Gone but Not Forgotten

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012

There are many in the WMU community who have made us proud with their dedicated service to our country, but unfortunately, not all of them will make it back home.

One such brave Bronco who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country was Capt. Drew Russell (BA ’08, Criminal Justice). He was killed in October during an insurgent attack in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan. Russell was a lifelong resident of Scotts, Michigan. After graduating from WMU and the ROTC program, he was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo.

Response to the tragic news was significant. Alumni of the ROTC program wanted to do something in Russell’s honor that would have a lasting impact. They decided to set up a scholarship in Russell’s name. WMU requires a scholarship to raise at least $10,000 before it can become endowed.

Beginning in November, a campaign began to set up the scholarship. It began as a word of mouth effort—networking on social media sites, until a large anonymous gift was made.

The Scholarship was established before WMU’s ROTC office had a chance to fully outline guidelines for applications.

We thank those who sacrifice their lives to serve our country, and wish to convey the deep sense of pride in those from our own community.

To learn more, please follow the links below:

LINK: KALAMAZOO GAZETTE

LINK: WMU NEWS

LINK: WMU MILITARY SCIENCE PROGRAM