Student Veteran Receives “Heart of a Hero” Scholarship

By Ed Moorhouse

Rutgers-Camden student Nambaramey Dy receives the Heart of a Hero Scholarship from New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie. (Photo courtesy of the governor's office)

Rutgers-Camden student Nambaramey Dy receives the Heart of a Hero Scholarship from New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie. (Photo courtesy of the governor’s office)

Nambaramey Dy, a Camden resident and junior management major at Rutgers University–Camden, is one of 10 New Jersey residents and military service members to receive the 2015 New Jersey Heroes Heart of a Hero Scholarship.

The annual award helps advance post-secondary education or vocational training for New Jersey’s military men and women. Dy has served as a specialist/E4 in the United States Army since July 2011, responsible for logistics and food inspection at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

“I am surprised, but honored to be selected for this scholarship and I can’t help but to think of all of the veterans who have been in my network along the way,” says Dy, who is an active member of Rutgers–Camden’s Office of Veterans Affairs, which helps student veterans make a smooth transition from the military to academic life.

“It’s about not only adjusting to civilian life, but adapting to the academic life and taking on academic challenges,” Dy says. “It can be a struggle for vets who have been out of school for a while and I’m happy to take on a leadership role. It gives me a sense of pride that Rutgers–Camden values student veterans and makes an effort to help them.”

At the Rutgers School of Business–Camden, Dy is pursuing his management degree with a concentration in entrepreneurship and, upon graduating from Rutgers–Camden, plans to pursue his master of business administration with a concentration on strategic management. He ultimately wants to start his own consulting business.

A native of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Dy attended Camden County Technical School in Gloucester Township and studied business administration at Camden County College.

In 2014, he was named as one of the inaugural recipients of Rutgers’ Jeremy Kane Scholarship, named for a former Rutgers–Camden student killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2001.

Earlier this year Rutgers University–Camden was named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine, for the fifth consecutive year. The honor recognizes the university as one of the elite post-secondary schools for student veterans in the nation.

This year marked the fourth annual Heart of a Hero Scholarship awards, presented on Sept. 14 by New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie in Princeton. The New Jersey Heroes program has assisted 40 dedicated military men and women in advancing their career objectives.

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