Randell D. Voas Memorial Scholarship
(Adapted from "Local residents gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country" by Jessica Harper, Thisweek Newspapers.)
A career soldier in the U.S. Air Force, Major Randell Voas served 19 years in the military, including service in South Korea and Iraq. As a child growing up in Eden Prairie, Randy was a “boy’s boy” who enjoyed the outdoors and youth sports. He had lots of friends and was a good student.
After graduating from Eden Prairie High School in 1985, Randy enrolled at the University of Minnesota where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. In 1991, Randy decided to enlist in the U.S. Army to fly helicopters. He spent eight years actively flying in the Army prior to transferring to the Special ops Unit in the USAF. Randy's last assignment was to the 8th Special Ops as an Initial Codre for the CV22 Osprey stationed at Hurlburt Field Florida. Although he took a career path in the military, Randy continued to further his education while in the Air Force by earning his master’s in business administration in 2009.
While he was a disciplined soldier when on duty, Randy was a kind-hearted friend, father to two children, Maddeline and Mitchell, and husband to Jill. Randy not only possessed good common sense, but his honesty and integrity were above reproach.
On April 9th, 2010, Major Randell D. Voas gave his life defending our freedom as a CV22 Osprey Aircraft Commander executing an emergency landing while on a Special Operations Mission near Kandahar, Afghanistan. Under extreme circumstances, as a result of his mission, Randy saved 16 Americans that day. He was 43. After his death, Randy’s family and friends established the Randell D. Voas Memorial Scholarship, which provides scholarships to Eden Prairie High School seniors who share qualities similar to Randy’s.
The Randell D. Voas Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Major Randell D. Voas, USAF, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on April 9th, 2010. It was established by Randy's mother, Jo Kallemeyn, brother, Jeff, wife, Jill and children, Maddeline and Mitchell. Major Voas attended Eden Prairie Schools from first grade to his graduation from Eden Prairie High School in 1985.
The scholarship is in the amount of $500 per academic year and is not renewable. It is awarded to an Eden Prairie High School senior who has a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, is actively participating in school and community activities, and is pursuing some type of post-secondary education (vocational, junior college or university).
2012 was the first year the scholarship was administered by FEPS. FEPS is proud to play an active role in awarding this annual scholarship.
This scholarship is awarded to a Eden Prairie High School senior who:
- Has a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
- Is actively participating in school and community activities.
- Is pursuing some type of post-secondary education – vocational, junior college, community college, or university.
The Randell D. Voas Memorial Scholarship is $500 per academic year, and is not renewable.
Applications for the 2016 Randell D. Voas Memorial Scholarship will be available early 2016. The application deadline will be mid-April and the scholarship will be awarded at the EPHS Academic Awards night mid-May, 2016.
The winner of the 2015 Randell D. Voas Memorial Scholarship was Katie Velek, daughter of Denise and John Velek.
During high school, Katie was involved in athletics, academics, church and her local community. Katie has served as Fine Arts Editor, Student Life Coordinator, Social Coordinator and Head Editor of EPHS Yearbook. She has been a varsity cheerleader captain since 2013, where she earned two All-State Cheerleading titles and three All American titles. Katie was also Captain of the Track and Field team and is a lifetime member of the National Society of High School Scholars.
Katie will attend the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, where she will major in Social Work. Congratulations, Katie!
Current & Past Winners
2015 Katie Velek
2014 Briana Paulsen
2013 Kayla Schroeck
2012 Mikalyna Sell
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