The Stewart Family Scholarship was endowed by the late Cdr. M. John Stewart, USCG, Retired, in 2007 in memory of his wife, Lillian I. Stewart, and his son, George Edward Stewart.
The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an RTCA senior who has participated in the arts since both Mrs. Stewart and Mr. Stewart were artists.
Cdr. Stewart was a member of the Greatest Generation. He graduated from high school at 17 and by the time he was 18 had served in the Pacific for 7 months. His Navy ship engaged in many battles with the Japanese and survived several kamikaze attacks. After 3 years at war, Cdr. Stewart returned home and hoped to attend college and become a teacher and coach. While waiting for a place in a college he was given the opportunity to enlist in the United States Coast Guard where he worked hard to rise through the enlisted ranks eventually becoming an officer. The biggest regret of his life was not being able to obtain a college degree and was excited to endow this scholarship to help others in this small way to obtain their degree.
Cdr. & Mrs. Stewart are the parents of longtime RTCA librarian, Mrs. Judy Stewart Grantham.
Cdr. & Mrs. Stewart are interned in Arlington National Cemetery. The Stewart Family Scholarship is awarded to Christa Fields. Christa is the daughter of Cynthia Morris and Shannon Fields. Christa plans to attend Savannah College of Art and Design and major in Graphic Design and minor in Computer Gaming Animation. Congratulations Christa! We are proud of you!