Congratulations to Cadet Kristy M. Wheeler, who in 2000 was selected as the first recipient of the Hunter W. Henry, Jr., SMA '46, Scholarship Honoring SMA.  Cadet Wheeler is a senior at Mary Baldwin College, majoring in Computer Science/Business with a 3.4 GPA.  Cadet Wheeler, a native of Richmond, Virginia, is also First Captain in the Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership (VWIL) ROTC Program, and she will receive a commission in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation from MBC-VWIL in May 2001.

SMA Alumni Association President Tom Phillips, SMA ' 74, representing
Hunter Henry, SMA '46, stands with the first Henry Scholarship Honoring
Kristy Wheeler following the award ceremony on The Hill.

Rachel L. O’Connell

Congratulations to Cadet Captain Rachel L. O’Connell, the recipient of the 2001 Hunter W. Henry, Jr. Scholarship Honoring Staunton Military Academy.  A senior in the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership, and holding a 3.7 GPA as a psychology major, with a minor in sociology and leadership, she will receive a commission in the U.S. Army in May 2002.  Cadet O'Connell is also president of ODK, a national honor society, she is a VWIL platoon captain, cadet-in-charge of the Physical Training Cadre, and she is the Chair of the Cadet Training Committee.  She is also the president of the Army Aviation Association of America Chapter, a member of the NCAA varsity swimming team, and she was recently selected to "Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities".

The Henry Scholarship Honoring Staunton Military Academy is a perpetual, $2,500 scholarship, and it will be awarded annually to the Mary Baldwin College - Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership, junior-year graduate entering her senior year in the ROTC program, who is determined by the Mary Baldwin College administration to be the most outstanding cadet, and who will then represent the SMA legacy on The Hill.

“My intent is to perpetuate the memory of our great and never-to-be-forgotten Staunton Military Academy.  I have always been extraordinarily proud of being a graduate of an academy that had such an exceptional reputation, and my desire is pretty simple... to never let its memory or name die.”

Hunter W. Henry, Jr., SMA '46

If you have questions about the Henry Scholarships, please contact either of the following:

Mr. Mark Atchison
VP for Institutional Advancement
Mary Baldwin College
Staunton, VA 24401

Phone:  (540) 887-7011

Hunter W. Henry, Jr.
1148 Thousand Oaks Loop
San Marcos, TX 78666

Phone:  (512) 754-7577

These scholarships are in no way affiliated with or supported by the SMA Alumni Association.

Published September 12, 2000; Revised September 17, 2001