Student veteran Kenneth Brons is the inaugural recipient of the Disabled War Veterans Scholarship awarded by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Education Foundation.
Brons, an undergraduate student in the College of Education, was chosen to receive the $2,500 scholarship based on his academic excellence and outstanding leadership. AFCEA scholarships are supported by contributions from employees of Microsoft Corporation, which are in turn matched dollar for dollar by Microsoft.
The scholarship is offered to active-duty service personnel, honorably discharged U.S. military veterans, reservists and National Guard personnel who are disabled because of wounds received during service in Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom Operations. Candidates must be actively pursuing an undergraduate degree.
Brons, who is studying to become a science teacher, was an active duty solider in the Army from February 2002 to November 2004. He was deployed to Iraq where his duties included driving U.S. military tanks. Three weeks into his tour in Iraq he was injured by shrapnel from a bomb blast and returned home to the U.S., Brons says.
He is scheduled to graduate from UNT in May 2012.