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Child of Marine Wins Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship

Anthony Cornealius

Waldorf College recently presented Victoria McQuillen, 20, of Wolfeboro, N.H., with a Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship.

McQuillen, who won the scholarship via an essay contest, said she applied because “being the oldest of six children, I wanted to show my siblings how important it is to go to college.”

The scholarship provides financial support McQuillen and her family.

“I am now able to afford college on my own without having to have my parents pay, therefore they can save and provide a college degree for one of my younger sisters,” she said.

The Hero Behind the Hero scholarship, which honors the spouses and children of active-duty public safety personnel (firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMTs and dispatchers) and military men and women, covers tuition for up to 24 months for one specific online degree program with Waldorf. McQuillen is the daughter of Chief Warrant Officer Scott R. McQuillen of the U.S. Marine Corps.

“After I graduate, I plan on devoting my life to helping other military dependents and wounded warriors,” said McQuillen. “My dreams are to become a teacher and to help the children of military members, because we all need a little help in our lives.”

Waldorf College, based in Forest City, Iowa, features residential and online degree programs in popular fields such as communications, fire science, criminal justice, business administration and more. Learn more at or call 877-267-2157.