Yesenia Vasquez Perez is the recipient of the first Wimberley Military Service Scholarship from the Tennessee Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Chickamauga Chapter’s Americanism Chairman Edi Seals assisted with the scholarship application.
The $1,000 award is granted to an Active Duty, Retired or Honorably Discharged Veteran, Reserve, or Retired Reserve from any U.S. Armed Forces Branch or National Guard who wishes to continue their education or receive additional professional training in their field. A DAR Chapter must sponsor the applicant who must also be a U.S. citizen and a current resident of Tennessee or attending a Tennessee school or trade program.
Announcement of the scholarship to Ms. Perez was made at the recent Tennessee Daughters of the American Revolution State Conference. The scholarship check was presented to Ms. Perez by Chickamauga Chapter Regent Gayle Burrows at the May Chickamauga Chapter NSDAR meeting.
Ms. Perez is a first-generation American citizen who graduated from Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy and enlisted in the National Guard to give back to her country. She is pursuing her education at Chattanooga State.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a women’s service organization whose members can trace their lineage to an individual who contributed to securing American independence during the Revolutionary War. Today’s DAR is dynamic and diverse, with over 185,000 members in 3,000 chapters in the United States and abroad. DAR members annually provide millions of hours of volunteer service to their local communities across the country and world. DAR chapters participate in projects to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Over one million members have joined the organization since its founding in 1890.