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Jennifer Hosley

Army veterans who are currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree are eligible to apply for one of two $10,000 “Patriot scholarships.”

Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a business of Raytheon Technologies, and the Student Veterans of America are co-sponsoring the scholarships for the seventh consecutive year.

Named for Raytheon’s Patriot Air and Missile Defense System, the scholarships are awarded “to student veterans demonstrating a commitment to and passion for their chosen field of study, as well as demonstrated leadership and engagement within their community,” according to a Raytheon press release.

Jennifer Hosley, 33, of Greenwood, Arkansas, a 2017 Patriot scholarship recipient, used the money to help pay for her graduate degree.

A native of Southaven, Mississippi, Hosley joined the Army at 18 when she was just out of high school. She worked in Patriot Missile Operations and left the service as a sergeant after five years to pursue her longtime goal of becoming a teacher.

“I’ve always loved education. I’ve always really liked school,” said Hosley, who obtained her education degree at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, financing it with her veteran’s G.I. Bill benefits and by working at the university’s Veterans Resource Office in a work-study program.

The scholarship, along with a college stipend, allowed her to continue her studies and obtain a master’s in educational leadership from Arkansas State University.

Hosley, a sixth-grade literacy teacher at Alma Middle School, hopes to eventually move into administration.

“I realized I might have a calling to help other teachers,” she said. “I’m not ready to leave the classroom just yet.”

Eventually, Hosley said, “I want to be a leader of teachers and not just a leader of students.”

She and her husband, Gene Hosley, also a veteran, have two children, Gabriel Hosley, 19, and Weston Arnett, 13.

To apply for the Patriot scholarship, student veterans must meet the following criteria:

• Entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of undergraduate study, or be enrolled in a graduate program for the current academic year.

• Attending full-time at an accredited four-year college or university.

• Demonstrate a commitment to and passion for their chosen field of study.

• Demonstrate leadership and engagement in their community

• Be a current student veteran (includes members of the National Guard or Reserve), as demonstrated by a DD 214 and current transcript.

• Have received an honorable discharge; must be a veteran in good standing.

The application deadline is Nov. 11 at 11:59 p.m. EST. To apply, or for more information, visit https://studentveterans.org/programs-events/scholarships/raytheon-missiles-defense-patriot-scholarship.

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