Saint Martin's University announces 2012 America’s Service Heroes Scholarship recipient

November 15, 2012

service heroes scholarship recipient LACEY, WASHINGTON — Staff Sergeant Lindsey M. Kibler of Spanaway, 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.

Kibler is the University’s fourth recipient of the scholarship. A six-year member of the United States Army, Kibler is currently the senior journalist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 7th Infantry Division. In May 2012, she returned from a 10-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While in Afghanistan, she was wounded by an 82mm recoilless rocket round. The impact of the blast, which landed less than 15 feet in front of her, left her with a concussion and a mild traumatic brain injury. Kibler is currently awaiting Human Resources Command approval for her Combat Action Badge and Purple Heart Medal for this incident which would complement her Joint Service Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and Joint Service and Army Achievement Medals, each with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

In April 2012, Kibler was selected among her Army Public Affairs Soldiers peers as the Department of the Army’s 2011 Paul D. Savanuck Military Print Journalist of the Year. She also took first-place honors at the Department of the Army level journalism competition in the commentary category. In November 2010, Kibler attended the Warrior Leader Course, graduating in the top 20 percent of her class of more than 320 soldiers, earning honors and placement on the Commandant’s List. She also graduated with honors from Pierce College in October 2010, with Associate of Arts and Associate of General Technology degrees. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from Saint Martin's University – and as a result of her own experiences in combat as well as observing others during their transition to peacetime environments – is focusing her studies on the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“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 Extended Learning 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. We salute all of America’s Service Heroes.”

Endowed and awarded annually since 2009, the Saint Martin’s University America's Service Heroes Scholarship provides financial assistance to a selected service member to further his or her educational and professional goals through the Saint Martin’s University extended learning campus programs.

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 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 375 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.

For additional information:

Cruz Arroyo
Director, Extension Programs
Saint Martin’s University
253-964-4688; carroyo@stmartin.edu

Sarah Holdener
Director of Community Relations and event management
Office of Marketing and Communications
Saint Martin’s University
360-412-6140; sholdener@stmartin.edu