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Navy dependent Charlotte Orren is a patriotic young woman who plans to serve our great nation as an Aerospace Engineer. She envisions more energy-efficient engines, advances in aircraft design, and sub-orbital space flights for commercial passengers. To help make her dreams a reality, Charlotte has applied her $3,000 Folds of Honor Foundation/ThanksUSA scholarship to continue her studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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Though her academic success is clearly her own, Charlotte reports that her father’s career was an influence in choosing her major. Commander Scott Orren, USN (Ret), amassed over 21 years of aeronautical expertise as a naval aviator and engineer. As Charlotte considered college majors, CDR Orren took the time to explain the many facets of engineering and aerodynamics.

Taking a serious interest in airframe design, Charlotte chose to major in aerospace engineering with the goal of working with industry leaders to design advanced airframe technologies for our Armed Services. Now in her sophomore year, she has an impressive GPA, represents her campus through student organizations, and is a student athlete.

Charlotte’s athleticism began with tennis at a very early age. After playing for several years though, she realized that her heart just wasn’t into it. Although she had played an occasional round of golf over the years, she hadn’t really worked on improving her game. By the age of thirteen, Charlotte began to take golf more seriously; developing skills and discipline that would carry over to her academic life. As a member of the Westview High School Girl’s Golf Team, Charlotte earned MVP honors and became a team captain.

When it was time for Charlotte to consider college, she knew that golf would remain an important factor in her post-secondary education.   With the mentoring of Head Coach Maria Lopez, Charlotte has been a member of the Embry-Riddle Eagles Women’s Golf Team since she entered college. Charlotte has a deep respect for her coach noting, “Coach Lopez saw something in me that I’m just now realizing, or seeing, in myself.”

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She has applied Coach Lopez’s patient guidance to every aspect of her life. In learning to remain positive and appreciate her own strengths, Charlotte gained great self esteem. Her newfound confidence challenged her to be more involved with campus activities and volunteerism in the surrounding community.

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Charlotte is a nominated student leader for Campus Outreach, works as a student assistant for Embry-Riddle’s Annual Giving department, and has even sung the National Anthem for Embry-Riddle sporting events! Charlotte is also an enthusiastic supporter of local charities, participating in various 5k runs and LPGA tournaments. Her favorite local event is the annual Thanksgiving Basket Brigade. She is just one of many Volusia County citizens who collect and deliver food and supplies to needy area families. Charlotte adds,Knowing I could be a person’s encouragement that day just by showing kindness blows me away every time.”

Charlotte singing the National Anthem (photo by Antoine Daugny)

Charlotte singing the national anthem (photo by Antoine Daugny)

Without a doubt, Charlotte is making the most of her time at Embry-Riddle. She says, “I am learning so many valuable lessons that I would not be able to learn anywhere else.” ThanksUSA is proud to support earnest military dependents like Charlotte. You can help provide the gift of education to military families by making your tax-deductible donation today.

Charlotte at work as a Student Assistant for Annual Giving Support“I am so thankful for the Folds of Honor Foundation/ThanksUSA scholarship. Growing up in a military family, I sincerely appreciate life as it is given to me, not something that is simply mine. I truly am receiving an education of a lifetime and priceless life lessons. I would sincerely like to thank you again for helping me continue my experience at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and shaping my future to the best it can be!”

— Charlotte Orren

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Khameron Mitchem

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As October draws to a close, so does a month of mid-terms and homecomings. I hope all of our ThanksUSA Scholarship recipients fared well during this hectic month and are continuing to excel in their studies! This week’s featured scholar, Khameron Mitchem, received a $3000 The Boeing Company/ThanksUSA Scholarship to begin his studies of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.
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From a very young age, Khameron was interested in discovering how items were assembled and figuring out how they worked. He began to focus on complicated puzzles and Lego models and eventually graduated to more advanced hobbies like model rockets. Khameron also has a keen interest in space.  He explains, “When I first learned about space in elementary school, it became my dream to one day go into space. It is a dream I still hope to achieve.”  The culmination of childhood dreams and a strong academic foundation led Khameron to study aerospace engineering…a field that may one day allow him to travel beyond our planet.

Khameron’s long-term goals are to pursue a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering and to obtain employment working with propulsion systems in the aerospace industry or a space program. “This is an exciting time of change within the space program with new missions being implemented and new equipment in the planning stages. I am energized at th prospect of being a part of that process,” says Khameron.  With such enthusiasm for his chosen field, I had to ask Khameron about his dream job. He responded, “My dream job would be an engineer on the Starship Enterprise. Since that’s not going to happen, I would love to work on the next generation space shuttle and new ways to get into space.”

Khameron  also wishes to remain active with Boy Scouts of America. Last year, Khameron earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout, a rare honor that only five percent of all Boy Scouts achieve nationwide. Khameron says,  “So much of who I am and what I have accomplished can be attributed to my years as a Boy Scout. I would like to continue volunteering my time to help younger Boy Scouts advance within the ranks.”

Admirable goals, Khameron. I hope that one day you will make it into space!

“I would like to thank everyone involved in making this scholarship available to students. It really does make a difference in our lives by helping us get the education necessary for our futures.” – Khameron Mitchem

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