Salem Glen College Assistance Program

Two awards will be given in the Salem Glen College Assistance Program, which aims to help adults return to school to improve their options for a higher-earning career. The program awards scholarships of up to $2,500 towards a two-year degree or certification program from Forsyth Tech or Davidson-Davie Community College. Also, it provides a mentor, a volunteer from the Salem Glen neighborhood, to scholarship recipients to help the student navigate their education and career path. The awards are given in honor of two people this year: Richard Bunker and Jerome (Fritz) Burkel.

This year, two awards will be given in the Salem Glen College Assistance Program, which aims to help adults return to school to improve their options for a higher-earning career. The program awards financial assistance with a two-year degree or career certification program from Forsyth Tech or DCCC. Also, it provides a mentor pairing to scholarship recipients to help the student navigate their education and career path. Mentors will be selected volunteers from the Salem Glen neighborhood. The awards are given in honor of two people this year: Richard Bunker and Jerome (Fritz) Burkel. An electrical engineer by trade, Richard Bunker valued education above all else and believed that everyone had the right to higher education. In his retirement, he found great joy in tutoring all levels and ages of students, ranging from middle school through graduate school. He would have fully supported the great things that Salem Glen and the Shallow Ford Foundation are doing by not only providing financial assistance to deserving students but offering a mentor to take the journey with them. This award is given in loving remembrance, thanks to his family.‍ Jerome (Fritz) Burkel was in the 28th Infantry Division and died on Aug. 7, 1944. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his service and sacrifice to his country. Less than a month later, the 28th Infantry Division would be instrumental in the liberation of Paris and continue the fighting into Belgium. They would also be at the forefront of the Battle of the Bulge and ultimately the first Allied troops to enter Germany. Jerome (Fritz) Burkel was no longer with them, but along with the thousands of other fallen brothers, significantly contributed to this monumental event in U.S. history. His family is honoring "Uncle Fritz" and his service and sacrifice with this scholarship.

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April 25, 2022