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Air Force Sergeant Propels Success in Military Career

'This scholarship affirmed my belief that applying one’s

self as much as possible will allow you to succeed'

March 26, 2018



Sergeant Spencer Dwight Hardesty, 26, of Canyon Lake, Calif., joined the United States Air Force at the age of 19.

“I thought it would be an awesome experience to serve in the same branch as my brother,” he said. “As time drew on, I gained a love and deep appreciation for the United States Air Force.”

Air Force Sergeant Spencer Hardesty and wife, Rose.


Hardesty recently graduated from Trident University with a degree in business administration. He’s now working toward a credential at Villanova University with the hope of commissioning as an officer in the Air Force. The VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” is helping pay Hardesty’s tuition expenses.

“Although I had finished my undergraduate program, the VFW is still opening doors in pursuing my education and helping me become a stronger candidate for commissioning as an officer,” Hardesty expressed.

“This scholarship affirmed my belief that applying one’s self as much as possible will allow you to succeed. It’s just a stepping-stone to achieving my ultimate goal. I know I need to apply myself in whatever I do to get where I want to be in life.”

When asked what advice he would share with other military members wanting to better themselves through education, Hardesty said, “There will always be obstacles, but your motivation and desire can propel you to find ways to achieve your goals.” 

Learn more about the VFW's “Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarship."