Shawn Simmerman, a veteran and student at Front Range Community College-Westminster Campus, received a $1,500 Purple Heart Community College Scholarship for his spring semester studies.
Simmerman, who lives in Johnstown, also has taken classes at the Larimer Campus. He is completing core courses with an emphasis in biology. He plans to transfer to the University of Northern Colorado or Metropolitan State University of Denver for a bachelor’s degree before applying to physician assistant school.
Simmerman served five years of active duty as an Army airborne infantryman and two years in the National Guard. He left the service as a sergeant.
The scholarship comes from the Military Order of the Purple Heart, HM3 Christopher “Doc” Anderson Chapter 434 in Longmont. Veterans do not have to have received a Purple Heart to receive the scholarship.
Anderson was a student at FRCC in 2000 and 2001. For Veterans Day 2011, President Dorsey presented Anderson’s parents and brother with a Certificate in Emergency Medical Technology-Basic (honorary) “to reflect Doc’s service as a Navy corpsman” and an Associate of Arts Degree (honorary) “to reflect the path he started on at FRCC.” Anderson died Dec. 4, 2006, from enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, where he was a Navy Hospital Corpsman assigned to the Marines.
About Front Range Community College
FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online. FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System.
About the Colorado Community College System
The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, serving 137,000 students annually at 13 colleges and 39 locations across Colorado. Our open access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education opportunities. The System Office provides leadership, advocacy and support to the colleges under the direction of the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE).