Major, U.S. Army
Bachelor of Science Dietetics and Nutrition from Keiser University
Lakeisha returned to school to attend Keiser University and was accepted to Sentinels of Freedom in January 2017. SOF supported her with financial assistance during the pursuit of her education as well as introductions to a financial coach and mentoring opportunities. The support from SOF allowed Lakiesha to move closer to her school which made a former two-hour commute only nine minutes. This allowed her to focus dedicate more time to her studies and accept an unpaid internship at the Miami Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Following her graduation from Keiser University she studied hard to pass the Licensed Nutritionist Exam and has since accepted a full-time position as a Registered Dietitian at East Alabama Medical Center.
Lakiesha has shared: “I am grateful for the Sentinels of Freedom (SOF) grant, without it, I am not sure I would have been able to finish my education…I also received phone calls quarterly to check on how I was doing, and during every phone call, the SOF representative always asked if I needed anything and how I was doing physically. These calls were a little reminder that I was not alone in my education journey.”