CHARLESTON, S.C., Dec. 5--An endowment from an Oregon couple has been established at The Citadel to support special academic opportunities for cadets pursuing competitive post-graduate scholarships.
The gift of $500,000 was made by Mr. and Mrs. Edward K. Cleveland in honor of their son, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Edward Y. Cleveland, who was graduated from the military college in 1956.
Citadel President Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds was very enthusiastic about the gift saying, "The endowment will play a major role in the success of the young men and women in the Corps of Cadets pursuing prestigious postgraduate scholarships. The Cleveland's generosity will provide our cadets invaluable opportunities to study abroad, participate in special academic seminars, and perform volunteer work experiences that will add immensely to their probability of success in the intense competition for highly prized scholarships."
Edward Cleveland was a member of the Calliopean Literary Society during his junior and senior years at The Citadel. A business administration major, he was enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program. As a senior, he held the rank of cadet lieutenant within the Corps of Cadets and he was a member of the Summerall Guards-the elite precision drill platoon.
Cleveland graduated from The Citadel in September 1956 with a bachelor of science in commerce and he began a career in the U. S. Air Force shortly thereafter. As a captain stationed in Thailand in June 1968, he successfully completed important missions under hazardous conditions and he was awarded the Air Medal for outstanding airmanship and courage. He was a pilot of the F-105 Thunderchief at the Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base, and two months later in North Vietnam, still a captain in the Air Force, he piloted his 100th and final combat mission.