, and my family and I greatly appreciate that the members of the Rotary Club selected me,” Dolder said.
Johnson served in the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas; Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas; and Dover Air Force Base. Johnson was trained for engine maintenance on C-5 fleet in the Air Force.
Johnson said, “Learning that I was being offered the scholarship from the Lewes Rotary Club was unexpected and couldn't have come at a better time. The honor of receiving this scholarship means so much because it allows me to move one step closer to my goal with my education.”
Both individuals are enrolled in the Aviation Maintenance Technology program at Delaware Tech’s facility at the Sussex County Airport. For more information on the program go to www.dtcc.edu or call 302-259-6741.