Illinois youth earns $10,000 scholarship for service to veterans

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COLD SPRING, Ky. — Mee’Shaunda K. Roddy, who has spent a total of 723 hours spanning a four-year period volunteering at the local Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, has been awarded $10,000 by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) to pursue her future educational goals.

The 18-year-old is the recipient of DAV’s Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship, which is awarded annually to our 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.

“Mee’Shaunda’s enthusiasm to serve veterans is awe-inspiring,” said DAV National Voluntary Services Director John Kleindienst. “This is a young women who routinely gave up her time to voluntarily serve veterans, and displayed tremendous discipline while doing so by maintaining her perfect 4.0 grade-point average.”

“Mee’Shaunda is an amazing young person with no limit to what she is capable of achieving in her future,” said DAV National Adjutant Marc Burgess. “She has displayed a great work ethic while volunteering and in the classroom, as she is a member of the National Honor Society and a mentor to other youth volunteers.”

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; 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.

 

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