Northport, N.Y., Youth Wins Top DAV Scholarship

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WASHINGTON –  Max Freeman of Northport, N.Y., seeks a life contributing to injured and ill veterans by helping to save the lives of service members through advance computer technologies and devoting his time and talents to veterans.

The 17-year-old recipient of DAV’s top Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship, hopes to use the $20,000 scholarship to study computer science at George Mason University in suburban Washington, D.C., to advance his goals.  The scholarship will be presented at DAV’s 92nd National Convention Aug. 10-13 at the Hilton Orlando Hotel in Orland, Fla.

Freeman has volunteered at the Northport, N.Y., VA medical center for five years and accumulated 1,200 hours assisting veterans.  “Max has helped homeless veterans find homes, apply for jobs, and he set up accessible personal computers for nursing home residents,” said National Director of Voluntary Services Ron Minter.  “Using his musical skills, he has entertained nursing home residents and worked on numerous special projects, including creating a music data base for surgeons while they perform surgery.”

“Max is an outstanding young man,” said DAV National Adjutant Marc Burgess.  “He is a five-time gold recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his contributions on behalf of veterans at the Northport VA medical center.  He’s also an academic honor student.”

Other scholarship winners include:

Jonah Drapeau, Garden City, Mich. – $15,000

Michelle Wu, San Francisco, Calif. – $10,000

Joseph Guggemos, Danville, Ill. – $7,500

April Ritzer, Waite Park, Minn. – $7,500

Amanda Perez, Trumbull, Conn. – $5,000

Samantha Stamey, Cincinnati, Ohio – $5,000

Jeralyn Westercamp, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, $5,000


About DAV

DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.  It is dedicated to a single purpose; fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served.  DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.  DAV, a non-profit organization with 1.2 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932.  Learn more at