GPC Students Win Scholarships from Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Group

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Lorretta Arrington never met her father, since he died in the Vietnam War when she was only nine months old. So, the Duluth resident joined the United States Army and served 16 years to honor him. But she left the armed services, her daughter graduated high school and her extended family lost its business, Arrington found she had too much time on her hands.

“My father was an officer in the Army, and he went to college,” says Arrington, a civil engineering major. “What better way to continue to honor him than by enrolling in Georgia Perimeter College?” She applied for a scholarship during her first year at GPC and crossed her fingers.

Recently, Arrington and two other Georgia Perimeter College students were awarded the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association, Inc., scholarship. Arrington, Kim Harris and Eric Wilson will each receive a portion of $5,000 to be used for educational expenses. The scholarship is for GPC students who are veterans or current member of the armed services.

Harris, of Lithonia, served in the United States Army. The Desert Shield/Desert Storm veteran, said the scholarship is a blessing. “I really appreciate them for helping me fulfill the American dream of getting an education,” said Harris, who comes from a long line of military veterans. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to meet my goal of being a health professional.”

The AVVBA sponsors activities of a patriotic nature among the business community;  recognizes those who served and honor those who gave their lives in the Vietnam War; and promotes the positive image of the Vietnam Veteran, their dependents and the widows and orphans of deceased Vietnam Veterans, said Bryan C.W. Tate, chairman of the organization’s veteran’s scholarship program.

“The AVVBA Veterans Scholarship Program, funded through our foundation, is a way for Vietnam veterans to help the next generation of veterans by assisting in their education so they can better support their families and make a positive contribute to society. We hope that each generation of veterans will follow our example and help the next generation,” Tate said. “The AVVBA chose to partner with GPC because of their existing outreach to Veterans, and the value of quality education they deliver. We are very pleased to provide this assistance to these three outstanding veterans who clearly represent the values of our organization.

For Arrington, the scholarship is a bittersweet reminder of the father she never knew. “It’s ironic that I wanted to honor my father by going to college and am awarded the very first scholarship that I applied for,” she said.  “I am more than honored to win this scholarship. To be surrounded by war heroes in class every day is amazing, but to have the support that this scholarship provides allows me to focus on learning.”

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