Institutional Scholarship RecipientName: George K.
Military Branch: Air Force
Scholarship Program: Severely Injured Veterans Scholarship
Degree Program: Bachelor of Science in Management
Hometown: Vacaville, California
Graduation Date: November, 2010
George K. enlisted in the Air Force as a Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Technician in 1994. While stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base, Airman Basic George was nominated for the Airman’s Medal for heroism following his response to the fatal crash of an Air Force T-38 into an apartment complex in downtown Wichita Falls. Airman George K. graduated from training at Luke AFB, AZ, in August of 1995 as an Honor Graduate, carrying a 98% average throughout his many months of training. His first station of assignment was Spangdahlem AB, Germany, where he was a member of the 22nd Fighter Squadron. In his three years in Germany, George excelled, garnering many awards including Airman of the Year (1995), Senior Airman Below-the-Zone (1996), General Leo Marquez Award (1997) and several quarterly awards. During a deployment to Balad, Iraq in 2005, George received what would become a career-ending injury, when he ruptured his left Achilles. Despite numerous surgeries and other therapies, the damage was irreparable, and he was left with a permanent disability.
“Receiving this scholarship has been an incredible blessing in my life as well as my family’s life. I had been attending another school prior to my retirement, but was unable to afford to continue after losing my civilian job due to my disability,” explains George. George is attending University of Phoenix through the Severely Injured Veterans Scholarship program. He is currently in the last class of his Bachelor of Science in Management program and plans to continue with a master’s. “After graduation, I plan on continuing on as a Phoenix. I begin my MBA program on November 2nd, with a concentration in Organizational Management. Once I complete this degree, I plan on getting heavily involved in the organization that made my degree possible—Soldiers’ Angels—helping to pay this blessing forward to other injured veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan,” promises George.
George credits his success at University of Phoenix with his experience in the military. “My military experience was helpful with the online format, because I had the discipline to manage my time as though I were attending classes on campus. I had the dedication to do my very best in my course work, just as I had excelled in my military studies,” he explains. George obtained management experience in the military as a Non-Commissioned Officer leading and managing others in austere and challenging conditions. Transitioning into his University of Phoenix learning team was seamless as he easily fit both the roles of team leader and team member.
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