SCHOLARSHIP SPOTLIGHT: SHANNON ZANGAS
A Relay for Life volunteer, CARES Community Service Coordinator, and Peer Mediator, Shannon Zangas is a new Freedom Alliance Scholarship recipient from Butler, PA, who aside from her impressive extracurricular activities is pursuing a degree in International Studies at Dickinson College.
Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Zangas, Shannon’s father, was killed on March 9, 2004, in Iraq by men posing as Iraqi police who ambushed his vehicle killing him, his translator and partner during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Prior to his civilian position in Iraq, LtCol Zangas was an active-duty Marine from February 27, 2003, until his honorable (not final) discharge on December 29, 2003.
As a United States Marine, Shannon’s father proudly served this country for over eight years active duty and 24 years as a Reservist in the Selected Marine Corps. LtCol Zangas was not just committed to protecting the freedom and rights of Americans, Shannon describes him as a “patriot, humanitarian, and wonderful father.”
In a letter to Freedom Alliance, Shannon expresses that not only will the Freedom Alliance Scholarship enable her to attend a terrific college, but as a student can furthermore explore other opportunities at Dickinson such as studying abroad and providing service to the off-campus community.back