Randell D. Voas/Randy's Run 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. In 2010, another group of friends established Randy’s Run to provide a
second scholarship in Randy's honor. Beginning in 2016 the
proceeds from Randy’s Run will be combined with the funds
established by Randy's family to have one scholarship in his
honor, the Randell D. Voas/Randy’s Run Scholarship.
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. In 2010, a group of
Randy's friends established Randy’s Run to provide a second
scholarship in his honor. Beginning in 2016 the proceeds
from Randy’s Run will be combined with the funds established
by Randy's family to have one scholarship in his honor, the
Randell D. Voas/Randy’s Run Scholarship. 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 $2,000 per academic year and is not renewable. It is awarded to an Eden Prairie High School senior who has a grade point average of 3.25 or higher, is actively participating in one or more of the activities that Randy participated in (Nordic Ski, Band, Boy Scouts, and NHS), and is pursuing some type of post-secondary education (vocational, junior college,
community college, or university).
This scholarship is awarded to an Eden Prairie High School senior who:
- Has a grade point average of 3.25 or higher.
- Is actively participating in one or more of the
following activities that Randy participated in: Nordic Ski, Band, Boy Scouts, and NHS.
- Is pursuing some type of post-secondary education – vocational, junior college, community college, or university.
The Randell D. Voas/Randy's Run Scholarship is $2,000 per academic year, and is not renewable.
- The application process will take place through Eden Prairie High School’s Multi-Scholarship Application process.
- Please complete the Multi-Scholarship application through EPHS’s online Naviance system. The system is available from December 15th, 2015 through February 2nd, 2016.
- This scholarship requires a letter of recommendation
that specifically addresses your qualifications for the
Randell D. Voas/Randy's Run Scholarship. Letters of recommendation currently in Naviance will be used. If you do not have a letter of recommendation in Naviance, one must be uploaded by a teacher.
- This scholarship requires an essay. The essay is
part of the application process through Naviance.
- Applications are due by 3:00 p.m. on February 2, 2016.
- A committee will choose the recipient and the scholarship will be awarded at the EPHS Senior Community Scholarship Awards night in May 2016.
Printable PDF version of this scholarship and application procedure
2015 Recipient of the Randell D. Voas Memorial Scholarship
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
Randell D. Voas Memorial Scholarship:
2015 Katie Velek
2014 Briana Paulsen
2013 Kayla Schroeck
2012 Mikalyna Sell
Randy's Run Scholarship:
2015 Micayla Batchlor
2015 Nathan Derks
2015 Claire Zurn
2014 Hannah Jeter
2014 Eric Savereide
2013 Ryan Stewart
2013 Maddie Sligh
2012 Cayla Witte
2011 Aaron Bartnik
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