During the Combat Control Association (CCA) Reunion held in October in Destin, FL, the first recipient of the CCA SrA Mark Forester Scholarship was announced. It was presented by CCA President Mickey Wright to Rhett Hitchcock from Buckhorn High School, located in the Huntsville, AL area.
The CCA web site states:
Purpose: Honor Senior Airman Mark Forester and his sacrifice through the presentation of one $2,500 scholarship to a deserving and eligible applicant.
As an enlisted CCT, with a bachelor’s degree, Mark believed strongly in education and set an example for all others to follow; this ideal will be captured through the presentation of this scholarship.
Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. A family member (dependent) of any active duty Combat Controller or Special Tactics Officer.
2. A family member (dependent) of any current Combat Control Association Regular, Life, Honorary, or Associate member.
3. Have applied to an institution of higher learning.
4. Have a 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA) or better (from high school or college) with records showing college-level abilities and preparation.
Pictured below is Rhett with his mother, along with part of Mark’s family, Ray, Terri and Thad. His father is not pictured below, but he is a retired CCT.
Rhett has already received full academic scholarships from Alabama, Auburn, and LSU. He hopes to hear from USC, Stanford, and Penn State next week.