NORWAY – The scholarship in memory of Sgt. Corey Dan, who died in March while fighting in Iraq, is bulging with donations and the proceeds of a benefit raffle sale.
Dan’s mother, Wanda Kilgore, said the scholarship fund is worth about $5,000, and will be used to contribute to the college tuition of local high school seniors pursuing careers in law enforcement or criminal justice.
“On Corey’s behalf, I am so honored to be able to do this for a student,” Kilgore said Wednesday. “And I will be giving out the scholarship award at the high school’s awards night.”
Dan, who grew up in Norway, had hoped to work as a police officer after completing his service with the Army. He was on his second tour of duty in Iraq when he died March 13 near Ar-Ramadi during combat.
“He worked really hard to achieve what he had done so far,” Kilgore said. “It is such a waste for a young life to be ended so abruptly and not be able to fulfill his goals and he always had goals. As parents I can’t tell you how proud we are of this child.”
The scholarship was created soon after Dan’s death by the owners of the Lake Store in Norway, Dick and Charlene Manson. Kilgore works at the store.
Norway Savings Bank is handling the scholarship. A spokeswoman said anyone who wishes to donate can drop into any bank branch and speak to a bank representative.
Kilgore’s employers at The Lake Store in Norway also have offered a trip for two to Mexico as a raffle prize. Dick and Charlene Manson are selling tickets at their store, and Kilgore said people are stopping in to buy the tickets or just to donate to the scholarship fund.
The raffle winner will be announced May 20, which is Armed Forces Day.
Kilgore brought over tickets to the law enforcement program at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School to give to the students to sell. A scholarship of $250 to $500 will be awarded to a senior in this program.
“Corey would be so impressed and pleased that someone will be able to continue on each year with a little bit of help,” Kilgore said. “And he was always there to help people.”