General George S. Patton Scholarship of Honor
More than 50 million brave young men and women have served, with honor, for the United States of America, including General George S. Patton’s 3rd Army. As proud Americans, we salute their efforts and we look for ways to instill in others the pride and determination of those who gave so much of themselves for others. Most of all, we have made a vow to remember….
The idea for the General George S. Patton Scholarship of Honor was first conceived on May 6, 2010, during the celebration of the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the city of Pilsen, Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia), by General Patton’s 3rd Army. The General George S. Patton Scholarship of Honor will be awarded annually, during the Pilsen Liberation Festival in May.
The goal of the Brian LaViolette Foundation, and the goal of those who contribute to the Scholarship of Honor program, is to assist those who desire to make the world a better place and help them fulfill their dreams and aspirations. The General George S. Patton Scholarship of Honor will be awarded annually to a student who has graduated from one of the 40+ high schools in Pilsen, Czech Republic, and who has chosen to enter the military or pursue a career in public safety or community service (e.g. police, firefighting, emergency medical services, healthcare and medicine, education, social work, humanitarian work, church or religious service, etc.).
The 2016 Scholarship of Honor was awarded to Tomáš Hataj. . He is currently studying at College of Economics & Business Administration in Prague.
He is pictured third from the left with the former scholarship recipients (details below), Barb Foye on left who is the co-chair of the General Patton Scholarship and Doug LaViolette, right.
The 2015 Scholarship of Honor was awarded to Alena Vebrová. Alena is currently studying for a career in social work, particularly in the area of working with families with handicapped children. She would like to study Special Education at university.
The 2014 Scholarship of Honor was awarded in the name of General Ernest Nason Harmon. In 1942, General Harmon became commanding general of the famous “Hell on Wheels” 2nd Armored Division which invaded North Africa, then commanded the 1st Armored Division in Italy, and returned to command the 2nd Armored Division in Belgium in 1944. In 1945, Harmon turned his command over to the British and moved his Corps Headquarters to Dýšina, Czechoslovakia (near Pilsen).
The 2013 Scholarship of Honor was awarded in the name of Col. Charles H. Noble who was the commanding officer of Combat Command B, 16th Armored Division, part of General Patton’s Third Army, which spearheaded the thrust into Czechoslovakia in May 1945.
She is pictured here from left to right, George Patton Waters, Bob Nueske, Doug LaViolette, and Adela's family.
Kristýna Otásková is studying for a career in Social Work.
She is pictured here from left to right, Bob Nueske, Doug LaViolette, Mayor of Pilsen, Martin Baxa and George Patton Waters at the 2012 liberation festival.
George Patton Waters
Nueske's Applewood Smoked Meats
Charles Noble Jr., in honor of Colonel Charles H. Noble
Dale Rieb, in honor of WWII Veteran, George Thompson
Elena and David Bowers
Col. Robert Gilbert
Robert Gilbert, Jr.
Kathy and Mickey Hoffman, Donated in honor of U.S. Army Veteran Charles Lemmons
MilSpec Tours for Veterans
Col. Steve Rohlena
If you would like to know more about the background of the General George S. Patton Scholarship of Honor, please see our story on our News section.
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