Quiles receives America’s Service Heroes Scholarship from Saint Martin’s
November 17, 2011
Lacey, Washington — Sergeant First Class Benjamin E. Quiles of Olympia, Washington,
has been named the recipient of the Saint Martin’s University America’s Service Heroes
Scholarship. The award is given in memory of the many service members who have attended
Saint Martin’s University in times of conflict and during peacetime.
Quiles is the University’s third recipient of the scholarship. He is a Wounded Warrior
assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion stationed on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A
13-year member of the United States Army, Quiles has served in multiple military leadership
positions, from frontline platoon sergeant supporting combat operations to noncommissioned
officer in charge of the Warrior Transition Clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center.
Between 2007 and 2008, Quiles was twice wounded by Improvised Explosive Device explosions,
sustaining severe injuries while deployed to Iraq. His actions in support of Operation
Enduring Freedom earned him one Purple Heart and a recommendation for a second, adding to a
Legion of Merit Medal, two Army Meritorious Service Medals and several other awards Quiles
holds. Today, as a member of the Warrior Transition Battalion, he continues his selfless
service to his fellow Wounded Warriors and is instrumental in the support network provided to
the most vulnerable of our returning soldiers.
Quiles, who began his studies at Saint Martin’s in October, is taking academic courses at
the University’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord extension campus. He is pursuing criminal justice
and psychology degrees and focusing on the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, drawing
from his own experiences and observations of others in combat and during transition to
peacetime environments. Quiles is expected to graduate in December 2013.
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, according to Cruz Arroyo, Saint Martin’s 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,
” says Arroyo. “We salute all of America’s service heroes.”
Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, 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 14 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 extension campuses located at
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit
the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.
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