2 receive Bowman scholarship Award honors slain soldier

June 02, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

Like the soldier immortalized by the Spc. Charles L. Bowman Jr. Memorial Scholarship, Doreen Watson says, she has skills, bravery and a love for mankind.

She plans to use those qualities, and the $150 scholarship, to become a nurse.

She and Brian K. Blankenship, both 17, are the first winners of the scholarship, which is named after the only Carroll resident killed in the Persian Gulf war.

They received the scholarships during a ceremony Sunday in Memorial Park in Westminster.

Mr. Bowman died April 2, 1991, weeks after the cease-fire, when a bomblet exploded in his hand in southern Iraq. He was 20.

Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown and several veterans organizations started the scholarship last fall and created a board of 10 directors to raise and administer the money.

The first awards came from direct donations from the members of the organizations.

The directors are trying to raise an endowment of $15,000, which could generate up to $1,200 a year in interest to give away, Mr. Brown said. Both the number of scholarships and the amount of the awards could increase, he said, as the board raises more money.

Winners were selected from applicants screened by staff members at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center.

Students must take classes at the center to be eligible for the scholarship. Winners may use the grants to support their careers, either by pursuing post-secondary education or buying equipment.

Mr. Bowman studied auto mechanics at the center and attended North Carroll High School.

He was the son of Charles L. and Sandra Bowman of Manchester, who attended the ceremony.

Doreen, a Westminster High School senior, is studying nursing at the center and hopes to be accepted at Villa Julie College in Baltimore County. She plans to pursue a degree in nursing.

She is the daughter of Judy and David Watson of East Main Street in Westminster.

Brian, a Westminster High junior, is studying machine technology and hopes to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He said he wants to earn a degree in mechanical engineering.

He is the son of Angela and Paul Burkhardt of Arters Mill Road in Westminster.

In applying for the scholarship, students wrote essays about the importance of honoring soldiers who died for their country, and about their careers.

"I wrote that the people that went and fought for our country were brave, courageous and skillful, and they have a love for all mankind," Doreen said. "They gave the ultimate sacrifice -- death."

To contribute to the fund, send checks to the Charles Bowman Scholarship Fund, c/o Joseph Beaver, Union National Bank, 117 E. Main St., Westminster, Md. 21157.

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