Jeremy PierceAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Bachelor's of Economics and Advanced Studies
Derek EndterAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
Micah KillionAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Music Psychology
Vitalis WekheyeAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Master of Security and Strategic Studies
Samantha AntolickAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Robert MrazAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Carlos HernandezAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Master of Public Health (Nutrition + Psychology)
James KnuppenburgAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Master of Business Administration
James McCullenAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Master of Environmental Engineering
Leslie VanBelkumAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Masters in Cyber Security with a concentration in Cyber Criminology
John GrayAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Law & Public Policy
Natasha FoxAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Personal Training & Rehabilitation
John BathgateAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Public Administration
Tess McGrathAAA - Greg Norman Veteran Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Educational Leadership
Andrew CullenAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Master of Education
Thomas HrdlickaAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Masters of Environment Private Hrdlicka is a 4-year Veteran of the United States Army. He is interested in studying environmental sustainability and intends to undertake a Masters of Environment at the University of Melbourne, commencing in 2020. Upon earning his degree in Australia, Private Hrdlicka would like to work with IGOs/NGOs to affect positive change in environmental policies and technologies, improving and sustaining the overall quality of the urban, rural, and natural environments on the continent. Private Hrdlicka is a member of the Cherokee Seminole tribe.
Kevin LenahanAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Master of Business AdministrationCaptain Lenahan is an 8-year Veteran of the United States Marine Corps.He attends the University of Sydney as a member of the university’s first full-time Master of Business Administration (Leadership and Enterprise) cohort. By learning from his peers and professors’ methods, tactics and techniques, Captain Lenahan hopes to further his philanthropic and entrepreneurial endeavors. While enrolled, he co-founded an NGO out of South Sudan. Upon graduation, his №1 priority is to continue to put others first—taught by his parents, Tom and Theresa Lenahan—a value which was annealed through his honorable service in the U.S. Marines. Whilst in the Marines, Captain Lenahan shot, flied, and supplied: serving as a prior-enlisted officer on active and reserve duty. He earned his associate’s and bachelor’s degrees from Ohio University. During his free time, Captain Lenahan can be spotted enjoying beautiful Australian beaches and wildlife.
John O’HaraAAA-IPL Veterans' Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: International BusinessPetty Officer O’Hara is a 6-year Veteran of the United States Navy. He is currently studying a Bachelor of International Business, minoring in banking and professional accounting at Murdoch University. Petty Officer O’Hara has one year of study left in Australia and upon graduating, he hopes to secure an internship in the US and build a career in politics, specifically foreign affairs.
Jeramiah WegnerAAA - Sentinels of Freedom Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: International DevelopmentJeramiah 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.
Shawn SkinnerAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Marine Biology & Ecology 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.
Sam GreenwoodAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Business Analytics 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.
Marcos Rocha Jr.AAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Criminal JusticeMarcos 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.
Emily LeonardAAA - GSJMF Commemorative Defense Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Public Policy – Healthcare 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.
Samuel EastwoodAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Master of Business AdministrationCorporal Eastwood plans to study a Master of Business Administration at an American university in order to continue his professional and personal development following his transition from soldier to civilian. His goal is to utilize the knowledge and benefits provided by an MBA to develop a strong foundation in international business, from which he can pursue an international business career that will allow him to build on the strengths he has gained from his eight years of service as a soldier, coupled with four years as an Embassy staff member.
Callum NewtonAAA - Greg Norman Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Master of Business AdministrationLt. Newton’s long-term goal is to bridge his 13-year military career experience with business acumen to help grow the Australian defense industry so that Australia may continue to flourish. He sees a symbiotic relationship between the strength and vibrancy of a nation’s economy, and its ability to flourish as a peaceful society, which is the reason he was drawn to study a Master of Business Administration. As part of the MBA program, Lt. Newton will undertake study exchange at either Stern Business School, NYC, or Booth School of Business, Chicago. A key attribute of the American psyche which he is interested in learning more about is the entrepreneurial spirit, as this facilitates the innovation which implementation of the Australian defense industry capability plan calls for.
Nerita LewisAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Master of Business AdministrationFlt Lt. Lewis plans to undertake a Master of Business Administration, at one of the top ten ranked business schools in the US, to support her successful transition from the military. Her goal upon graduation is to return to Australia and work in the Non-Governmental sector, providing support to the Asia-Pacific region. She plans to tailor her degree to the NGO field via elective options, for example: growing social enterprises, strategic innovation, ICT, data mining for business intelligence, competitive strategy and project management. In 2012 Flt Lt. Lewis was the youngest and most junior ranked military member selected to undertake the UN Military Observer Course, training with military personnel from 27 countries.
James ColtheartAAA - Lendlease Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Master of Public Policy Major Coltheart is currently studying a Master of Public Policy at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. As someone who served for 13 years in the military, including at war, Major Coltheart intends to use his study to build his conceptual understanding of conflict and increase his knowledge of functional and regional security issues. His goal is to pursue a career in international security policy where he will use the skills gained to influence international security policy and ensure that the nation’s ‘blood and treasure' are used wisely, for example as a Policy Advisor within the United Nations Peacekeeping Group or Department of Political Affairs, before returning to Australia. His current research interests include the rules-based global order, the utility of force as an instrument of policy and contemporary conflict.
Nathan JohnsonAAA - GSJMF Commemorative Defense Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Electronic and Cyber WarfareNathan 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.
Christopher WilsonAAA - Sentinels of Freedom Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Medicine – PTSDChristopher 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.
Ben LutherAAA - Lendlease Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Complex safety systemsMr. 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.
Courtney AmesAAA - Greg Norman Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Nuclear EngineeringMs. Courtney Ames served for 12 years in the Australian Army as an officer in the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery, which included postings in Brisbane, Canberra and Darwin, and two operational tours in Afghanistan. During her Army career, she also completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Physics and Politics. She is currently pursuing a Master of Nuclear Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, with a focus on nuclear security and radiation detection systems.