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Creed Scholarship

SGT Bernard James Creed Memorial Scholarship - $5000

Date Established: 6 August 2015

For: Student Enrolled in Columbus State University ROTC Program

Purpose of the Fund: The purpose of the SGT Bernard James Creed Memorial Scholarship is to provide financial support for Columbus State University student in the ROTC Program. Funds may be used to cover expenses such as tuition, books, and other items necessary for success and progression in the program of study.

Selection Process: PMS will appoint a Selection Committee. Candidates will submit packets to ROTC Department no later than 31 January. Candidates will be notified of date of Selection Committee Interview Board no later than 28 February. Selection Committee will conduct an Interview Board no later than 31 March. Award recipient shall be named by the Selection Board and the candidate notified of award no later than 30 April.

No later than 15 May, Selection Committee Member will notify CSU Financial Aid Office of Award Recipient and provide Student's name, ID number, fund, amount awarded, and the terms the award should be applied to.

Criteria for Selection of Recipients:

  • student enrolled at CSU ROTC program demonstrating financial need
  • submit 1000 word essay describing the academic background and discussing the student's career ambitions and goals
  • possess strong record of extra-curricular activity and/or community service
  • high school transcripts (Entering Freshman)
  • possess GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • ACT Score of 19 or SAT 920 (Entering Freshman)
  • attend Interview Board consisting of CSU Cadre; Uniform for Incoming Cadet/Sophomore: Business Attire; Junior/Senior: ASU
  • Physical Assessment consisting of 2 minutes push-ups, 2 minutes sit-ups, and 2 mile run

Funding Source and Authority:  This fund has been established by COL (RET) Barry P. Creed and is authorized to receive additional funds from any person or organization. Awards totaling $4750 (after account service charge) may be made annually from this fund. 

Previous Recipients:

2017: Cadet Persia S. Tillman

2016: Cadet Samantha J. Miller

2015: Cadet Niesha N. Lynch


James Creed SGT Bernard "Bodie" Creed honorably served our nation as an infantryman in three wars; World War II, serving as a machine gunner with the 121st Infantry Regiment, participating in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe Campaigns; Korea, as a Mortar Platoon Sergeant with the 23d Infantry Regiment participating in the UN defensive, UN offensive, CCF Intervention, first UN Counteroffensive, CCF Spring Offensive, UN Summer-Fall Offensive and Second Korean Winter Campaign, and in Vietnam, as a Weapons Platoon Sergeant with Delta Company, 2d Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division.

Sergeant Bernard James Creed was a distinguished member of the "Greatest Generation". Barely out of high school, Bodie Creed enlisted in the Army, just in time to fight the Axis in Europe. After World War II our Nation called upon him again where he served as an Infantryman in the Korean Conflict. SGT Creed honorably left the service in 1952 only to return in 1961 because being Infantryman was all he knew. In August of 1965, and having just turned 40, Sergeant Bernard "Bodie" Creed was off to war again, serving as a Weapons Platoon Sergeant with Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Sergeant Creed was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor (2d Oak Leaf Cluster) for heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force on 17 November 1965 in the Republic of Vietnam. Sergeant Creed was cited for valor for being instrumental in repelling numerous attacks of an estimated North Vietnamese battalion while engaged in close heavy fighting in the IA Drang Valley. Sergeant Creed repeatedly exposed himself to intense enemy fire until he was mortally wounded. He died along with 155 troopers of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Calvary, 1st Calvary Division in the tall green grass of the IA Drang Valley. On 8 December 1965 Sergeant Creed's body was returned to his family in Columbus, Georgia with his finally resting place at Arlington National Cemetery with all of America's other heroes.