Educational Scholarships – New Secretary Announced

Our thanks go to Alex Cooker who after over 20 years as Secretary of the Scholarship Committee has stepped down. Philip Menendez has been named the new Scholarship Committee Secretary. His address is shown below and on the revised Scholarship Application’s. Please note this new address and the submittal deadline for the Annual Educational Scholarship Drawing.

Mail completed application forms to:

Philip Menendez
27110 Jones Loop Rd #17
Punta Gorda, FL 33982

One Application per student - Must be received by June 15

Download and print the Annual Scholarship Application request form.


Two types of Educational Scholarships are available from the National 4th Infantry (IVY) Division Association Scholarship Trust: the E.R. Smith Memorial Scholarship and the Annual Educational Scholarships.

The E.R. Smith Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of Platoon Sergeant Elmenlinda R. Smith, C /2-8thInfantry, posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for action in Vietnam, 16 February 1967.

E. R. Smith Memorial Scholarships - shall be awarded to the child, children, step-children or legally adopted child or children of those soldiers of the Fourth Infantry Division who died while serving with the Fourth Infantry Division in Iraq, Afghanistan and/or the War against Terror. Membership in this Association is not a condition precedent for application for a Memorial Scholarship. Requests for Memorial Scholarships may be submitted at any time annually. Eligibility to receive a Memorial Scholarship ends at age twenty-five (25).

The Annual Educational Scholarships are awarded each year through a drawing held during the National Reunion’s Memorial Banquet or at a time and place designated by the Scholarship committee.

Annual Educational Scholarships - a)  A regular member of this Association in good standing may personally apply for, or may submit an application for, a scholarship for his or her child, children or step-children, legally adopted child or children and/or grandchild, grandchildren or step-grandchildren. b.)  A regular member of this Association in good standing, while a Soldier on active duty, may submit an application for his or her spouse.

A regular member in good standing would include: All persons who, at any time, honorably served in, or who are now serving in, the Fourth Infantry Division or who honorably served in, or who are now serving in units assigned or attached to the Fourth Infantry Division are eligible for regular membership, with your appropriate membership fees paid.

The Scholarship Committee will fund Annual Educational Scholarships from the trust per the Annual Educational Scholarship drawing policy. All eligible E.R. Smith Memorial Scholarships shall be honored from the trust.

The National 4th Infantry (IVY) Division Association established a 501(c)(3) scholarship trust August 29, 1969. The trust agreement sets forth guidelines for a trust to be used exclusively for defraying the cost of education to accredited college, university or vocational/technical schools within the United States. A Scholarship Committee, not to exceed six members, headed by the National President of the Association shall direct the distribution of scholarships. Contributions to the trust are tax deductible; consult your tax advisor for the proper treatment of these donations.

At the time of its creation during the peak of the Vietnam War, the primary focus of the trust was helping with the educational needs of the children of fallen 4ID soldiers. At this the fund was very successful helping many children with thousands of dollars in aid. In 1996, the trust fund had completed all eligible recipients of the Vietnam Era.

Since the completion of the eligible Vietnam era recipients the trust has been organized to award two types of scholarships - E. R. Smith Memorial Scholarship and Annual Educational Scholarships.

Educational Scholarship Notice: By submitting the Application for an Educational Scholarship, you agree to the terms and conditions set forth by the Scholarship Committee.  E. R. Smith Memorial Scholarships and Annual Educational Scholarship awards are exclusively for defraying the cost of education to accredited college, university or vocational/technical schools within the United States. The number and the amount of Scholarships awarded to E. R. Smith Memorial Scholarship recipients and in the Annual Scholarship drawing will be determined by the Scholarship Committee based on the Scholarship Program guidelines and announced in their report at the annual Business Meeting. Applications for Annual Scholarships will not be accepted at the annual reunion. Applications must be mailed to the Secretary of the Scholarship Committee before the June 15 deadline each year using the appropriate form (or photocopy thereof). Consult the Scholarship Committee or the Constitution and Bylaws for a complete list of requirements. 

Download and print the E. R. Smith Memorial Scholarship Application request form.