Award winner, Garrett Allen – of Oakton High – with Rick Dansey (left) and U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf.
With a seven minute speech about the importance of history and knowledge of government, U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10) presented the National Heritage Scholarship at Oakton High School in May to kick-off the school’s annual award night.
The Scholarship awards $5,000 each to seniors at three Northern Virginia schools (Chantilly, Oakton, and Westfield). The winners were: Josh Oswalt (Chantilly High), Hayley Anderson (Westfield High), Garrett Allen (Oakton High). Started by Chantilly resident, Rick Dansey and his son, Jake, the educational initiative is designed to reward excellence in U.S. History and Government. The Dansey Foundation’s mission is to educate and encourage the next generation to understand both the operation of government and the history of that government.
Examples from the award winners’ resumes include being an intern for a Virginia state senator, supporting a campaign for a Virginia state delegate, being a Boy’s State attendee, and serving as Secretary-General of a Model United Nation’s team, along with multiple history and leadership awards. More information on these students can be found at www.t2fund.org.
The scholarship will continue at Chantilly, Oakton, and Westfield High Schools with the intent of eventually expanding its impact throughout the area.
Contact Rick Dansey, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested in getting your high school involved the program.