Albin Irzyk

The Harold and Muriel Berkman Charitable Foundation has established this scholarship in honor of Brigadier General Albin F. Irzyk. Brigadier General Irzyk’s World War II exploits include action at the Battle of the Bulge, where he commanded 74 tanks and 3,500 troops, and was in a tank that was hit by German fire. In April 1945, Irzyk’s battalion liberated the first concentration camp in Germany. After WWII, Irzyk commanded the 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Europe in the 1961 Berlin Crisis. And in the Vietnam War, he led commands in Saigon during the 1968 Tet Offensive.

Irzyk retired from active duty in 1971, with the Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts, as well as the Distinguished Service Medal, three Legions of Merit awards and 11 Air Medals.

Note: If you’ve already filled out a Veteran’s Scholarship application, please do not fill out an additional application.  All eligible applicants in the U.S. Veteran category are automatically considered for the General Albin F. Irzyk Veteran Scholarship as well as the $1,000 Veteran Scholarship.

Award Amount

$2,000 one-time


Application open: May 1 to August 31 yearly
Awardees announced: by November 30 yearly


Scholarships are limited to U.S. Citizens who are matriculating in a university accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

This scholarship is be awarded to an outstanding veteran scholarship applicant. The winner will be selected from veteran scholarship finalists by the review committee.

The Irzyk Veteran scholarship is open to all majors and areas of study.


A Selection Committee of the Foundation will recommend recipients to the Foundation Board based on applications submitted to the Board.