Sixth grade teacher Jennifer Hosley was troubled when the coronavirus pandemic closed the doors on the school where she taught in Alma, Arkansas.
"It was devastating to feel like we had abandoned them (the students), but we didn’t have a choice," Hosley said.
As a U.S. Army veteran and wife of one, she knows this feeling well.
"This is what it feels like every single time there was a deployment—every single time," said Hosley, a former Patriot air and missile defense system operator in the Army. "When the deployment orders come, you go. You just figure out how to stay close to those that you love while doing your job because that’s your responsibility."
Hosley finished the school year teaching virtually and started studying for an online master’s degree in educational leadership at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
In 2017, she received a Raytheon Missiles & Defense Patriot scholarship offered exclusively to Army veterans pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. Recipients must demonstrate passion for their field of study as well as leadership in their local community.
"The scholarship helps provide financial stability for veterans like Jennifer who are pursuing higher education while working and raising a family," said Sam Sullivan, who leads community relations for Raytheon Missiles & Defense, one of four businesses that form Raytheon Technologies.
The company is partnering with the Student Veterans of America, or SVA, to provide two $10,000 scholarships in 2020 and is accepting applications through Sept. 16. To apply, visit the SVA website.