For Immediate Release
August 10, 2009
AFA Awards the 2009 Capt. Jodi Callahan Memorial Graduate Scholarship
Arlington, VA – The Air Force Association (AFA) today announced the selection of Air Force Captain Patrick Reimnitz for the 2009 Captain Jodi Callahan Memorial Graduate Scholarship.
Captain Reimnitz serves as unit Education Officer for an AFROTC detachment, and is an instructor and mentor. In his personal and volunteer time, Reimnitz is a youth worker at his church, teaching and mentoring more than 40 students, and leading them in charity fundraising efforts, including the LA Food Bank and a ministry building homes for needy families in Mexico.
Captain Reimnitz is pursuing a Master’s degree in Theology at Loyola Marymount University, and plans to use that knowledge to help Airmen, perhaps in an official capacity such as chaplain or counselor.
AFA awards the $1,000 Callahan Memorial Scholarship annually to deserving Air Force active duty, full time Guard or Reserve pursuing a non-technical Master’s Degree.
Captain Jodi Callahan was an AFA National Director and a Trustee of the Aerospace Education Foundation. She was a life member of AFA. This scholarship is possible because of the generous donations of her family and friends through the Jodi Callahan Memorial Fund.
“We are happy to present the Callahan Memorial Scholarship to Captain Reimnitz,” said S. Sanford Schlitt, Vice Chairman of the Board for Aerospace Education. “We appreciate his service, his motivation and his example to AFROTC cadets.”
“Jodi Callahan was, at the time of her death, pursuing her second master's degree at George Washington University. Her Masters of Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and the program at George Washington were both off duty education supported in part by the Air Force,” said the Callahan Family. “Congratulations to Captain Reimnitz. His efforts to gain a Master’s degree while being active already in his chosen field make him an excellent choice for this scholarship.”
“We’re very pleased to honor the memory of Captain Jodi Callahan and contribute to the future of an exceptional Air Force officer,” said Mike Dunn, President of AFA.
The Air Force Association is a 501(C) (3), nonprofit organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. AFA has more than 200 chapters nationally and internationally representing 125,000 members. Visit AFA at http://www.afa.org.
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