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Randy Van Turner Scholarship Recipient Chosen

Published: January 05, 2016

Christopher M. Bateman is the 2015 recipient of the Randy Van Turner scholarship award; his record of military service and academic endeavors resonate with the intent of the award.  Chris is currently a senior majoring in Biochemistry and Biotechnologies with a 3.73 cumulative GPA.  He is a U.S. Navy submarine veteran, who served aboard the USS Memphis (SSN 691) as a submarine Electronics Technician First Class and nuclear reactor operator.  His naval career was cut short by a medical retirement, precipitated by a major back injury resulting in several corrective surgeries (2002-2009). 

Chris originally joined the U.S. Navy to learn technical skills and to see different parts of the world.  He states, "The Navy taught me a lot about respect for authority and dedication to one's pursuits.  Work ethic is vital to success, and ambition leads to failure without forethought.  All is for nothing if not done honestly."  

His dedication and work ethic are evident. Chris runs and is part-owner of an electronic cigarettes manufacturing business while he pursues his education at Eastern.   The growth of his business will influence his next goal of pursuing graduate studies in biochemistry, pharmacology, and agricultural sciences.  Residents of Spokane, Chris, and his wife, Lacie, are raising their four young children:  Angela (8), Gabriel (7), Pandora (4) and Ellie (2).

Chris will receive a total of $2,340 toward his education through this scholarship.  "I am very grateful and honored to have been selected to receive the Randy Van Turner scholarship", states Chris.  "I promise to continue to work hard and maintain a high GPA, paying homage to the fallen soldier for which the scholarship was named." The Randy Van Turner scholarship was established by a group of EWU Alumni from the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity to honor a founding member of the "Pike" fraternity, Randy Van Turner.   Randy was part of the ROTC while attending EWU; he was commissioned in 1968 into the United States Army.  First Lieutenant Randy Van Turner served in Vietnam and was killed in action September 25, 1969.  He was awarded the Silver Star (posthumously) for his gallantry in action.   Part of the selection criteria for awarding the Randy Van Turner scholarship is that the recipient possesses a minimum 3.0 GPA, and is either a veteran and/or descendant of a EWU Pi Kappa Alpha member. 

Christopher Bateman pictured here with Doug Myers.

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