Honor Veterans & Patriots ROTC Scholarship Fund

The Honor Veterans and Patriots ROTC Scholarship Fund was originally established in 2016 by Michael Rainbolt, LTC, USA, Ret., to honor former servicemembers, their families, and the many more who have supported, in varying capacities, the United States Armed Forces. Each year, the scholarship fund supports one cadet each in the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine ROTC programs at Oregon State University.

If you are interested in making a contribution to the fund for the purpose of honoring a veteran or patriot, please contact the Benton Community Foundation at 541-753-1603.



Col. Louis Pearson

  • WWII Veteran - Africa, Italy, France
  • Military Officers Association, Corvallis Chapter
  • Passed away August 28, 2003


Maj. Joan Rainey

  • OSU ROTC - Medical Service Corps
  • Served in Northern Germany
  • Supports Cadets with family scholarship
  • Passed away in 2010


Maj. Albert Berglund

  • OSU ROTC, Oregon National Guard
  • Career in Communications at OSU
  • Passed away in 2016


Frank Walsh

  • WWII Veteran, 9th Armored Division, Siegfried Line
  • Battle of the Bulge, Ruhr Valley
  • American Legion Post 65
  • Middle school teacher, Coos Bay, 94 Years Old


Mary Ann Nardello

  • Member, Daughters of American Revolution (DAR)
  • Former Regent, DAR
  • Member & Former Secretary, Military Officers Club
  • 102 Years Old


Lt. Col. Jerry Ward

  • ROTC, University of Texas; Vietnam Veteran; Bronze Star
  • ROTC, Oregon State University; Assistant Professor of Military Science
  • Assistant Athletic Director, Oregon State University
  • Rotary President, 1997
  • Military Officers Association, Corvallis Chapter
  • Passed away August 17, 2013


Col. Bob Schoning

  • 30 years, USMC; WWII/Korea/Vietnam; Bronze Star for Valor
  • University of Washington, Degree in Fisheries
  • 24 years with State Fish Commission, last 11 years as Director
  • Director of National Marine Fisheries Service, Washington, D.C.
  • Professor of Fisheries at OSU
  • Former President, Corvallis Chapter of MOAA
  • 94 years old


Ivan L. Rauch

  • WWII, Korea, Vietnam - Merchant Marines & Navy
  • Served on aircraft carrier
  • Passed away February 2017


TSgt. Eugene S. Robertson

  • Enlisted, US Air Force, February 1953
  • Vietnam Veteran, 12th Air Commando Squadron
  • 320 Combat Sortie Missions, 520 Combat Hours
  • Flight Engineer crossed trained as Pharmacy Technician
  • Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 10 Oak Leaf Clusters


Col. Robert (Bob) Wray

  • Commissioned US Marine Corps, 1943
  • Fighter Pilot, WWII
  • Company Commander, Korean War
  • Two Silver Stars, Korean War
  • Vietnam Veteran
  • Commanding Officer, NROTC, Oregon State University


Patrick Fisher

  • US Navy, 1983-2003
  • Gunners Mate
  • Deployments: Cuba, Europe, Middle East
  • Responsible for Shipboard munitions
  • Maintained Fire Fighting Equipment plus Security
  • Personal Trainer at Fitness Center in Beaverton
  • Tri-Athlete


Jonathan Poling

  • Served in US Army, 1987-1993
  • Fort Benning, Georgia
  • Germany & Korea
  • Desert Storm, 1990-1991


CW4 Wayne Nutsch

  • CEO Nutsch Aviation, Independence, Oregon
  • US Army Helicopter Mechanic, 1964
  • UH-1 Helicopter Pilot, Vietnam
  • More than 1,000 hours Combat Time
  • C/229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division
  • Air Medal with "36" Device - Master Army Aviator
  • Army Reserve and National Guard Pilot, UH-1, OH-58, C-26
  • Chief Pilot and Chief Instructor of FAA-approved Pilot School
  • FAA Aviation Safety Inspector, 1970-2000
  • FAA National HQ, 1985-2000


Capt. Jonathan Hayes

  • Commission US Air Force, ROTC, Tuffs University 1964
  • Three tours in Vietnam, 22 Air Medals
  • Five Distinguished Flying Crosses with "V" for Heroism
  • Richard III Society, American Branch, Chairman
  • Richard III Society, Vice President
  • Distinguished Flying Cross Society
  • 80th Fighter Squadron Association
  • National Rifle Association
  • Municipal Bond Finance Manager
  • WA Economic Development Finance Authority (WEDFA), Executive Director
  • Military Officers Club of Corvallis, President, 2015-2018