Saint Martin’s University Proudly Recognizes TSgt Orlando Zepeda Sanchez as the 13th America’s Service Heroes Scholarship Recipient

Submitted by Saint Martin’s University

Technical Sergeant Orlando Zepeda Sanchez, a member of the U.S. Air Force for over sixteen years, has been chosen by Saint Martin’s University as its 13th recipient of America’s Service Heroes Scholarship. The award was announced Nov. 6 at Saint Martin’s Gala 2021, a major fundraising event for University student scholarships.

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“Saint Martin’s University has a long tradition of honoring those who serve in our military and the need to support their educational goals,” says Chantelle Marker, associate dean of military and graduate programs at Saint Martin’s University. “The America’s Service Heroes Scholarship provides funding not otherwise available to our men and women in uniform to access education and give back to those who give so much.”

TSgt Zepeda Sanchez has been nominated for this year’s American Service Hero Scholarship because of his perseverance in fulfilling his goal to obtain a bachelor of arts in psychology degree. Orlando first attended Saint Martin’s University in the fall of 2013, but deployments kept him busy until the spring of 2017. Since that time, he has been diligently working on his degree requirements while maintaining a respectable grade point average.

“Orlando made a lasting impression upon me in his first class with me at JBLM. He was diligent, well prepared, and absorbed new material quickly,” said Dr. Patricia Lott, psychology professor at Saint Martin’s University – Joint Base Lewis-McChord Campuses. “His passion for this discipline is one that manifested then and now in this current class that he is taking with me, in professionalism, leadership, passion, and dedication,” says Lott.  “I have the utmost confidence in his abilities.”

TSgt Zepeda Sanchez is from Auburn, WA. He is currently assigned to the Office of the Vice President as the NCOIC of Vice President Transportation section at the White House in Washington DC. He joined the Air Force in June 2006, serving as a vehicle operations technician, 90th Logistics Readiness Squadron, at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. In January 2010, Zepeda Sanchez was relocated to the 627th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Joint Base Lewis McChord, serving in vehicle operations as the training validation supervisor.

He has been awarded Air Force Commendation Medals, Air Force Achievement Medals, Army Achievement Medals, a Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Air Force Meritorious Unit Awards, and an Armed Forces Service Medal.

His short-term goals are to complete his bachelor’s degree in psychology and continue his master’s degree with Saint Martin’s. His long-term goals are to continue his military service as a military psychologist.

TSgt Zepeda Sanchez has three children: Jason Zepeda, Maya Zepeda, and Maraya Zepeda. He graduated from West Auburn High School in 2005 and attended the Community College of the Air Force, from 2006 to 2015, completing his associate degree in applied science.

He is a psychology major at Saint Martin’s University and possesses a 3.39 grade point average.

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