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Chi Delta Chi chapter awards 1st $1,000 scholarship to chemistry student

A scholarship created by a military veterans group at Austin Peay State University to honor an alumnus who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom was awarded for the first time to an APSU chemistry major.

Katrina Gunn, of Fort Wayne, Ind., is the first recipient of the 2nd Lt. Richard Torres Scholarship, sponsored by APSUs Screaming Eagles Chapter of Chi Delta Chi National Organization for Veterans.
A scholarship created by a military veterans group at Austin Peay State University to honor an alumnus who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom was awarded for the first time to an APSU chemistry major.

Katrina Gunn, of Fort Wayne, Ind., is the first recipient of the 2nd Lt. Richard Torres Scholarship, sponsored by APSU's Screaming Eagles Chapter of Chi Delta Chi National Organization for Veterans.

Gunn, who will be a junior during the 2006-07 academic year, was presented with a $1,000 check Friday during Chi Delta Chi's Annual Spring Recognition Ceremony. She plans to minor in communication.

Torres served three years with the 326th Engineer Battalion at Fort Campbell, Ky., as an enlisted soldier working in the combat engineer field.

In 2002, Torres graduated from APSU, where he had been an ROTC cadet. After receiving his commission, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry regiment, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y.

“In honor of his achievements at Austin Peay and in the U.S. Army, and for the ultimate sacrifice he made for our country, we dedicated this scholarship in his memory,” said Don Ferguson, chapter adviser for Chi Delta Chi.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must have a minimum 3.25 grade-point average, completed 30 hours of college credit, be enrolled three hours at the Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell or six hours on APSU's main campus, and be a veteran or active military, or a military dependent.

For more information about the 2nd Lt. Richard Torres Scholarship, contact Ferguson by telephone at (931) 221-7331 or by e-mail at fergusond@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer