Hilliard A. Wilbanks Foundation forms partnership for Corps of Cadets scholarship

Hilliard A. Wilbanks received the highest military accolade, the Medal of Honor, posthumously Jan. 24, 1968, for his valor while flying a reconnaissance mission with the South Vietnamese Ranger Battalion in 1967. His family established the Hilliard A. Wilbanks Foundation and began awarding scholarships to ROTC cadets in 2012. This year, the foundation entered a partnership with UNG to award its annual scholarship to a student enrolled in UNG’s Corps of Cadets.

“Captain Wilbanks and his family are natives of Habersham County, in the heart of UNG’s footprint,” said Phil Collins, development officer for the Corps of Cadets. “It is an honor to host, maintain and steward this scholarship, and we are so pleased that the Wilbanks Foundation chose UNG, which serves as the Military College of Georgia, for this purpose.”

UNG will award its first Capt. Hilliard A. Wilbanks Medal of Honor Memorial Scholarship, designed to support an entry-level cadet for four years, in fall 2019.