Photo of Spc. Nazario Ramirez, the recipient of the 11th America's Service Heroes Scholarship
November 7, 2019

LACEY, Wash. – Spc. Nazario I. Ramirez, a member of the U.S. Army for more than two years, has been chosen by Saint Martin’s University as its 11th recipient of the America's Service Heroes Scholarship. The award was announced Nov. 2 at Saint Martin’s Gala 2019, a major fundraising event for University student scholarships.

The America’s Service Heroes Scholarship was created in partnership with America’s Credit Union to provide financial assistance to service members and their families. “These heroes have sacrificed for our nation’s well-being and security,” says Cruz Arroyo, associate dean for administration at Saint Martin’s University – Joint Base Lewis-McChord Campuses. “The foremost wish of the scholarship’s founders and supporters was to provide support to the defenders of our nation while they pursued their higher education goals,” he said. “It was also their desire to provide financial relief and support to all of America’s Service Heroes serving around the globe.”

Ramirez is originally from Culver City, California. He currently serves as a communications line repair, forward signal support non-commissioned officer with HHC, Apache Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment.

He joined the Army in February 2017, attended basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and went on to advanced infantry training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. At Fort Gordon, he began his transition to becoming a signal support systems specialist.

During his brief tenure in the Army, Ramirez has been assigned to the 23rd Infantry Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, serving as an assistant gunner, battalion commander radiotelephone operator, retransmission team member and currently as a forward signal support noncommissioned officer. While at his present assignment with Apache Company, 23rd Infantry Regiment, Ramirez has been part of a couple training rotations, including at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, and Camp Roberts Army Base, in Monterey, California. He also participated in a deployment to Tiger Balm 2019, which was a unit rotation to Singapore.

Ramirez’s short-term goal is to graduate from Saint Martin’s University with a criminology and criminal justice degree, and become eligible to attend the U.S. Army’s Green to Gold officer commissioning program. His long-term goal is to someday become a police officer and continue in service to his chosen community after concluding his service with the U.S. Army.  

He has been awarded an Army Achievement Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Medal, and an Army Service Ribbon. In addition, Ramirez has attended numerous Army Service schools and a Stryker Leadership course.

He is married to Tanya Ramirez and is the father to two young boys: Emiliano Nazario and Christopher David. He graduated from Culver City High School in June 2013, and attended the University of Nevada, Reno, from 2013 to 2015, completing 59 semester hours. He also attended Santa Monica College for one semester, completing six additional semester hours.

He is a criminology and criminal justice major at Saint Martin’s University and possesses a 3.42 grade point average.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 13 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 29 majors, 11 graduate programs and five certificate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

For additional information:

Cruz Arroyo
Associate Dean for Administration
Saint Martin’s University – Joint Base Lewis-McChord Campuses

Kevin Hyde
Media Relations Manager