Veterans' Scholars
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 American-Australian Veteran Scholarship Fund Scholars 2018

 

 Australia to USA Veterans 
 

Courtney Ames 
AAA - Greg Norman Scholar

Study Focus: Nuclear Engineering                                           Military Rank: Captain

Ms. Courtney Ames served for 12 years in the Australian Army and now intends to pursue a Master of Nuclear Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. 

   

Ben Luther 
AAA - Lendlease Scholar

Study Focus: Complex safety systems                     Military Rank: Squadron Leader

Mr.  Ben Luther served for 22 years in the Royal Australian Air Force and now intends to pursue an Advanced Certificate in Executive Management of Innovation and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to enhance safety for high-risk situations.

   

Michael Addis 

Study Focus: Nursing                                                                    Military Rank: Private

Michael Addis served for 4 years in the Australian Defence Force.  He is currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing at the Australian Catholic University and will undertake a semester of study in the United States emphasizing geriatric nursing for elderly veterans.

 
Christopher Wilson 
AAA - Sentinels of Freedom Scholar

Study Focus: Medicine – PTSD                                   Military Rank: Flight Lieutenant 

Christopher Wilson served for 4 years in the Royal Australian Air Force.  He now intends to study medicine focusing on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and understand US approaches to managing and improving health for veterans in both countries. 
   
Nathan Johnson 
GSJMF - AAA Commemorative Defense Scholar


Study Focus: Electronic and Cyber Warfare                               Military Rank: Major

Nathan Johnson is a 17-year veteran of the Australian Army. Nathan is currently undertaking a PhD looking at the nexus between Electronic and Cyber warfare in at Arizona State University. 

   
 USA to Australia Veterans 
 

Emily Leonard 
AAA - GSJMF Commemorative Defense Scholar

Study Focus: Public Policy – Healthcare                         Military Rank: Petty Officer 

Emily Leonard served for 6 years in the U.S. Navy.  She now intends to pursue a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Management at the University of Melbourne.  Her graduate study will focus on studying the Australian healthcare system as a possible model for improving quality and efficiency of US healthcare. 
   

Marcos Rocha Jr.  

Study Focus: Criminal Justice                                                  Military Rank: Sergeant

Marcos Rocha Jr. served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps for 5 ½ years.  He now intends to pursue a Master’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of New South Wales to identify approaches to reduce recidivism in the criminal justice system. 
   

Sam Greenwood

Study Focus: Business Analytics                                     Military Rank: First Lieutenant

Sam Greenwood served in the United States Marine Corps for 3 years.  He now intends to pursue a Master’s degree in Business Analytics at the University of New South Wales. 

   

Shawn Skinner

Study Focus: Marine Biology & Ecology                                 Military Rank: Sergeant

Shawn Skinner served in the United States Marine Corps for 3 years.  He now intends to pursue a Master’s degree in Sustainability at James Cook University in Queensland with a focus on identifying approaches to improve health and resiliency on coral reefs. 
   

Jeramiah Wegner 
Sentinels of Freedom - AAA Scholar
 
Study Focus: International Development                    Military Rank: Staff Sergeant  

Jeramiah Wegner served in the US Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment for 7 years and had six combat deployments.  He is currently finishing a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Development at Columbia University. After completing his degree in Fall 2018, Jeramiah intends to pursue a Master's Degree in International Development in Australia. 
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