A calling to serve
This student veteran is receiving a 2018 Raytheon Patriot scholarship
It started with a visit to the 9/11 memorial on a cold, November day. Alex Davis felt overwhelmed with emotion as she read from the long list of lost lives that was etched in the marble. In that moment, it became clear: Her calling was to serve.
In 2013, Davis joined the U.S. Army in a medical role. At the time, she was a non-US citizen. After completing basic training, she was naturalized.
“The Army provided me many learning opportunities and helped me realize my full potential,” said Davis. “The clinic where I served was so short staffed that I took on both leadership and patient care responsibilities. I was able to help junior soldiers overcome their mental challenges and it was rewarding to experience their positive transformations.”
Her work as an Army behavioral specialist inspired her to pursue a career in psychology. Today, Davis is working towards an M.A. in clinical psychology at Argosy University in Hawaii.
Davis is one of two recipients of the 2018 Raytheon Patriot scholarships. Each year, hundreds of student veterans apply for the award, named for the company’s Patriot Air and Missile Defense System. The $10,000 scholarship is offered exclusively to U.S. Army veterans pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited university.
Davis has plans to return to the Army as a commissioned officer.
“I want to give back to the Army as a provider and help combat veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression,” she said. “It’s what I was meant to do.”
This past summer, Davis joined hundreds of Raytheon employees at the ballpark in Boston's Fenway for the ninth annual “Run to Home Base,” helping to raise money and awareness in support of veterans suffering post-traumatic stress and other invisible wounds of war. The event raised more than $2 million.
“Running is a mental game,” she said. ”"It’s a reminder of my time in the military.”
The Raytheon Patriot Scholarships are part of the company’s larger efforts to support military members, veterans and their families, including a $5 million partnership with Student Veterans of America, the world’s largest peer network of student veterans. Raytheon employees also participate in a wide range of fundraisers and events supporting armed services members and their families. Over the past 12 years, Raytheon employees have given nearly $1.4 million through a donor-advised fund to aid in many charitable organizations like Home Base.
“The Run to Home Base represented a race to the finish line, helping veterans combat their PTSD,” said Davis. “It was beyond rewarding.”