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Vet gets $3,000 to attend Speed

by Denise Fitzpatrick, communications and marketing last modified May 16, 2014 02:14 PM

A few years ago, Clayton Spurrier worked as a nuclear machinist’s mate on the Naval aircraft carrier U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower. This fall, he’ll attend classes at Speed School of Engineering.

Vet gets $3,000 to attend Speed

Renee Finnegan, UofL’s military initiatives director, and Clayton Spurrier, a Navy veteran pursuing a computer engineering degree, chat with Kristen Roy of the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services.

Spurrier, 30, of Louisville, learned May 15 he is receiving a $3,000 scholarship from the TDF Foundation that will allow him to be a full-time college student for the first time.

“I took some classes at UofL this spring and last fall as a part-time student, but I could never swing going full-time,” he said. “Now, with this scholarship, I can.”

Spurrier, a Louisville native and St. Xavier High School graduate, plans to earn a degree in computer engineering.

“I was extremely pleased to connect TDF with a UofL student veteran,” said Renee Finnegan, executive director of UofL’s Office of Military Initiatives and Partnerships. “Every dollar can make a difference in a student veteran’s life.”

The TDF Foundation is affiliated with TDF Ventures, a venture capital fund based in Washington, D.C., that invests in early-stage communications companies. The foundation launched a scholarship program this year for veterans studying science, technology, engineering or math at accredited community colleges, colleges or universities.

“Clayton’s passion for science, technology and education is reflected in his academic accomplishments,” said the foundation’s Linda Nickell. “It’s an honor to award him our 2014 veterans scholarship.”

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