KIP A. JACOBY
The first recipient of "The Kip A. Jacoby Vocational Scholarship" is Timothy Manning (right), a young man who was attending Atlantic Technical Center in Coconut Creek, Florida. Timothy was studying automotive service at ATC.
Timothy has been living on his own since he was 19 and was to complete his automotive service training in October 2006. Holding down a full time job while going to school and keeping up expenses almost caused him to leave the program just two months before graduation.
When Rotary stepped in with its $1000 Vocational Scholarship, Timothy was able to complete the program and graduate.
Kip's memory will live on in Timothy's life.
The Kip A. Jacoby Vocational Scholarship was begun in memory of a wonderful young man who died serving his country. He was A "Night Stalker," a soldier in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.
While ferrying personnel to a battle against militants in eastern Afghanistan, Kip and seven of his comrades were killed on June 28, 2005. Their MH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down during enemy fire.
Kip was born September 2, 1983 in Florida. A native of Pompano Beach, he graduated from Northeast High School in 2002.
His parents, Stephen and Susan, of Pompano, Florida, said of him, Kip believed his choice of service for our country was meaningful and right. He loved what he was doing, he knew the risks, and he was proud to be a soldier fighting so others wouldnt have to. He made us very proud. Those who knew Kip realized that he was unique and a real joy to know. He was smart, gifted, and innovative. He touched all of our lives in ways we can never forget. Even in the face of danger, he showed courage and bravery as well as a keen sense of humor. He honors us all.
The Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale North honors Kip's memory with this scholarship.
Scholarship Committee Chair John Harper,
Marvin Rosenblatt, Jay Mathis,and Sal DeFelice