The Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation

Joanne Phipps and Ken Hess

The Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation was established in 1992 after 15-year-old Brian LaViolette’s life was claimed in a swimming accident. Since then, the foundation has been working hard to ensure Brian’s plans for making a difference were carried on. The foundation has awarded nearly 400 scholarships in 10 states and two foreign countries.

In 2003, the Scholarship of Honor was established to pay tribute to those who have served our country. The scholarship’s mission is: “To honor, to remember those who serve, while recognizing dedication, community service and selflessness in those who follow in their footsteps.”

After hearing about the loss of a local fallen solider, Ken Hess, the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation established the Ken Hess Scholarship of Honor in 2007 at Reynolds High School, where Hess had attended. The award is presented to a graduating high-school senior with plans to enlist in the military or pursue a career in public safety or community service.

The 2007 Ken Hess Scholarship recipient, Joanne Phipps, shares, “This scholarship not only helped me financially, but has been a continuous source of motivation reminding me of those who have given their life for me and this country. I’ve spent my whole life wanting to help others.”

Those interested in helping sponsor this scholarship, may contact Kim LaViolette at 242-3790 or kimrlav@yahoo.com. Info: www.briansjourney.com.

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