Saint Martin's University announces America’s Service Heroes Scholarship recipient

November 9, 2009

Lacey, Washington — On Saturday, November 7, Saint Martin's University announced 1SG John Blue as the first recipient of the America's Service Heroes Scholarship at the annual President’s Gala, an important fundraiser for the University’s student scholarships. The event, held at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Washington, included over 370 attendees.

1SG Blue, presently performing as the Commandant of the Fort Lewis Warrior Training Academy, has served in multiple duty positions during his 19 years of service as a member of the United States Army. He has deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his first deployment to Iraq he served as a Stryker Platoon Sergeant where he conducted daily patrols reacting to multiple threats with multi-national task force teams.

On January 27, 2007, during his second deployment to Iraq, 1SG Blue was injured by an explosively formed projectile resulting in the loss of his right leg below the knee. He underwent eight months of hospitalization and physical therapy. During his time as a member of the Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion at Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Blue realized the importance of a post-secondary education and began to plan earnestly for a degree in business administration with Saint Martin’s University. Blue has continued to enroll in Saint Martin’s courses and at the end of December 2009, he will be within 22 credits of degree completion.

“The America’s Service Heroes Scholarship was created to provide financial assistance to those service members and their families who have sacrificed for our nation’s well-being and security," said Cruz Arroyo, Director of Extension Campuses. “The ability to provide financial relief to the defenders of our culture and heritage through pursuit of higher education was the motivating force of the scholarship’s founders and supporters.”

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base, Olympic College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:

Cruz Arroyo
Director Extension Programs
Saint Martin’s University

Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of Communications & Marketing
Saint Martin’s University