Seminole State College of Florida honored members of the armed forces Friday, November 11 at the annual Veterans Day Ceremony held on the Sanford/Lake Mary campus. During the ceremony the Foundation for Seminole State College awarded the endowed scholarship honoring fallen Marine Sgt. Mark Johnson IV, an alumnus who was tragically killed in May, 2015 during a Marine humanitarian mission in Nepal.
“It’s an honor to be awarded this scholarship in the name of a fellow Veteran who was killed in the line of duty while helping others,” says Blanco.
This year, the $500 scholarship was awarded to Josue Antonio Blanco, an army veteran who is studying automotive technology.
As part of the ceremony, a letter from John Mica, a strong supporter of Seminole State College, was read on his behalf by one of his staff members.
In addition to the scholarship presentation, the Veterans Day Ceremony, hosted by Seminole State’s Veterans Affairs Office and the Office of Student Life, included powerful music selections by SeminoleSound and the presentation of colors by the Winter Springs High School.
Sgt. Mark Johnson IV
Johnson, a married father of two, was one of six Marines killed in a helicopter crash while on a mission to help Nepal earthquake victims. Johnson, who grew up in Altamonte Springs, earned an Associate in Science (A.S.) in Automotive Service Management Technology in 2005 and an Associate in Arts (A.A.) in December 2008. He joined the military in early 2009.
To donate to the Sgt. Mark Johnson IV Endowed Memorial Scholarship, call the Foundation at 407.708.4571, or visit seminolestate.edu/foundation.
Nearly 1,000 veterans and their dependents attend Seminole State. The college has been named a Military Friendly College for the fourth consecutive year.