Hall receives Freedom Alliance Scholarship

LAKE PLACID Talia Hall, of Lake Placid, is a recipient of the Freedom Alliance Scholarship for children of US service members who have been killed or permanently disabled in an operational mission or training accident. Hall, a junior at St. Lawrence University, is pursuing a pre-medicine degree. The daughter of Cary Hall and the late Petty Officer 1st Class John Hall, Talia is a recipient of the Freedom Alliance Scholarship for the third straight year. The Fund has now awarded $2.5 million to the children of military heroes. We are proud to grant this scholarship to such an impressive student as Talia, said Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon. The purpose of this scholarship is to help alleviate the financial burdens of college tuition and also to honor the service of our military heroes through the achievements of their sons and daughters. Talias father PO1 John Hall of the United States Navy was tragically killed in a service connected incident. He proudly served with the Navy SEALS. My father has impacted my life by being my inspiration to be the best that I can be, said Talia. His strength and intensity that he learned from being a Navy SEAL has inspired me to be a great athlete. I only hope that I will grow up to be half as great of a person that my father was. Talia has been an active member of her school and community. An honor roll student, she was a member of the National Honor Society and won the Clarkson Achievement Award. In 2003 she was the Eastern Alpine Skiing Champion and in 2006 she was the New York State High School Skiing Champion. In addition to skiing she also played soccer and tennis. She was in the school band and sang in chorus. In her spare time she has volunteered at the New York Ski Education Foundation. The success of the scholarship fund is possible, said Kilgannon. Because of the support and generosity of the American public, especially individuals like radio and television host Sean Hannity whose tireless efforts on behalf of our troops and their families, is an example to us all. We are grateful for the outpouring of support because in the years ahead there will be many more children of military heroes who will need our help once they reach college age. We want to show them that a grateful nation will never forget their parents sacrifice, he concluded. In order to be eligible for a Freedom Alliance Scholarship, an applicant must be the dependent son or daughter of a U.S. soldier, sailor, airman, Marine or Guardsman who has been killed or permanently disabled (100% VA disability rating) as a result of an operational mission or training accident, or who is currently classified as a Prisoner of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA). They must also be a high school senior, high school graduate, or registered as a full time undergraduate student and under the age of 26. To learn more about the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund please visit www.FAScholarship.com or www.FreedomAlliance.org.

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