Jay Willard, a United States Marine Corps veteran and student in the Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology program, has returned to Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus to continue his education after overcoming injury, illness and adversity.
After retiring from a 19-year U.S. Air Force career spent working on the electronics systems of intercontinental ballistic missiles, Wallace Frost Jr. enrolled at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus to become something he had long wanted: a petroleum engineer. Little did the Uniontown native know that enrolling at the Fayette campus would bring him several other things he desired: love, marriage, and fatherhood.
Lauren and Esteban Esteban fell in love three years ago while serving in the Army as Stryker combat vehicle mechanics in Washington. After leaving the military in 2016, the couple and their two young girls moved to Lauren’s native southwestern Pennsylvania and immediately started working on their civilian future.
Army veteran Daniel Sparks was living the good life during the nation’s oil and gas boom but found himself laid off last November, with no prospects for work. The father of three felt that his leadership experience from the military would appeal to some employers, but he knew that his job prospects were diminished without a college degree. Less than a year later, Sparks has blossomed into a full-fledged college student who is active at Penn State's Fayette campus, in particular with the Student Veterans Association.
Across Penn State’s campuses, students volunteer individually and as organizations to honor and support our nation’s military service members, during Penn State’s Military Appreciation Week and throughout the year.