Once soldiers, now students
Raytheon, Student Veterans of America award series of scholarships
They’ve already served their country. Now they’re on a new mission: College.
Seven military veterans working toward degrees in fields such as electrical engineering, psychology and computer science, will each receive a $10,000 scholarship from Raytheon and Student Veterans of America. The scholarships are part of Raytheon’s effort to help veterans succeed as civilians through higher education – particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
The awards come from two similar but distinct programs: The Raytheon-SVA scholarship, which is open to all U.S. military veterans, and the Patriot Scholarship, which is offered exclusively to U.S. Army veterans and is named after Raytheon's Patriot Air and Missile Defense System. Both scholarships require applicants to demonstrate leadership and commitment to their communities.
"It's just an amazing group of women and men," said Student Veterans of America President and CEO Jared Lyon. "These folks are our leaders, and that's what made them stand out."
The Raytheon-SVA scholarship recipients are:
- Christopher Johnson of Hollywood, Florida, a former Maryland Army National Guard intelligence analyst and a Bronze Star recipient who now studies information technology at Florida International University;
- Sandra Kjono of Stanford, California, a former U.S. Navy pilot who is now pursuing a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Stanford University;
- Heather Lawrence of Casselberry, Florida, a former U.S. Navy engineering laboratory technician now pursuing a Ph.D. in computer engineering at the University of Central Florida;
- Jason Pinho of Ann Arbor, Michigan, a former fuels specialist for the U.S. Air Force and now an undergraduate student in computer science at the University of Michigan;
- Jacob Reinhold of Austin, Texas, a former U.S. Marine Corps reservist who has served in Afghanistan and is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin
The Patriot Scholarship recipients:
- April Krowel of Indianapolis, Indiana, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq and plans to return to the service as a military psychologist in the Army National Guard. Krowel is pursuing a Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Ball State University.
- Audrey Stewart of New York, a former U.S. Army company commander and brigade logistics officer who has deployed with the Patriot system in both South Korea and the Middle East. She recently earned a master’s degree in management at Columbia Business School in New York.
The scholarships will help recipients cover costs beyond the benefits of the GI Bill. Student veterans are typically older than their classmates, and many have greater financial obligations.
"These are grownups that are going back to school," Lyon said. "Scholarships really do enable students to not have to choose between paying rent, providing child care, putting food on the table or finishing their degree."
The scholarships are part of Raytheon’s $10 million commitment to educational initiatives for military veterans and their families. That effort includes a $5 million partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to create high-tech workshops called Centers of Innovation at club-affiliated Youth Centers on military installations, or at clubs that support military families.
Six Centers of Innovation have opened since the organizations announced the partnership in 2015.
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