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Incoming Student-Vet Earns Scholarship

Transfer student-veteran Rocky Brady received a scholarship for his leadership at Palomar College.
By David Rozul

Rocky Brady, a decorated Marine-veteran and San Diego State University incoming transfer, received a prestigious scholarship from the California Community College Student Affairs Association.

Selected for his leadership in the Palomar College Student government, Brady sat on multiple committees, represented the Associated Student Government in the faculty senate and led the student initiative to eliminate smoking and tobacco use on campus.

The scholarship recognizes an exceptional student-leader from a community college in the San Diego and Imperial Counties.

“I’m very appreciative of the scholarship,” Brady said. “And I’m excited to continue my education at San Diego State.”

Coming to the Aztec Mesa

Drawn to SDSU for its International Security Conflict Resolution (ISCOR) major, Brady says he is looking forward to all the courses and extracurricular activities offered on campus.

“There are so many classes I would love to take,” Brady said. “There being so many interesting topics within the program, I almost want to take them all.

“Coming here is an opportunity to learn, and a chance for me to apply my education to a future career.”

Experiences across seas

Brady served two tours in Iraq as an electronics technician, and then returned for a third as an explosive ordnance disposal technician. He is the recipient of the Humanitarian Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

“My experiences in the Marines have shaped me,” Brady said. “From the field to the classroom, I’ve learned that you have to navigate through it all, set a high standard, and challenge yourself.”

This week SDSU welcomes transfers as transfer orientation continues until August 15.