Meet Dakota's Scholarship Recepients
School: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Hometown: Richlands, NC
In Memory of 1st Lt Michael Johnson USMC
Marine Parent: Master Sergeant John T. Barber USMC (Ret) served 20 years. His platoon took fire while conducting night operations in Nasiriyah, Iraq. While placing Marines in positions to return fire, Master Sgt Barber received numerous shrapnel wounds. During this incident, there were approximately 13 other Marines injured.
Hayley is anticipating her freshman year at the University of North Carolina, where she will study nursing.
"Like most military families, my life has been shaped by both the absence and the presence of my father, a proud Marine. I hear his stories and know he has sacrificed and like many who have served, he has faced unique challenges including long separations and being wounded, from which he is physically healed but maybe carries scars that we will never see. I know that he and my Mom will continue to encourage me to make my future bright. My decision to further my academic career comes from observing those around me. It gives me motivation to attain a degree and a great job later on in life."