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The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Columbus (SSN-762) pulls into port at Fleet Activities Yokosuka. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Liam Kennedy/Released)
2014-2015 USAA/NERA Scholarship Announcement
NERA President Geno Koelker has announced the 2014-2015 USAA/NERA Scholarship recipients. The USAA/NERA Scholarship Program recognizes the service and sacrifices made by Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Reserve component members, retirees and their families. These scholarships have been created to honor their excellence. We want to thank the Scholarship Committee for their devoted efforts in finding these distinguished recipients. Also, thank you to USAA and NERA members for making these scholarships possible.
$3,000 NERA Scholarship Recipients
HT3 Peter Mense has spent nine years in the reserves and four years on active duty on board the USS Velta Gulf, CG-72. He is presently attached to the Surgemain Unit stationed at Navy Operational Support Center serving as the Training PO. Mense attends the University of Cincinnati working for his Bachelor's degree in the Fire Science Program and dreams of obtaining a commission in the Navy once he has completed his education.
Diana Shoemaker is a junior at Saint Leo University in Florida. She is pursuing a degree in criminal justice with a specialization in criminalistics. With her degree in hand, Shoemaker plans to join the Navy and enter Navy's Officer Candidate School. Once in the Navy, she hopes to go into the intelligence field or become a part of the Naval Crime Investigative Service. Diana has earned straight "A's" in the first three years of her college career and is a member of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. She was a member of the Naval Sea Cadets for eight years and served in many volunteer leadership positions.
$2,500 NERA Family Member Scholarship Recipients
Benjamin Burleson is maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA while pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of South Alabama. Because of his Chemical Engineering studies, Ben realizes that no matter what you do, you are coming into contact with chemicals. In addition to his strong academics, Ben has been active in volunteer projects such as the American Cancer Society's Walk for a Cure, the Hog Wild Chili Cook Off for Cerebral Palsy and the 26th Annual Alabama Coastal Clean Up.
Danielle Domini is pursuing a career in dentistry. Danielle is currently working alongside dentists in her undergraduate studies at Wheaton College in Illinois. She is specifically interested in becoming an orthodontist. Danielle visited children in orphanages and wants to help these underprivileged children once she becomes an orthodontist. During her high school years, she was very active in volunteering at hospitals, nursery schools and churches in her community.
Emma Porto plans to become a pediatric nurse. Emma experienced much medical attention in her younger years and she believes it is her calling to become a medical professional. She has spent her summers serving as camp counselors, an intern in a pediatric offices, and a kindergarten classroom aid. She has maintained a 3.6 GPA during high school and will attend Drexel University in the fall.
Sam Wisotzki, because of the advanced classes he took in his junior and senior years at Coronado High School near San Diego, has a GPA of 4.80. Sam has kept active on the water polo and swim teams. He was a member of the National Honor Society and the Academic League. He will be attending the University of Vermont in the fall working for a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Congratulations to all USAA/NERA scholarship winners!
The 2014-2015 Scholarship Committee:
Scholarship Chairman: CTRC Ward Wollesen
MCPO Forrest Croom
YNCS Ralph Hensley
PN1 Judith Minkin
YNCS Dwayne Mitchell
LIC David Nelson