Official presentation of the General George S. Patton Scholarship of Honor
The General George S. Patton Scholarship of Honor was officially presented at Republic Square on the afternoon of Saturday, May 5. The founder of the foundation granting the $1,000 scholarship, Doug LaViolette, granted the scholarship to Kristýna Otásková. Along with the scholarship she received a medal inspired by the Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration bestowed by the U.S. government. The medal was presented by Marion Kirkham, the brother of U.S. pilot Virgil Paul Kirkham, who was killed at the end of World War II and in whose honor the scholarship was awarded.
The scholarship committee’s decision to grant the scholarship to Ms Otásková, a 21-year-old student at the Health Care, Management and Public Administration Technical Institute in Pilsen (VOŠ zdravotnická, managementu a veřejnosprávních studií), was confirmed by the Brian LaViolette Foundation in Wisconsin. At last year’s Liberation Festival, the foundation announced it was establishing a special scholarship for Pilsen high school graduates who intend to pursue careers in the military or as fire fighters, police officers, emergency rescue workers, medical staff, humanitarian and social workers, or involved with church or religious services.
The scholarship presentation ceremony was also attended by Pilsen Mayor Martin Baxa, General Patton’s grandson George Patton Waters, and Barbara Foye, the scholarship administrator in the Czech Republic.