2018 Cadet Scholarship Recipients

Jeriah Dimaranan

Jeriah Dimaranan competed in the 2018 Cadet Scholarship Drill Competition in Atlanta, Georgia. She was the 1st place winner in the 173-cadet individual drill knockout, winning $1,500! Jeriah is a cadet in the Mundy's Mills High School Air Force Junior ROTC! 

Eli Lankford

Eli Lankford competed in the 2018 Cadet Scholarship Drill Competition in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the 2nd place winner in the 173-cadet individual drill knockout, winning $1,000! Jeriah is a cadet in the Mundy's Mills High School Air Force Junior ROTC! 

Keith Manson

Keith Manson competed in the 2018 Cadet Scholarship Drill Competition in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the 3rd place winner in the 173-cadet individual drill knockout, winning $500!  Keith is a cadet in the Morrow High School Air Force Junior ROTC! 

Austin Do

 Congratulations to Cadet Austin Do, winner of the Cadet Scholarship Drill Competition at Morrow High School in Morrow, Georgia!


On February 6th, 2018, The SandraFoundation visited with and spoke to 178 cadets at Morrow High School to promote an upcoming Cadet Scholarship Drill Competition and Career Fair. Austin won a mock cadet scholarship drill competition, officiated by the Morrow High School Air Force Junior ROTC Aerospace Science Instructors!


Austin is a freshman and first-year cadet in the Junior ROTC. Congratulations Cadet Do!

Additional Scholarship Recipients:

$300: Ashley Nguyen, Junior, Jonesboro HS

$300: Tuan Tran, Sophomore, Riverdale HS

$300: Chance Washington, Sophomore, Mt. Zion HS

$300: Bianca Abner, Senior, Mundy's Mills HS 

$300: Keith Manson, Sophomore, Morrow HS

$300:  Tashawn Noah, Sophomore, Charles Drew HS

$300: Tia Hall, Junior, Forest Park HS

$300: Brandon Brewer, Junior, North Clayton HS

$300: Abdulmalik Ariyo, Junior, Lovejoy HS

The Professional Pilot Scholarship

Terrell Palmer

Terrell is a graduate of the Airline Career Pilot Program at ATP Flight School in Lawrenceville, Georgia. At ATP Flight School, Terrell began his ab-initio flight training and successfuly became a Commercial licensed pilot! He decided to continue his flight training at All 2 Fly Aviation where he will become a Certificated Flight Instructor. Congratulations to Terrell on this tremendous accomplishment! 

Mary Russell

Mary is a professional pilot student at Freeway Aviation in Washington, DC.
She earned her private pilot license in August, 2015. Since earning her private pilot license, Mary has flown 100+ additional flight hours which puts her in close reach of securing the Commercial Pilot License.


"I am working to become a career airline pilot at United Airlines and someday fly the Boeing 777 like my uncle does" says Mary. "I feel extremely honored and appreciative for receiving The SandraFoundation Professional Pilot Scholarship for 2016. Receiving this scholarship has boosted my confidence and inspiration to realize my dreams of becoming a professional pilot."


The Sandra Blake Memorial Scholarship Foundation is pleased to offer the Professional Pilot to such a deserving student and we wish Mary the best of luck in her future endeavors!

Elizabeth Robertson

Elizabeth is a professional pilot student at Sun Valley Aviation in McAllen, Texas. Elizabeth earned her private pilot license in 2015 and is actively working towards her Commercial Pilot License and Instrument Rating. Aside from her time in the cockpit, Elizabeth serves the community by serving the Civil Air Patrol and also offers remedial mathematics instruction to college students.


"My future in aviation, I see myself owning an aviation school and becoming a Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument Instructor, and Multi-Engine Instructor. The goal is to introduce youth into aviation then guide them through the process of applying to colleges" says Robertson.


The Sandra Blake Memorial Scholarship Foundation is pleased to provide the 2016 Professional Pilot Scholarship to Elizabeth and we wish her unparalleled success!

The Naomi Blake Family Legacy Scholarship

Yonairis Smith

Congratulations to Yonairis for being selected the 2017 Naomi Blake Family Legacy Scholarship! Yonairis was chosen for this scholarship because of her excellent academic grade point average at Northhampton Community College in Pennsylvania. In her own words, she pays tribute to her late great-grandmother, Naomi Blake - "When I think of granny I think of her light grey eyes which smiled at you while she gave a serious look.  Granny was the mother of my grandmother Sandra Blake. She lived in Panama, and I rarely got the chance to see her, anytime I was in Panama her house was my first stop on the list. Granny always found her way to make you smile no matter how low your mood was. Anytime I think of granny, I either picture her on the couch during word search, or in the kitchen with abuela and tia Vilma cooking thanksgiving dinner. These are moments with granny I surely will miss, but I also believe she would want us to continue certain traditions which kept our family whole; like thanksgiving dinner. In grannies name, I believe once a year the family should come together, and do different kind of events. For example BBQ’S, go to theme parks, etc. Even though our family may have some unresolved disagreements,  that should not keep us from one another. If anything, granny would want us to push our  differences aside and just love one another."​  

Mauricio Smith

Mauricio Smith has been named the first ever recipient of the Naomi Blake Family Legacy Scholarship! Mauricio, a graduate of Wilson Area High School in Pennsylvania, earned this scholarship based on demonstrating financial need as well as satisfying the scholarship's academic criteria requirements.


Mauricio is now an undergraduate at La Salle University; his major is in Marketing.The SandraFoundation is pleased to offer this scholarship to Mauricio as he pursues his dream career! 

The 2016 Cadet Scholarship

Pamela Arias

Pamela Arias is a senior at Riverdale High School in Riverdale, Georgia. She is enrolled in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (JROTC) at Riverdale High School where she is actively the Color Guard Commander and Deputy of Operations.


Recently, she competed in the 2016 SandraFoundation Cadet Drill Competition and won the individual knockout drill competition, securing the Cadet Scholarship in the amount of $500. 
Pamela says her dream career is to be a General Surgeon in the Army. She plans to go to college while simultaneously serving in the Army Reserve. She will then pursue a full time military career upon college graduation.


The SandraFoundation is pleased to support Pamela as she pursues her dream career.
Congratulations to Pamela and the Riverdale High School AFJROTC!  

The Sandra Foundation Memorial Scholarship

Michelle Knuth

 Michelle was a student at Dowling College in New York before the college closed. Michelle earned the Sandra Blake Memorial Scholarship at Dowling College in 2009 in the amount of $1,000. During her time in college, her 3.70 grade point average, as well as her community service activities enabled her to earn this scholarship.  


The SandraFoundation is pleased to support Michelle in her goal of obtaining a career in english literature and secondary education!

Sultania Makrides

 Sultania was a student at Dowling College in New York before the college closed. Sultania earned the Sandra Blake Memorial Scholarship at Dowling College in 2009 in the amount of $1,000. During her time in college, her 3.58 grade point average, as well as her participation in the Student Government Association enabled her to earn this scholarship.  


The SandraFoundation is pleased to support Sultania in her goal of obtaining a career in mathematics and secondary education!