Freedom Alliance Scholarship Ambassador

About Our Ambassador Program

Group Photo Banner of FASF Students on the National Mall in Washington, DC

Honoring Their Parent’s Sacrifice and Representing the 500 Students on Scholarship

Each year, one student is chosen from hundreds of scholarship recipients to serve a semester as the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Ambassador. These Scholarship Ambassadors help administer the Scholarship Fund, work with fellow recipients, and share their stories with community groups and supporters across the nation.

Gaining Real World Experience

Students who serve as Scholarship Ambassadors are given the opportunity to speak at events, where they will hone their public speaking skills, meet influential leaders in government, business and industry, and work with the Freedom Alliance team while traveling throughout the United States and abroad.

In addition, Scholarship Ambassadors gain professional workforce training and learn to work as a member of a team by experiencing the day to day business operations in the organization’s Virginia headquarters.

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Helping others from a Similar Background

Our Scholarship Ambassadors serve as mentors for many of their fellow scholarship recipients who have also suffered the loss of a parent who died while serving. In addition, through Freedom Alliance-sponsored events and activities, Scholarship Ambassadors get the opportunity to personally meet and share their own stories with other scholarship recipients, building meaningful bonds with others who have faced similar struggles.

Through their ability to connect with others, Scholarship Ambassadors can build lasting, impactful bonds with other scholarship recipients to help foster a sense of community with other students who have lost a parent serving in the line of duty.  These students’ statements demonstrate the impact that Freedom Alliance’s Scholarship Ambassadors have had on their lives:

Scott Zangas Profile PhotoMany of us have grown up without ever meeting kids who can relate to experiencing such a monumental loss. Being able to finally do that offers many of us closure, and we form powerful bonds that are entirely unique. I have never felt more welcomed and at home than I am with my friends made through Freedom Alliance.
Charles Scott Zangas, Scholarship Recipient


Asia Solomon on a Freedom Alliance Regional Scholarship Retreat in NYC It was an honor to meet others like myself, and get to know the people behind the magic, who have the most genuine, beautiful souls I have ever met. I am proud to be a part of the Freedom Alliance family forever, and look forward to future retreats!
Asia Solomon, Scholarship Recipient

2022 Scholarship Ambassador: Abigail Chalfant

Abbie is from Jacksonville, FL. She graduated early, summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a double major in Microbiology and Psychology.  Her goal is to complete a PhD in clinical psychology and become a child psychologist specializing in early intervention and treatment for autism. Abbie’s father, Navy LCDR Michael Chalfant, was killed in 2002 in a plane crash while preparing for deployment to the Middle East.




Past Scholarship Ambassadors

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2021 Ambassador: Mr. Seth Straw

Seth Straw is from Pensacola, FL, and graduated from Auburn University in 2020 with a major in Animal Science. His father, USMC 1stLt Robert D. Straw was killed on May 23, 1997 in a helicopter crash.  Seth is currently enrolled at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, and is set to graduate in 2024 and begin his veterinary practice.

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2020 Ambassador: Ms. Julia Morris

Julia is from Virginia and graduated from Virginia Tech University with three different majors: Sociology, Criminology, and Psychology.  Her father, Captain James Morris served in the Unites States Marine Corps and was killed in a training accident when his T-34 single engine plane crashed. He was serving as a flight instructor at the time. Like her father, Julia aspires to serve our country and hopes to work for the FBI as a special agent. In 2021, she was selected for the high honor of a Gold Star Congressional Fellowship.

2019 Scholarship Ambassador Brandi Anderson

2019 Ambassador: Ms. Brandi Anderson

Brandi Anderson is a native Floridian and thanks to her scholarship, she was able to attend her dream school, Stetson University, and graduate with a major in Public Management. She currently works as an inspector for the Volusia County Mosquito Control program. Brandi’s father, Navy PO2C Michael Anderson was killed in 2004 in Ramadi, Iraq in a mortar attack that left four others dead and 35 wounded. She was selected in 2021 for the high honor of a Gold Star Congressional Fellowship.

2018 Scholarship Ambassador Shelby Summers

2018 Ambassador: Ms. Shelby Summers

After completing a degree in Business Management in 2019, Shelby moved to New York City to continue her education in interior design and to work in the retail fashion industry. Shelby’s father, Army SFC Severin W. Summers, was killed in action while on patrol in Qole Gerdsar, Afghanistan.

2016 Scholarship Ambassador Jacob Rangel

2017 Ambassador: Mr. Jacob Rangel

Jake graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in Communication Studies. He is currently working for a nonprofit organization as a grant administrator. Jacob’s father, Air Force SSgt Ray Rangel was a firefighter with the 7th Civil Engineer Squadron. He was killed in Balad, Iraq while trying to save two soldiers trapped in an overturned Humvee in a canal. 

2015 Scholarship Ambassador Haley Hartwick

2015 Ambassador: Ms. Haley Hartwick

Haley graduated from Baylor University in 2017 with a degree in Social Work and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. Haley’s father, Army CW3 Michael L. Hartwick was killed in action when his Apache Helicopter was shot down by enemy fire in Iraq.

2014 Scholarship Ambassador Shannon Zangas

2014 Ambassador: Ms. Shannon Zangas

Shannon’s scholarship allowed her to attend her dream school, Dickinson College, and graduate with a degree in Political Science. She went on to receive a masters degree in Education, and now teaches high school. Shannon’s father, USMC LtCol Robert J. Zangas, was killed in Iraq by men posing as Iraqi police who ambushed his vehicle.

2013 Scholarship Ambassador Kalie Walters

2013 Ambassador: Ms. Kalie Walters

Kalie graduated in May 2013 from the University of West Florida with a degree in Psychology. She has dedicated her career to helping others in the military community. Her father, Air Force TSgt Howard Walters, was killed in action while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. It was his dream that she go to college and make a better life for herself. 

2012 Scholarship Ambassador Cheyenne Yost

2012 Ambassador: Ms. Cheyenne Yost

Cheyenne earned her degrees in Communications and Occupational Therapy. She currently works as a certified Occupational Therapy Assistant in Los Angeles, California. Cheyenne’s father, Army MSG Anthony R. Yost, was killed in Mosul, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his actions.

2011 Scholarship Ambassador Maria James

2011 Ambassador: Ms. Maria James

Maria received her first Freedom Alliance scholarship in 2008 and graduated debt-free with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue University. She currently runs a political consulting firm with two partners in Indiana. Maria’s father, Army LTC Leon James, lost his life during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq. 

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