My son's Robotic's Team is blessed to have Ervin Schoolfield as a Mentor to Red Nation Robotics Team #4576. He has worked with the kid's after school in the lab, hours each week as a part of our Robotic's Family.
We have sponsored the team since 2016 with our on-line business WALLPRAISE.COM
We have been so moved by Ervin's dedication to Red Nation Robotics, and his strength and determination as a neighbor and friend, that we have decided to start a scholarship in his name. The Ervin Schoolfield Scholarship will be an annual, merit based competition, that focuses on rewarding ambitious, driven, goal-oriented individuals with a background of consistent Team #4576 involvement and community service.
We started raising funds in 2017, and have a goal to raise enough funds to support the Scholarship over the next 4 years. $3,000 each year.
Ervin is an Air Force veteran, with years of service, and active duty. He helped launch the Air Force's first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program, the RQ-1 Predator. He has been deployed to seven combat tours including Operation Joint Forge, Operation Allied Force, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving as a weapon system operator, instructor, evaluator, and supervisor.
Ervin is married to Monica whom he met in the Air force. They have two children, Adam and Sydney who are both part of the Robotics Program.
A few months ago, Ervin told us about his battle with cancer- "On December 22, 2016 I found out I had small cell carcinoma of the larynx. I went through months of chemotherapy and a grueling 33 sessions of radiation treatment that left me unable to swallow foods for what will turn out to be the rest of my life."
"On July 14, 2017 I found out that this aggressive type of cancer had spread before we could get it all out. I now have a 2cm tumor on my liver and there’s very little they can do to stop it. "
"In October, 2017- We attempted immunotherapy, but it was ineffective. The cancer has spread to my chest, lungs, and doubled in size in my liver. It’s also showing back up in my neck. This leaves me with the last resort chemo treatment and a significantly reduced timeline"
Our hope is to honor Ervin through a scholarship that will be used to help our Robotics Team #4576 reach their collegiate dreams. All of your donations will go directly toward that cause.
Ervin with his son Adam working on the Competition Robot.
From Ervin “ The Robotics Program has been a blessing to my family. It’s helped my son and daughter by teaching them how to work on a team and tackle complex projects. I was shocked by the level of sophistication in the program and the fact that it’s nearly 100% student run. Mentors guide the team but, the students market, design, build, and program the robot on their own. As a former hiring manager for a highly technical field, these kids are learning skills that will make them valuable to a company right away. They’re learning college-level engineering. This is a program in which every parent wants their child involved. It’s been a true honor to be one of their parent mentors.”
Help WALLPRAISE.COM create a legacy in honor of a brave, courageous man- Ervin Schoolfield.