St. Amant grad earns $5,000 scholarship _lowres

Rebekah L. Whitney

Rebekah L. Whitney, of Sorrento, has been awarded a $5,000 Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship for the upcoming school year.

Whitney was selected for the scholarship based on academic scores, extracurricular activities and community service, a news release said.

A distinguished honor graduate of St. Amant High in 2010, she participated in the Early Start Program, honors classes and the Students Teaching and Reaching Program, and was a member of the Beta Club, marching and symphonic Bands, Lady Gators soccer team, track and field and cross-country.

Whitney received varsity letters in academics, band, soccer, track and cross-country.

She is a member of the Daughters of Women Veterans of Louisiana in which she performs community service for local veterans and supports veterans events.

The Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship program was founded in 2010 when President Barack 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 scholarship program honors not only those who have died in battle but all who have died or have become disabled through active military service since Sept. 11, 2001. The program is open to their dependent, unmarried children younger than 23.

The scholarship grants for the program also are underwritten 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 the program, the release said.

Whitney, the daughter of retired Army Master Sgt. Tanya Barnett Whitney, who is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan operations; and Robert L. Whitney Jr., a former staff sergeant in the Louisiana Army National Guard, 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 3.7 grade-point average.

She plans to attend River Parishes Community College for the 2014-2015 school year.