Pleasanton veteran Kristi De Lashmutt recently received the $5,000 Carl's Jr. Stars for Heroes Scholarship at Las Positas College from the Valley Veterans Foundation.
De Lashmutt, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2010-14 and attained the rank of sergeant, is studying at the Livermore community college with a focus on science. Her ultimate educational goal is to earn a doctorate in microbiology.
"This scholarship is extremely important in not only helping fund my educational goals but also in motivating others to utilize similar resources available to them and to help them reach their goals," De Lashmutt said in a statement.
"Winning this scholarship also opens a door into allowing me to assist in creating a program that will not only benefit myself, but other women in STEM," she added. "My GI bill funds will most likely become exhausted before I attain the degree that I would like to earn. With that being said, this scholarship has chipped away at my financial anxieties and I can better focus on my education."
De Lashmutt's family has deep ties to the military. She was raised by a single mother with five children -- four of whom have served in the military and the other is on his way to serving in the Marines.
During her military career, De Lashmutt's accomplishments included performing as a saxophonist for the Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band as well as a protocol NCO for the Marine Corps Forces Pacific Command.
"Kristi exemplifies the forward thinking and successful veteran. We are honored to have her as our 2020 Women in STEM Scholarship recipient. We will be awarding her the $5000 Carl's Jr. Stars for Heroes Scholarship along with career and financial mentoring," said Susan Campbell, executive director of the Valley Veterans Foundation.
The Tri-Valley-based foundation is marking 13 years of awarding scholarships and providing career and financial mentorship for veterans at Las Positas College.