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July 17, 2012
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Norwich raises over $68k towards scholarship in alum and Navy SEAL Brian Bill’s name
NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The inaugural golf tournament fundraiser held on June 14 at the Sterling Farms Golf Course in Stamford, Conn., as a memorial to NU alum Brian R. Bill’01, raised a net amount of $68,757, all of which will go to the Norwich scholarship created in Bill’s name.
Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Brian Bill was born on August 23, 1979 in Stamford, Conn. and graduated from Norwich University in 2001. He was a highly decorated combat veteran with numerous awards and commendations. On August 6, 2011, a Chinook helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, was shot down by enemy fire in Afghanistan taking the lives of 38 people on board. Brian was one of 17 SEALs aboard that helicopter. This tournament was established to celebrate his life and generate financial support for the scholarship established in his name at Norwich University.
The golf tournament included 110 players and over 200 people at the lunch. Dozens of individuals donated to the auctions and raffles, and the event received wonderful community support from the CT National Guard, Freedom Riders, NU Color Guard and other organizations. Special guests included NHL great Jeremy Roenick and former NHL player and referee Paul Stewart, who was the MC for the day.
The featured luncheon speaker was New York Times best-selling author Eric Blehm. His luncheon presentation focused on “Fearless,” his newest book which takes readers deep into SEAL Team SIX and straight to the heart of one of its most legendary operators, Navy SEAL Adam Brown. Blehm had the rare opportunity to interview Adam’s teammates in preparation for this book. In the days following the mission in which Osama bin Laden was killed, he made his way around the country to talk with the men who wanted Adam’s story told. Brian Bill was among those interviewed. Blehm was the last journalist to interview Brian.
The Brian R. Bill Memorial Scholarship, which is endowed at Norwich and will be awarded for the first time in the coming academic year, was specifically created to benefit the sons and daughters of US Navy SEALs or those who have served in the US Armed Forces Special Forces.
“Brian Bill was passionate about the SEALs, and the scholarship created in his honor will be a great benefit to many in that extraordinary community,” said President Richard Schneider.
Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army. Norwich University is the oldest private military college in the United States of America and the birthplace of our nation's Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu