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Niagara disc golf tourney raises $1,500 for vets scholarship fund

LEWISTON – The Niagara University Student Veterans Organization raised more than $1,500 during its fourth annual Memorial Day Disc Golf Tournament late last month at the Beaver Island State Park Golf Course.

Forty players participated in the tournament held May 30 and the proceeds bring the total to more than $10,000 raised from the event since it was established in 2013. All funds benefit the CSM Fred Kirtchen ’80 Memorial Veterans Scholarship, which assists returning military veterans who are attending Niagara. With another contribution from the organization forthcoming, the scholarship will soon meet the threshold to be fully endowed.

Sgt. Maj. Kirtchen graduated from Niagara in 1980 while assigned as an instructor in the department of military science. During his military career, he was decorated for valor in Vietnam. He continued his education after retiring from the Army and maintained a close relationship with military alumni. In 2010, he was posthumously inducted into Niagara’s Military and ROTC Hall of Fame.

To learn more about the benefits that NU offers to military veterans, contact Robert Healy, director of veteran services, at 286-8341 or