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Ralph Forehand (1932-2022) was a long time IPMS-USA member (member #1592) and he formed many lifelong friendships during his many years with IPMS.

As a former high school dropout, he enrolled in the Air Force and served as a flight line mechanic at Laughlin Airforce Base during the Korean War. During his service, he worked to attain his GED and then after serving he first attained an Associate Radio Engineer degree, and eventually a BS in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech. He strongly believed in the benefits of a higher education.

He served IPMS in several key roles:

  • Historian / Publications Director 1968-1970
  • Update Editor 1968-1971
  • First Vice President 1970-1972
  • Webmaster 1996-2002
  • Named as Life Member 2016

His heirs have created this scholarship fund to give back to the organization that meant so much to him.

  • Scholarships are open to any IPMS-USA member (or child or grandchild of any IPMS-USA member) who is enrolled in an institute of higher learning (including college, university, or trade school).
  • Up to two $500 scholarships will be awarded each year.
  • Applicants required to apply via website (address below). Two short essay questions are require and will be used to determine applicants awarded.
  • Questions regarding the scholarship can be sent to Ralph’s son Michael at mforehand123@gmail.com

Key Dates:

  • December 15, 2023 to March 15, 2024 – Applications Open
  • May 15, 2024 – Winners Selected
  • June 15, 2024 – Winners provide proof of enrollment
  • July 2024 – Winners Awarded at IPMS National Convention

Application Web Site: https://atila.ca/scholarship/ralph-forehand-scholarship-fund-40dtvvq2