About Past Scholars
2018-2019 First Command Scholar
Aaron Munoz-Seiler '19 Marine Corps

Aaron Munez-Seiller is an active leader in TerpVets and is an eight year veteran of the US Marine Corps. Aaron always knew he wanted to serve and after reading Citizen Soldier by Stephen Ambrose, he was inspired by the brave acts of soldiers in WWII. They became his role models. He joined the JROTC in high school and fell in love with the Marine Corps. Aaron is working on double degrees in Criminology and Kinesiology and he hopes to one day join the FBI as a Special Agent.

2017-2018 First Command Scholar
Aaron Munoz-Seiler '19 Marine Corps

2016-2017 First Command Scholar
Victoria Elliott

Victoria L. Elliott is from Columbia, South Carolina and a U.S. Navy Combat Veteran. She served roughly seven years on active duty and deployed three times. She has traveled to 16 different countries and provided hands-on patient care: (1) in the Intensive Care Unit at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Guam; (2) aero-medically to the victims of the USS Frank Cable’s boiler explosion; (3) to high-profile detainees in GTMO; and (4) to Haiti’s earthquake victims. While in Kuwait, she transported personnel during convoy missions.

Appointed as a 2015 Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), Victoria is training to become a future government leader in health care policy. Her parent PMF agency is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She recently finished her first developmental rotation, of six months, at the Congressional Research Service (CRS). While at CRS, Victoria studied Veterans’ Health and assisted with the publishing of four CRS reports.

Victoria is pursuing a Ph.D. in Health Services at the University of Maryland-College Park. She holds a Master of Healthcare Administration in Health Systems Management with a concentration in Risk Management and Patient Safety, as well as, Health Policy Certificate from George Mason University. Her B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance is from Liberty University.

2015-2016 First Command Scholar
Matthew R. Burke

Growing up in Maryland, I was an active child, both in and out of the classroom with an innate sense of curiosity and adventure. Part of this is what led me to join the United States Army where I served on active duty for five years. As a Field Artillery officer, I received my training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and then was stationed at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska.

My time in the military has afforded me many opportunities that I would otherwise not have been able to do. As a leader and a learner, I am patient, understanding, and willing to try new things. I was also fortunate to have the experience of living in Alaska and deploying to Kandahar, Afghanistan, which gave me the opportunity to become an effective communicator in adverse and stressful situations.

After leaving the military, I bought a one-way ticket to Bogotá, Colombia and began to fulfill my dream of traveling through South America. Almost a year later, I felt the urge to come back home where I began researching the process of becoming a teacher. From the days of coaching a local swim team in college to my time as a volunteer with the Literacy Council of Alaska, I knew teaching was for me. I am community oriented, intrinsically motivated, and excited to start a new journey as an elementary school teacher.

2014-2016 First Command Scholar
Todd Waters '15 Air Force


Todd is in his senior year and will graduate in May with a Bachelor’s in Cell Biology and Genetics. He is an eight year veteran of the Air Force where he served as a Chinese Mandarin linguist. A native of Florida, Todd comes from a long line of military family members including both of Todd’s parents and his grandfather. Todd is currently looking at continuing his education with a Master’s degree in Toxicology or Entomology. He works as a research assistant in Bee Informed Partnership’s lab here in College Park helping to save the honey bees!

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