Post written by Ensign Lindsay Cook.
Audrey Gill is your typical 18-year-old high school student. She is an active participant in extra-curricular activities at Snellville, Ga.’s Brookwood High School and thoroughly enjoys language arts. Audrey is also the daughter of Petty Officer First Class Michael Gill who lost his life in a helicopter crash on a search and rescue mission along the coast of California in 1994.
The loss of a shipmate is a solemn event that affects every member of the Coast Guard family. It is also a time when the Coast Guard is at its best supporting those our fallen brother or sister has left behind. Perhaps no one knows that better than Audrey, a 2010 recipient of the Coast Guard Foundation’s Fallen Heroes Scholarship.
With an extremely sweet demeanor, Audrey shared how excited she is to be a recipient of the scholarship, “It’s such a big honor and I wasn’t expecting it at all. My family and I are really excited about it. The scholarship will be really helpful.” She then shared how friends of her family have taken her to Coast Guard bases and how much she enjoys being exposed to the Coast Guard.
Established in 2005 by by John and Delinda Statts in memory of John’s parents, Captain Frederick Statts and his wife, Sara, the Coast Guard Foundation’s Fallen Heroes Scholarship honors the memory of Coast Guardsmen who make the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country. All dependents of fallen service members are eligible for the scholarship upon graduation from high school.
Congratulations to Audrey and best of luck at the University of Georgia!
If you know anyone who may be eligible or would like more information about the Coast Guard Foundation Fallen Heroes Scholarship please contact Mrs. Yvette Wright at (202) 475-5159.