COLD SPRING, Ky. — Emily N. Hinton, who has spent a total of 701 hours spanning a four-year period volunteering at the local VA San Diego Healthcare System, has been awarded $7,500 by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) to pursue her goal of becoming a pediatrician.
The 17-year-old is the recipient of DAV’s Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship, which is awarded annually to the top youth volunteers in DAV’s Voluntary Services program. The scholarship is open to volunteers age 21 and younger who have contributed a minimum of 100 hours credited through DAV or DAV Auxiliary.
The scholarship will be recognized at DAV’s 96th National Convention on July 29 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel.
“Emily’s passion for our veterans, other volunteers and the VA staff she interacts with has positive impact on all of those who know her,” said DAV National Voluntary Services Director John Kleindienst.“Emily is well-known and respected by the hospital staff and has proven herself to be generous with her time and has displayed a very strong commitment to those who served.”
“Emily is an remarkable young person with a bright future ahead of her,” said DAV National Adjutant Marc Burgess. “Emily’s service to veterans and her community are proof of her selflessness and generosity. Her dedication and leadership skills are traits I personally admire, and I believe will make her a great pediatrician someday.”
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; providing employment resources to veterans and their families and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a non-profit organization with 1.3 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at www.dav.org.