Student Spotlight: Seth Straw

The first time Seth Straw walked onto campus at Auburn University and chanted “War Eagle” with other exuberant fans at the Jordan-Hare Stadium, he knew it was the school for him.  During this initial visit, without knowing it, he took the first steps towards following the dream his father died to protect.

Student Spotlight: Sheridan Skurupey

Air National Guard Technical Sergeant Gregory Skurupey died in a plane crash leaving behind his wife and two children.  For his daughter, Sheridan, the biggest challenge has been growing up without her dad.

Student Spotlight: Andrew Mitts

To say that Charles Mitts strongly influenced his young son, Andrew, would be an understatement. Charles was serving in the Army when he lost his life in a helicopter crash. Never one to give up, his father’s service spurred Andrew to also pursue a career in the military.

Student Spotlight: Courtney Montpetit

Two months before her ninth birthday, Courtney Montpetit’s father was killed in action in an accident in Iraq.  She believes her dad would be proud of her for graduating high school and continuing her education.

The Hall Family

Once Kelly died, planning for her children’s educations has been a struggle.  Knowing that there is an organization like Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation that provides financial support to the children of those who have lost a parent in the line of duty is an absolute blessing to her.

Student Spotlight: Calder Felipe

Calder Felipe followed in her dad’s footsteps and attended the United States Air Force Academy. Tragically, Calder lost her dad at only 3-years-old when he died in a B-1 Crash over West, TX. She knows her dad would be proud of her for choosing such a noble path, especially his alma mater. 

Student Spotlight: Hannah Davis

Hannah Davis lost her father in a Black Hawk accident when she was only three years old. His distinguished military career and drive to succeed has influenced her entire life.

Student Spotlight: Kara Phipps

Kara's dad, LCDR Michael Joseph Phipps, M.D., served in the U.S Navy for 14 years, completing an orthopedic residency and a spine surgery fellowship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. When Kara was only 7-years-old, her dad passed away.

Student Spotlight: Johanne Walker

Johanne Walker’s dad, Colonel Cliff Walker, died saving her little brother from drowning on Memorial Day. Her dad’s sacrifice showed her the depth of love and the courage in sacrifice.

Student Spotlight: Natasha Mounsey

Natasha has always known that it was her father's dream for her to go to college; although, her dream would be for him to have walked with her every step of the way.

Student Spotlight: Robert Wilson

Despite tremendous loss in his background, Robert B. Wilson III found happiness by serving in the military, just like both his parents. Having dual military parents made the idea of serving ever present in his mind. He felt that he was honoring his dad when he commissioned in the Army.

Student Spotlight: Paige Garber

Paige Garber’s dad served in the U.S Navy and passed away from a massive heart attack while deployed aboard the USS Eisenhower in the North Arabian Sea. After Garber’s passing, his impact on the lives of others was evident. Over 600 sailors and marines volunteered and lined the street leading to the chapel where his memorial service was held.

Student Spotlight: Katie Zimmermann

Katie Zimmermann’s dad, William J. Zimmermann, served in the Army National Guard and ultimately passed away in a helicopter crash.  Katie was only two years old when he died.

Student Spotlight: Chelsea Briggs

Chelsea Briggs father, Raymond Briggs, served in the Air Force and passed away tragically. Chelsea believes sacrifice means putting your life down, or going out of your way to help and save others. 

Student Spotlight: Johanna Walker

When surviving scholar Johanna Walker steps onto the academic quad in August, she will be taking the first step towards a dream that her father died to protect.

Student Spotlight: Teague Crotty

Teague Crotty became the man of the house at a young age. His father, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Crotty, was proud to serve his country and was willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice.

Student Spotlight: Ryan Hilton

Ryan Hilton was very young when his father LT Lawrence Hilton passed away. While his memories of his father may be faint, his father’s spirit influences his life every day.

Student Spotlight: Katie O'Hare

Katie O’Hare’s father, Raymond O’Hare, passed away while in test pilot school when a T-38 training jet crashed.