Military Family Scholarship Winners

Berry Law created the Military Family Scholarship as a community engagement program to support students who are family members of military personnel and Veterans. The goal of this scholarship is to provide students with an opportunity to share their stories, and serve as a beacon of hope.

Our team at Berry Law is honored to assist students in the pursuit of their higher education through this financial award.

Applications are currently being accepted for the current year and can be submitted by visiting our scholarship page.

2021 Winner: Margarita Dooley

Rita Dooley, who lives in Council Bluffs but was originally from Texas, served in the U.S. Army from 2012 to 2021. She was a brigade ammunition officer for 334 Brigade Support Battalion of the Iowa Army National Guard and also served as executive officer of the unit. She will use the scholarship to finish her master’s degree in legal studies from American Military University.

Reaction: My military life has a direct correlation to the person I am today. Without the military, I would not have the undergraduate degree I hold, the leadership experience and the opportunities it has allowed me.

2020 Winner: Jennifer Worrell

I am working on my Masters of Business Administration at Penn State University and my background is in public and community health. I am from Wisconsin but am currently stationed with my active-duty, Army husband in Stuttgart, Germany. We love traveling, hiking, and wine-tasting throughout Europe. I also work for the American Red Cross and assist our military community with family emergencies.

Reaction: I am so honored to receive the Military Family Scholarship! Now I will stress less about finances and be able to focus more on my studies. Thank you Berry Law for this great opportunity, I still can’t believe I’ve been selected.


2020 Runner-Up: Armando Kraynick

Armando Kraynick is an active duty Air Force officer currently serving at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Armando graduated from Oregon State University in 2016 with a Civil Engineering degree and commissioned as a logistics officer. He is currently attending Oklahoma State University where he is working on earning his Master in Business Administration to enhance the skills necessary to better serve the organization and people he works with. Armando enjoys outdoor activities as well as traveling around the world experiencing different cultures.

Reaction Statement: I am honored to have been selected for this scholarship and thankful to Berry Law for their continued support of the military community. This scholarship will assist me in completing my MBA and as a result develop into a better leader and asset for the Air Force. Thank you Berry Law!

2019 Winner: Emma Himes

Emma Himes is a first-year law student at the University of Michigan Law School. Emma is from Omaha, Nebraska, and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Summa Cum Laude in 2018 with a B.A. in English, Spanish, and global studies. During the 2018-2019 school year, Emma taught English in Galicia, Spain, on a Fulbright award.

Reaction Statement: “As the daughter of an Air Force Veteran, I am so grateful to be awarded a scholarship that honors his service and my own commitment to education. ROTC was a pathway for my step-father to gain a university education, and seeing his fulfilling career as an attorney inspired both my sister and I to go to law school. Thank you to Berry Law for awarding me the Military Family Scholarship.”

2019 Runner-Up: Kennedy Conger

Kennedy Conger is a senior in high school in Indiana. She loves the beach, Disney movies, John Mayer, and traveling, especially to Africa. She is involved in theatre year-round for her school as the Tech Director. After graduation, Kennedy plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University in the fall to study Strategic Communications.

Reaction Statement: “I was very surprised when I received the scholarship because I wasn’t sure how many had applied and if I would even get a response back. I am very thankful for groups like Berry Law and how they support other students in pursuing an education.”

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