BY CANDICE VILLARREAL
OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER SAN DIEGO
A NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) San Diego Sailor was awarded a college scholarship from the Navy League of the United States in Ridgecrest, California, Oct. 26.
Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Thuy Le of the command’s China Lake Code 400 team was presented with the Archie Meyer Memorial Scholarship by the Navy League’s Indian Wells Valley Council.
“I am really thankful that they selected me for this scholarship,” said Le. “This will allow me to take more classes this year than I would have otherwise been able to take, and it will ultimately shorten the time until my graduation.”
Candidates for the scholarship had to be active duty service members at a paygrade of E-6 or below who received a command recommendation and presented strong evidence of continued academic excellence. Transcripts were also required, along with a personal essay demonstrating college-level reasoning and analysis on a Navy or Marine Corps topic. Le’s essay was focused on the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment.
“There is so much opportunity all around you in the Navy; you just have to learn to navigate it all,” she said. “My chain of command brought this scholarship to my attention, and they are always pushing us to better ourselves, both as Sailors and as citizens. Pretty much my entire work center is going to college right now.”
Le currently uses the Navy’s tuition assistance program to attend National University while on active duty. She has maintained a 3.8 grade point average at the institution while working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in public health, which she hopes will open up nursing opportunities with the Navy’s commissioned officer programs in the future.
“She is an outstanding petty officer,” said Senior Chief Logistics Specialist (AW/SW) Randy Fillmore. “She consistently strives to do more than what is required of her, and she’s very goal oriented. She’s forward thinking, always looking five or 10 years down the line, ready to succeed. She’s ready for everything, and she’s a great Sailor. She deserved this scholarship.”
She enlisted in the Navy straight out of high school so she could get an education, gain work experience and travel the world.
“I would do it all over again,” said Le. “I had never been away from home. The Navy has given me a lot of real-life experience most civilians just don’t get, and it’s given me a really great set of skills at the same time.”
The eldest of five children, Le will be the first person in her immediate family to earn a college degree.
“My parents didn’t have the education they wanted because they couldn’t afford it,” said Le. “I grew up in the kind of environment where I was expected to lead my four younger siblings and set a good example, so I feel good about being able to show them there are ways to seek out opportunities and meet your goals. It’s a really awesome feeling.”