Two rowers will share the 1st Lt. Andrew K. Stern Scholarship and Rowing Award. Senior Molly Kubaszyk (LaPorte, Indiana) and first classman Dylan Lewandowski (Knox, Indiana) were presented the award during a special ceremony Saturday, Sept. 16, at the White-DeVries Rowing Center.
The scholarship is given annually to the senior on the rowing team who best exemplifies the traits that Stern exhibited: “Dedication, Honesty, Joyfulness, Respect, and Integrity,” according to the criteria. The ceremony is conducted every September 16th and concludes with a walk to the Legion Memorial Building, where Taps is played.
Kubaszyk is a three-year member of the rowing team and Lewandowski is starting his fourth year.
Stern died as a Marine serving in Fallujah, Iraq, on Sept. 16, 2004, and was the inspiration for the rowing award, which was initiated in the fall of 2006. A crew shell is also 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 tri-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. By his second year, he was coaching novice teams at the university.
Stern was serving as the platoon commander of the Third Platoon, Company B, 1st Tank Battalion. To date, he is the only Culver alumnus to lose his life in the Global War on Terror. He was 24. He is remembered with a Gold Star Flag.