About Past Scholars
2019-2020 Willcher Scholars
Austin Burch '22

Austin Burch is attending the University of Maryland this fall after serving a six year enlistment in the Air Force. He worked as an aerospace maintainer while he was in the military and enjoyed learning all the moving parts in how an aircraft operates. During his free time he taught himself how to code and has taken a passion to programming. His goal is to get a B.S. in Computer Science with plans to graduate in 2022. When Austin isn’t not coding, his other hobbies are running, exploring the local restaurant scene and reading.


Kevin Kupski

Kevin Kupski is from Dracut, Massachusetts. At the age of 23 he joined the United States Marine Corps and served for six and a half years. His first duty station was Marine Corps Air Station Futenma where he worked as a Navigational aids technician in the air traffic control maintenance division. Following this assignment, he served as a Marine Corps embassy security guard in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo; and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Kevin is now working to complete his Bachelor’s degrees in economics and geographical information systems and hopes to work in for the State Department upon completion.


2018-2019 Willcher Scholars
Melissa Zachery

Melissa Zachery served 5 years in the Navy in support of Operation New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. She is currently drilling out of NOSC Washington DC, Navy Reserves. She will graduate in Spring 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, specializing in Physiology and Neurobiology. She hopes to be accepted into Dental school, and eventually return to active duty as a commissioned officer. She is a mother to 10-year-old Abbigail and 6-year-old Gabriel and wife to Miguel who also serves in the Navy on active duty at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.


Jeremy Westerwiller '19

Jeremy Westerwiller was born and raised in a small town outside Columbus, Ohio as the second child of four and the only boy. At 22 he decided to join the Army. This opportunity led him to the Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) field and to North Carolina. After serving for 6 years, he decided that he wanted to better himself and push towards being the first person in his family to earn a Bachelor’s degree so he decided to come to attend the University of Maryland with the goal of receiving a degree in Aerospace Engineering.





2017-2018 Willcher Scholars
Lindsay Clark '18

Lindsay Clark served almost five years in the US Army and is currently a senior majoring in Biological Sciences with the dream of attending medical school. A self-professed Army brat, Lindsay will combine her interest in the intersecting fields of health and environmental justice and hopes to one day work in the infectious disease area. "I want to be part of a positive solution in helping to improve the lives of people both in this country and around the world who face obstacles beyond their control, especially those based in economic inequality."

Jeremy Westerwiller '19

2016-2017 Willcher Scholars
Jennell Goodall '17
Jennell Goodall

Jennell is working on her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Services with the goal of studying to become a nurse. She served 5 years in the U.S. Air Force where she developed a passion for nursing and received training as a Medical Technician. As a medic in the National Guard, she has spent months of training in the Emergency Room and has seen how important having a trained and caring professional can be in helping people through medical emergencies.

Igor Neves '18
Igor Neves

Igor is a veteran of the U.S. Marines having served 5 years with 5 deployments (Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Japan and Russia). He was serving in Afghanistan when Osama Bin Laden was killed and witnessed the troops leaving Iraq while he stayed back with 22 other Marines. Igor is working on his Bachelor’s degree in International History and one day would like to work for the State Department. He currently works as an outreach consultant for a nonprofit that works to improve the lives of those less fortunate.

Randy Aird '17
Randy Aird

Randy served for 11 years in the Marine Corps and earned several honors including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a team leader for Embassy Security in Amman, Jordan; Cairo, Egypt; and Athens, Greece. He also served as a security specialist in Ecuador and as a case manager at the Naval Medical Center. Working to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Ecological Science and Technology, Randy is also very involved in TerpVets and Terrafins (Scuba Club). Married with two young children, Randy also volunteers for The Mission Continues.


2015-2016 Willcher Scholars
Jennell McDonald '17
Igor Neves '18
Randy Aird '17

2014-2015 Willcher Scholars
Marianna Teixeira ’15 Army
Aaron Anderson ’15 Army
Michael Gannon ’16 Marine Corps

2013-2014 Willcher Scholars
Brandon Yund '14
Michael Montoya '14
Ben Groce '13

2012-2013 Willcher Scholars
Natalie Jones
Michael Montoya

2011-2012 Willcher Scholars
Michael Montoya
Henry Carbajales

2010-2011 Willcher Scholars
William Mize
Taylor Mitchell

2009-2010 Willcher Scholars
Ryan Baker
Antonieta Rico

2008-2009 Willcher Scholars
Juliann Mathews
Dan Hardisty

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