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Scholarship created to honor Appalachian alumnus killed in action

by Josh Jarman Intern, College of Fine & Applied Arts

Wesley Bauguess has created a scholarship for ROTC students at Appalachian State University in honor of her late husband Larry Bauguess, who was killed in action last May in Pakistan.

The fallen major and operations officer served in the 82nd Airborne Division and is survived by his wife and two daughters, Ryann and Ellie.

After Bauguess’ death, Mrs. Bauguess decided to continue supporting the 82nd Airborne Division. She leads the 82nd Airborne Wounded Airborne Division, where she visits the wounded and shares her appreciation for their service.

Mrs. Bauguess has been active in raising funds to provide break-a-way sweatpants for the wounded and she has been working to deliver other comfort items such as shorts, t-shirts and recently Valentine’s Day cards. She also wanted to honor her late husband by assisting students in Appalachian’s ROTC program.

“Larry and I both absolutely love ASU, and we had the greatest times in the ROTC program,” Bauguess said. It’s a brotherhood and a sisterhood.”

Mrs. Bauguess contacted longtime friend Dan Smith, Appalachian State’s ROTC Alumni president, to help in the effort to honor her husband and his fellow troops.

“I met Larry in 1991, when I was a freshman at ASU and Larry was a junior,” said Smith. “We were both in ROTC. He was always very helpful to cadets learning about the Army like myself. [He] was a great friend and teacher.”

Together they decided to take the necessary steps to create a scholarship in memory of Larry.

The Larry J. Bauguess, Jr. Endowed Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually, starting this fall, to a junior level ROTC cadet who is a peer leader. The applicants must submit an essay addressing why they want to be a United States Army Officer.

“The goal is to raise $10,000 and then the scholarship will be self-sustaining based off the interest that the $10,000 accrues,” Smith explained. “We are encouraging students, friends, family and veterans to contribute.”

Fundraising began this past December and at last check approximately $2,000 has been contributed.

“The ROTC cadets are committing themselves to serving our country, and this is the least we can do for them,” said Mrs. Bauguess.

For more information about the scholarship, contact the director of development at Appalachian’s College of Fine and Applied Arts at (828) 262-6689. To contribute online, visit