AUBURN, Mass. – The Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation is looking for students at Auburn High School to apply for grants to help defray costs for academic, athletic and extracurricular activities.
Timothy Morse, the foundation’s president, said that the $200 grants would be given to school groups and sports teams that “need something extra” for their activities throughout the school year.
“It’s another avenue for them to look for funds,” Morse said. “When I was in high school, the political science club would always have to raise funds for its trip to Washington, D.C. This grant from the Brodeur Foundation could go towards an activity like that.
“We’d like for the activity to benefit the school or the Auburn community at large.”
The grant awards will be given out twice a year, with the first awards in December and the second in April. The December grant applications need to be submitted by Nov. 1, and there is a maximum award of $200.
Morse said the community has given great support to the foundation since it was established in 2011.
“The community’s generosity has been overwhelming,” Morse said. “It solidifies that people in Auburn really care about Maj. Brodeur and what he did. And if you’re a parent in Auburn, you want to see an organization that benefits the school system.”
The foundation has been raising funds in honor of Brodeur, a 1994 Auburn High School graduate and U.S. Air Force major who was killed at Kabul Airport in Afghanistan in April 2011.
Brodeur was an F-16 pilot and instructor with deployments to Iraq, where he flew combat missions during the initial days and months of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Among his commendations and awards are the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and Combat Action Medal.
The foundation has not set a limit on the number of grantees, and all applications will be reviewed by unbiased members of the foundation. Students are responsible for completing and submitting grant requests under the guidance of advisers or teachers.
To get a grant application, visit http://brodeurfoundation.com. All applications must be submitted by mail to the Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 124, Auburn, MA 01501
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