The Scott Vincent Memorial Scholarship Established at Carl Albert State College
The Scott Vincent Memorial Scholarship has been established at Carl Albert State College by his parents, Royce and Judy Vincent. Scott’s siblings include sisters Kimberly Vincent and Alisha Vincent.
From Bokoshe, Oklahoma, Scott Vincent joined the Marines shortly after high school graduation in 2000. He served his country as a proud Marine. He was assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, his unit was shipped to Afghanistan to secure Kandahar and later served in Iraq. While serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was killed in action on April 30, 2004 at age 21.
“He was in his element, running around with a rifle with a bunch of guys,” said Capt. Brent Bombach, Vincent’s platoon commander in Iraq. “He was definitely at home.” A fellow Marine stated Marine Cpl. Vincent died while acting as a scout, “the eyes and ears for our combat units.”
Over 400 people attended Marine Cpl. Vincent’s funeral at the Bokoshe High School gymnasium. Family and friends remembered Vincent as a young man whose passions included NASCAR, University of Oklahoma athletics and hunting, the latter of which he displayed on his camouflaged sleeves.
The Scott Vincent Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a student who is a LeFlore County High School graduate, who has a minimum grade point average of 3.0, is working toward an associate’s degree at CASC, and has military service or is a family member of a military veteran.
Mandy Roberts, CASC Foundation Director, stated that others may honor Scott with memorial contributions made payable to the CASC Development Foundation, 1507 S. McKenna, Poteau, OK 74953.