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.).

 

Recipients

2017

Václav Šlehofer received the 2017 General George S. Patton Scholarship.  This photo was taken by Roman Muchka at the presentation. Václav is studying social work and teaching.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

The 2016 Scholarship of Honor was awarded to Tomáš Hataj. . He is currently studying at College of Economics & Business Administration in Prague.  

 

2015

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.

 

2014

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 2014 Scholarship of Honor was awarded to Barbora Petermannová.

Barbora Petermannová is currently studying for a career in social work, particularly in relation to children  and youth.

 

2013

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.

The 2013 General Patton Scholarship of Honor was awarded to Adéla Tanzerová

Adéla Tanzerová is studying for a career in Psychology and Special Education.

 

 
 

She is pictured here from left to right, George Patton Waters, Bob Nueske, Doug LaViolette, and Adela's family. 

 
 

2012

In 2012, the General Patton Scholarship of Honor was awarded in the name of, Virgil Kirkham. He was the last USAAF pilot that was killed in WWII.  It was Lt.Kirkham's 82nd mission and one he volunteered to go on.

The 2012 General Patton Scholarship of Honor was awarded to Kristýna Otásková

Kristýna Otásková is studying for a career in Social Work.

Photo below from left to right, Bob Nueske, Doug LaViolette, Mayor of Pilsen, Martin Baxa and George Patton Waters at the 2012 liberation festival. 

 
 

Contributors

4-Star

George Patton Waters

3-Star

Nueske's Applewood Smoked Meats

2-Star

Marc Cannizzo

Charles Noble Jr., in honor of Colonel Charles H. Noble

Dale Rieb, in honor of WWII Veteran, George Thompson

George Thompson

1-Star

Elena and David Bowers

James Duncan

Tom Duncan

Nelson and Lori Havel in memory of Edward Vaughn Havel.

Col. Robert Gilbert

Robert Gilbert, Jr.

Kathy and Mickey Hoffman, Donated in honor of U.S. Army Veteran Charles Lemmons

MilSpec Tours for Veterans

Earl Ingram

Col. Steve Rohlena 

More information

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