NERA is proud to announce the 2015-2016 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, a big thank you to USAA and NERA members for making these scholarships possible.
$3,000 NERA Scholarship Recipients
Ben was also a 2014 winner and we are very proud to have him representing NERA and USAA again this year. Ben has a 4.0 grade point average and is a second year Chemical Engineering student at the University of South Alabama. He works part time in the lab at BASF and if that isn't enough, he is also an excellent pianist playing for the Dayspring Baptist Church and he plays the cello.
Summer actually received her Magna Cum Laude, AA Degree from Irvine Valley College before she received her high school diploma. She will attend the University of California, San Diego with a double major in Political Science and Economics. She has her eye on a career in the State Department.
$2,500 NERA Scholarship Recipients
Another 2014 NERA winner and a sophomore at Wheaton College in Illinois, Danielle is studying to become a dentist. She has been very active in her community and in her career choice, establishing a Pre-Dental Society at Wheaton College as a sophomore and she is an active member of the American Student Dental Association.
Earning a 3.8 GPA in Astrophysics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on the Space Coast of Florida, Claudia is majoring in Astrophysics. If a 3.8 GPA in rocket-science is not impressive enough, Claudia also aspires to do valuable research about the cosmos and ultimately make a world-changing discovery.
Another 4.0 GPA student, Joshua is studying to be a Mechanical Engineer. He has maintained that 4.0 while taking advanced math classes throughout high school including Honors Calculus and AP Statistics. He will begin classes at Texas A&M University in the fall.
CPO Brittany Shoemaker, U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps has worked hard in the program since she was ten years old. Ranking 41st out of 491 students in her graduating class, Brittany will be entering Saint Leo University this fall majoring in criminal justice. She envisions a career in forensic science.
NERA would like to take this opportunity to wish all 2015-2016 USAA/NERA Scholarship recipients congratulations on their accomplishments. Clearly your future looks bright and we hope these scholarships will help ease the financial burdens of obtaining a higher education. We know you will do great things in the world and we are looking forward to saying we knew you way back when you were just students. Congratulations on a job well done!
The 2015-2016 Scholarship Committee:
Scholarship Chairman: CTRC Ward Wollesen
MCPO Forrest Croom
YNCS Ralph Hensley
PN1 Judith Minkin
YNCS Dwayne Mitchell
LIC David Nelson