As the oldest child, Erick Akins strives to be a role model for his younger brothers. Going to college was a dream of his, one that would let him be the first in his generation to attend college on his mother’s side. Not wanting to burden his family with financial loans, Erick just needed some financial assistance to get there.
Jacinta grew up in a military family, her father retired from the Air Force as a Technical Sergeant. Even her mom worked at the Department of Defense in a civilian role. Jacinta loved the opportunities to meet new people, see new places and experience different cultures – hallmarks of growing up a military kid. But with two siblings, Jacinta was going to need financial assistance to make her educational dreams happen.
“To be a professional woman in the military community and pursue a career…has personally and professionally built my confidence,” Kristina says. Being a role model for her children, she’s showing them that putting in hard work now will definitely pay off later. Receiving educational assistance from Air Force Aid Society also eased her Airman husband’s mind, knowing that his wife wouldn’t have been able to attend college otherwise.