■ University Press of Kentucky author David J. Bettez has been named recipient of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation's 2015 Col. Joseph Alexander Award for his book Kentucky Marine: Major General Logan Feland and the Making of the Modern USMC.
The Alexander Award was established to commemorate the life of Col. Joseph H. Alexander, a combat veteran, prominent military historian and notable author of numerous books. It is awarded to those who have written a renowned biographical or autobiographical piece of literature on the life of a Marine. Winners receive a $1,000 cash prize and a medallion, along with a dedicatory, engraved brick that will be placed in Semper Fidelis Memorial Park adjacent to the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va. The award will be presented Saturday at the Heritage Foundation's annual award ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
■ Two Kentucky businesses have been selected as semifinalists for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award: Lexmark International and MiD Inc. in Louisville.
The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense's highest honor for employers who provide extraordinary support to their Guard and Reserve employees. Some 150 companies from all states made the semifinalist list.
Thirty finalists will be announced after a review by a board comprised of military and civilian leaders. Award recipients will be announced in early summer and honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. To learn more, go to Esgr.mil.
■ Erin Williams and Matthew P. Hartwell have received Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps scholarships to attend Eastern Kentucky University. The scholarship entitlements include tuition and fees, an annual book allowance, and a monthly stipend for up to 10 months of each school year the scholarship is in effect. Williams is a 2011 graduate of Ballard High School in Louisville. Hartwell is the brother of Andrew Hartwell of Lexington.
■ Shane D. Riley and David T. Prewitt have enrolled in the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at Eastern Kentucky University. Upon graduation and completion of ROTC Military Science courses at EKU, the cadets will receive a bachelor's degree and a commission of second lieutenant in the Army.
Riley is a 2011 graduate of Henry Clay High School. Prewitt is a 2012 graduate of East Jessamine High School, Nicholasville.