For Immediate Release — May 26, 2017 | Americas
Cindy Gibson: DoDEA Americas Public Affairs | 678-364-8044
PEACHTREE CITY, GA — May 26, 2017 — Ms. Nataliah Whetstone, a senior at Fort Campbell High School (FCHS), has been awarded the Emily J.T. Perez Foundation, LLC scholarship. The $5,000 scholarship will be sent to the college where Ms. Whetstone plans to attend this fall and deposited in her student account to be used for school-related purchases.
Second Lt. Emily J.T. Perez, 23, and a platoon leader, died on Sept. 12, 2006, of injuries sustained in Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated under her Humvee during combat operations. She was assigned to the 204th Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., 2LT Perez was a four-year letterman in track and sang in the gospel choir. While in high school she began an HIV-AIDS ministry.
Ms. Whetstone is involved in many high school activities, to include softball, volleyball, National Honor Society, student government, Student to Student, advanced band, the Model United Nations and the Daughters of Zion.
The daughter of Major Natacha and Command Sgt. Major Roosevelt Whetstone, Ms. Whetstone will attend Fisk University, in Nashville, Tenn., in the fall. She plans to major in Biology, attend medical school and ultimately become a pediatrician.
Parents of 2LT Perez are Daniel and Vicki Perez. Daniel is the Information Technology Chief for DoDEA Europe and Vicki works for the Europe Dental Command on Sembach Kaserne, Germany. They began the Emily J.T. Perez Foundation LLC to honor their daughter's memory.