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The American Military Partner Association (AMPA), the nation’s largest organization of LGBTQ military spouses, families, and allies, is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2018 AMPA Military Spouse Scholarship, presented by Hilton.

AMPA is committed to education, advocacy, and support for our modern military spouses and their families, and our scholarship is a key tool in our mission to support those who are often overlooked and under appreciated. These five incredible military spouses were selected by an impartial committee based on their commitment to LGBTQ equality and community service.

Laura McVeigh

Laura McVeigh

U.S. Marine Military Spouse, University of Missouri

Laura is pursuing a Masters in Library Science. As a youth service librarian, she wants to develop programming for young people and create an environment where they are able to access ideas and information beyond what their families may provide them.

Shaunna Harris-Snyder

Shaunna Harris-Snyder

U.S. Marine Military Spouse, Grand Canyon University

Shaunna is pursuing a bachelors degree in business administration. A believer that acts of kindness help the world go round, she hopes to use her business degree to help non-profit organizations make a difference in the lives of those in need.

Joanna Nicoletti

Joanna Nicoletti

U.S. Army Military Spouse, Northeastern University

Joanna is pursuing a Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations. She wants to work with nonprofit organizations, specifically within larger and international NGOs that focus on human rights on a global scale.

Kendall Loyer

Kendall Loyer

U.S. Navy Military Spouse, University of California, Riverside

Kendall is pursuing her PhD in critical dance studies. As an educator, she aims to make a direct difference in the lives of her students, colleagues, and in academic structures as a whole by shifting paradigms and creating a world that is more aware and educated to meet the specific needs of LGBTQ+ students.

Kulia Petzoldt

Kulia Petzoldt

U.S. Navy Military Spouse, George Washington University Law School

Kulia is pursuing her law degree to make a difference in the lives of veterans and military families. Currently working with the National Veterans Legal Services Program, she plans to continue her advocacy in the D.C. area, and is currently seeking post-graduate opportunities in either Legislative or Judicial support positions.