The purpose of the 281st Assault Helicopter Company is to perpetuate the memory and to recognize the valor of those personnel who served in the 281st AHC, In particular, to memorialize those missing in action (“MIA”), those killed in action (“KIA”), and those who served honorably in the unit. To this end the 281st AHC Scholarship Fund annually awards scholarship Grants in memory of these individuals.
The 281st AHC Scholarship program is an IRS approved 501.C program and is administered by the 281st Memorial Scholarship Fund Inc., which is a separate non-profit corporation, staffed by volunteer members of the 281st AHC Association and funded by generous association members like you.
To contribute to the Scholarship fund please send your tax-deductible donation to the fund treasurer at:
281st AHC Scholarship Fund
Attn: Walt Pikul, Treasurer
PO Box 41035
Fayetteville, NC 28309
Eligibility for scholarship support is extended to all college age children, grand- children, nieces and / or nephews of former Intruders without regard to association membership. Priority is given to those children who are connected to an Intruder who is listed as MIA / KIA. All Scholarship support is awarded on a one-year basis and applicants awarded scholarships must submit their grades and proof of next years attendance to continue in the program.
Eligible individual may apply for scholarship support for attendance at an accredited college or an accredited technical school or training program.
The due date for submitting the completed application to the program secretary is the 15 of June of the current year.
The review and award process follows the standard scholarship review process. Each application is reviewed for eligibility and completeness by the secretary who in turn “sanitizes” each application by removing the applicant’s name and family connection from each form. The “sanitized” application is then sent to a minimum of three members of the program board who review and rate each application as to their achievements and potential for success in collage or technical training. Individuals selected for initial scholarship awards and those returning students who are approved for continued support, will be announced by the program chairman at the Saturday night event of the annual association reunion.
Information concerning the program or assistance in completing the application can be obtained from the program secretary:
Dr. Karen Heintz Forcht
1715 Dunleith Way
Greenboro, NC 27455
2021 Huntwood Drive
Gambrills, MD 21054