The Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center (CIVOC) in Hyannis in collaboration with the Nicholas G. Xiarhos Memorial Foundation, and private donors Mr. & Mrs. Michael Serabian provided seven individual $1,000 scholarships to five local High School students whose family member is a veteran and two veterans pursuing degrees. The presentations were made at the Barnstable Town Hall.
Three of the four CIVOC scholarships are named after Roy Pacheco, Michael Trainor, and Craig Morrison who are some of the original founders of what used to be the Nam Vets Association. The Nam Vets Association has since morphed into the Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center to better serve veterans and their families of all eras. The fourth CIVOC scholarship presented is named after U.S. Marine Captain Eric A. Jones.
Roy Pacheco presented Hailey Meader of Martha’s Vineyard High School with a CIVOC scholarship named after him.
Michael Trainor presented Kyll Jolls of Dennis Yarmouth High School with a CIVOC scholarship named after him.
Justin Morrison the son of Craig Morrison presented Breann Hill of Barnstable High School with a CIVOC scholarship named after his father.
Nicole Sanchez who is currently attending Cape Cod Community College was the recipient of the Captain Eric A. Jones CIVOC scholarship. Captain Jones, the son of Ken and Cyndy Jones who founded Heroes In Transition after his death, was a Marine aviator killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009.
Yarmouth Deputy Police Chief Steven Xiarhos presented the Nicholas G. Xiarhos scholarship to Jordan Monteiro who is currently attending Cape Cod Community College. U.S. Marine Corporal Nicholas Xiarhos was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009.
Mr. & Mrs. Serabian presented a $1,000 scholarship each to Alison Landry of Mashpee High School and Gianna Pollock from Barnstable High School.