The Friends of the Utica Armory was created to celebrate the history and traditions of the historic Utica Armory and to preserve and enhance the structure, its use and appreciation by our community. The organization also is committed to supporting the New York Army National Guard units stationed at the Armory, currently the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry, and the 107th Military Police Company, as well as the families, friends and local community.
The Friends of the Utica Armory established this post-secondary educational scholarship fund in 2010 as a way to demonstrate its commitment to the unit members past and present, along with their family and friends, and as a way to encourage greater participation by the local community in the lives of the people associated with the Utica Armory.
Friends of the Utica Armory will be awarding scholarships in honor of Sergeant First Class Erik Nichols and Sergeant Michael A. Uvanni. SFC Nichols was the Medical Platoon Sergeant in HHC 2-108IN during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 and was a registered nurse working at a local hospital who was pursuing his master's degree and had planned to become a commissioned officer before he died in 2007. Sergeant Uvanni was a mortarman and former Marine serving with Bravo Company 2-108IN when he was killed in action on October 1, 2004 in Samarra Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
To be eligible: You must be either, a member of Friends of the Utica Armory or sponsored by a Friends of the Utica Armory member.
Application Deadline: April 15, 2013