Columbia College’s annual Military Recognition Day triumphantly returned on Thursday, May 27, following a one-year layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the traditional in-person ceremony held inside Bixby Lecture Hall couldn’t occur this year, the 13th annual Military Recognition Day was still celebrated across the country virtually. Viewers were able to tune in via livestream on Columbia College’s official website and on Facebook Live.

Each year, May serves as Military Appreciation Month, which honors everyone who has served in a branch of the United State Military. It reminds all of us that we owe many of our freedoms to the sacrifices made by military personnel throughout the history of our country. The month-long celebration was formally introduced by the late Senator John McCain in 1999. In recognition of this celebration, Columbia College hosts our annual Military Recognition Day.

Dr. Brad Lookingbill
Brad Lookingbill Professor, History, Phl, & Poli Sci Photographer – Kaci Smart

The virtual 2021 Military Recognition Day awarded numerous scholarships to military connected students across the country and featured a pair of special guests in Distinguished Professor of History at Columbia College, Dr. Brad D. Lookingbill, and Columbia, Missouri, resident and World War II Veteran, Jack Oliver. 

Thanks to the generosity of Columbia College’s donor base, 14 scholarships were awarded at this year’s Military Recognition Day. The complete list of 2021 scholarship recipients can be found below: 

Brigadier General Charles McGee Scholarship (each awarded $1,100) 

  • Javier Chino, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – San Diego 
  • April Grob, Master of Art in Teaching – Saint Louis 
  • Misty Moad, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – Online 
  • Karley Patrick, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration – Day 

Colonel Mike Randerson Scholarship (awarded $1,250) 

  • Henry Ensley, Master of Business Administration – Online 

Ousley Family Veteran Scholarship (each awarded $1,000) 

  • Abigail Buhr, Accounting – Online 
  • Tatiana Mandros Ortega, Human Resource Management – Online
  • Marqeece Fowler, Business Administration – Jacksonville 
  • Reanna Rushing, Criminal Justice Administration – Los Alamitos 

Alan Harris Missouri Veterans Assistance Scholarship (awarded $1,000) 

  • Fallon Lloyd, Bachelor of Arts in Human Services with minors in Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology – Day 

Assistance League of Mid-Missouri Military Heroes Scholarship (each awarded $1,250) 

  • Renee Bosch, Human Services – Evening 
  • Erika Goellner, Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Online 
  • Adaugo Okoli, Bachelor’s in Biology – Day 

Andrew W. Helmreich Spirit of the Warrior award 

  • Sushil Kahral, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science – Day 

At the conclusion of the virtual ceremony, Rob Boone, associate vice president for Columbia College Global-Military, announced the addition of four new scholarships set for introduction in the years to come: 

  • Russell Family Scholarship: beginning May 2022 
  • Landon Miller Scholarship for Veterans: beginning May 2022
  • John Dwayne and Susan Marie Smith Family Scholarship: beginning May 2024 
  • Tessie LaRose Ballard ’93 Scholarship: beginning May 2026 

With Thursday’s scholarship announcements, Columbia College has now awarded honors to 70-plus student veterans since Military Recognition Day began. To support the scholarships listed above, or the Columbia College Fund, which supports the college’s current greatest needs, please give now.