Applicants for this scholarship must be a veteran with an Honorable Discharge or a current member of the United States Military and must be admitted for the upcoming year to an accredited law school. The scholarship is based on merit and financial need. The applicant must be admitted for the upcoming academic year to an accredited law school. The applicant must be a veteran with an Honorable Discharge or a current member of the United States Military. The scholarship award is not less than the amount of $1,000.
Upon completion of his active duty service Colonel Battista graduated from Western New England University School of Law. From 1977 until 2013, he practiced law while remaining engaged in his Air Force commitment to flying assignments and middle and senior military management missions. Colonel Battista was dedicated to the organized bar and as a result served as president of the Hampden County Bar Association, a member of its board of directors and an ex officio director. Colonel Battista was an active part of the team that successfully advocated on behalf of aircrews and maintainers who flew and worked on aircraft used to spread Agent Orange. After years of administrative battles and litigation, the Department of Veterans Affairs conceded the legitimacy of the medical claims of these men and women who were diagnosed with so-called Agent Orange presumptive diseases and opened its system of medical care and other benefits to Air Force Reserve colleagues who were exposed at Westover Air Base and other Air Force Reserve bases.