North Kingstown VFW Post Scholarships.
The North Kingstown VFW Post 152 offers three $1000 and one $1,500 one-time award scholarships in honor of 4 men who exemplify the ideals of our nations and the VFW.
Command Sergeant Major Gerald "Gerry" Davis Scholarship. Command Sgt. Maj. Davis grew up in Wickford, R.I. He was Captain of the North Kingstown Football team and later inducted into the North Kingstown High School Hall of Fame. Davis went on multiple deployments, including Iraq, and achieved the highest enlisted rank before his retirement after 30 years of service.
Harold McWilliams Scholarship. Harold McWilliams was a lifelong resident of North Kingstown who served in the Korean War, where he was awarded the bronze star for bravery and the Purple Heart. After the war, he came home and worked at the fish hatchery, rising to be the head foreman. Never forgetting his time in the service and his sense of duty, he joined the VFW, where he was a life member and served from the state to the local level and always gave back to local citizens and veterans alike. Both of these men were pillars in our community. They may have given up the uniform, but they, like the rest of us in the VFW, haven't given up the commitment to serve our community.
Captain Matthew J. August Scholarship. Matthew August grew up in North Kingstown, went to Davisville Middle School, and graduated from Bishop Hendricken High School in 1993 before attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. On January 27, 2004, Captain August was leading 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Infantry Division attached to the 82nd Airborne on a mission to seek and destroy a cache of insurgent munitions sixty miles west of Baghdad, Iraq, when they were ambushed by improvised explosive devices and small arms fire, killing Captain August, his first sergeant, and the driver and gunner on his Humvee.
Robert Viera Memorial Scholarship for $1500. Bob grew up on a farm in Seekonk, MA. He was next to the youngest in a family of 11 children. While target shooting when he was 15 in the woods behind his house, he was shot in the neck. The bullet entered the left side of his neck, tore through his pharynx, and came out his right cheek and suffered a broken jaw. Not letting this event hold him down and indictive of how he lived, he joined the Marine Corps, following in the footsteps of four of his brothers. Education was important to Bob. Using the GI Bill, he graduated from Johnson & Wales in 1977 with a degree in accounting. He took the skills he learned in the Marines and transferred that into a 38-year career working at Logan, Bradley, and Kennedy as an Air Traffic Controller retiring out of Providence.
Upon retirement, Bob went to work for the Town of North Kingstown as a Ranger & starter at the NK Golf course. He could do anything; the library was his best friend if he couldn’t figure something out. Running was among his many interests until he suffered a major stroke, but Bob never gave up. He participated in 2 of the VFW’s fun races, being pushed by his two daughters. He was so happy when he could get out—especially participating in the North Kingstown Veterans and Memorial Day parades. He loved being on the water & near the water and why he chose to make North Kingstown his home for over 50 years. Bob’s legacy lives on with his family; his wife, who thought of him as a hero and the love of his life, three children, and two grandchildren
Eligibility: Currently, two scholarships are open to all North Kingstown High School seniors who are a child or grandchild of a veteran. Since they are in honor of two NKHS alumni who went on to serve our nation and then later in our community, we will only accept applications from NKHS students. The other two scholarships are open to all high school seniors in North Kingstown regardless of what school they attend. They will have priority for selection. If no high school senior resident applies, they will default to eligible North Kingstown High School Seniors.
If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please download an application
and follow the instructions. All applications must be submitted before May 1 each year.
Military Women Across the Nation College Scholarship
The 2023 essay topic is "What Were the Challenges Faced by Military Women
Who Served in Vietnam During the Vietnam War?”
Applicant Eligibility for this $1,000 scholarship:
1. Must have a 3.2 or better Grade Point Average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.
2. Must be a high school senior or undergraduate college student.
3. Entries must be submitted by April 1, 2023: NO EXCEPTIONS.
4. Military women and veterans MAY NOT APPLY FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP.
Email the attached Application Package and/or any questions to the Scholarship Chair at: