Harrison Elliott ’16 was named the recipient of the 1st Lt. Andrew K. Stern Scholarship and Rowing Award. Elliott (Chicago) was presented the award during a special memorial ceremony Wednesday at the White-DeVries Rowing Center.
The scholarship is given annually to the first-classman/senior on the rowing team who best exemplifies the traits that Stern exhibited: “Dedication, Honesty, Joyfulness, Respect, and Integrity,” according to the criteria.
Stern was killed Sept. 16, 2004, in Fallujah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated while his tank platoon was providing security for an engineering unit. His actions were credited with saving many lives that day. The award and scholarship was first presented in 2006.
Elliott is a four-year member of the Culver Military Academy crew team. He is a member of the Varsity 8 and Varsity 4. He was a member of the Varsity 4 team that rowed at nationals last spring. The son of Tom Elliott and Kathleen Swan, he was introduced to Culver through two years in Woodcraft Camp.
He attended a rowing camp at Princeton University this past summer, and he is hoping to continue rowing at the collegiate level.
Stern is the only Culver alumnus to lose his life in the Global War on Terrorism. A crew shell is named in his memory. A 1998 graduate, he was a four-year cadet in Battery C, and rowed during all four years. He was a captain on the rowing team and the Artillery Battalion commander during his senior year.
He continued to row at the University of Tennessee, where he was captain of the rowing team, an officer of the Inter-Fraternity Council, and a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Because of his experience rowing at Culver, he was coaching the university’s novice teams by his second year, coach Guy Weaser said.