Above: Capt. John Iarrobino (at right)
This scholarship was established in memory of Captain John H. Iarrobino, the commanding officer of the USS Oriskany from March 1966 - March 1967. He served during a time of trial when the ship suffered a devastating fire in October 1966. Captain John later helped form the USS Oriskany Reunion Association (ORA) and was instrumental in arranging the Anchor Memorial in Oriskany, NY, dedicated to the servicemen who lost their lives in the fire onboard.
To be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant must be a student in the Oriskany Central School District or a descendent of a USS Oriskany crew member. The recipient of the scholarship can receive up to $500 toward the cost of their continuing education. Two scholarships will be awarded: one for Oriskany students and one for descendants. Your application will be reviewed by members of the USS Oriskany Reunion Association, a group for veterans who served aboard the aircraft carrier (1950-1976).
These scholarships are for any student who wishes to continue their education at any school that will help them meet their goals in life. It does not matter if that opportunity is a college, university, community college, or technical school. The scholarship will be awarded after the student has completed one semester of continuing education and has registered for the second semester or term, at which time the monies will be sent to that school in the recipient’s name.
Both applications are open to high school seniors. Shipmate descendants may apply during subsequent years of education if they have not previously received a scholarship from ORA.
To apply, please send your completed application to the ORA Scholarship Chairman listed on the form by April 1.