Sorrento native awarded scholarship

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Rebekah L. Whitney

Rebekah L. Whitney, of Sorrento, has been awarded a Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship in the amount of $5,000.00 for the 2014-2015 school year. Rebekah was selected for this scholarship based on her academic scores, extracurricular activities, and community service. A Distinguished Honor Graduate of St Amant High in 2010, she participated in the Early Start Program and Honors Program, Students Teaching and Reaching Program (STAR), was a member of the Beta Club, St Amant High Marching Band and Symphonic Bands, Lady Gators Soccer Team, Track and Field Team, and the Cross Country Team. She received Varsity letters in Academics, Band, Soccer, Track, and Cross Country. Rebekah is also a member of the Women Veterans of Louisiana (Daughters of) in which she performs community service for local veterans and supports veterans events.

The Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship program was founded in 2010 when President Obama donated the proceeds from his children’s book, “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters,” to help establish a scholarship for children of fallen and disabled service members. The "Heroes' Legacy Scholarships" program honors not only those who have fallen in battle, but all who have died or have become disabled through their active military service since September 11, 2001. The program is open to their dependent unmarried children under age 23. The scholarship grants for this special program are underwritten also through corporate sponsorships and private donations. The amount to be awarded each year depends on the amount of royalties, sponsorships and other donations designated for this program.

Rebekah attended River Parishes Community College during the 2013-2014 school year and was named to the Dean’s List for both the Fall and Spring semesters with a grade point average of 3.7. Rebekah is the daughter of retired Army Master Sergeant Tanya Barnett Whitney, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan operations, and Robert L. Whitney, Jr., a former Staff Sergeant in the Louisiana Army National Guard. Rebekah will be attending River Parishes Community College for the 2014-2015 school year.