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Indian River State College honors Angelina Burbank with the Spring 2024 Military and Veterans Services Student Award

Indian River State College honors Angelina Burbank with the Spring 2024 Military and Veterans Services Student Award

Fort Pierce – Wednesday, July 10, 2024: Indian River State College (IRSC) has announced that Angelina Burbank has been named a Military and Veterans Service (MVS) student in Spring 2024. She will be recognized with the MVS Student Spotlight Award for her dedication to both her military service and her academic endeavors.

Angelina is currently pursuing an Associate in Science degree in Pre-Dental Hygiene Health Science at IRSC. She just completed the program’s requirements while achieving an impressive 3.8 cumulative GPA. “My passion for becoming a dental hygienist comes from wanting to help people in the healthcare field, especially in the dental field,” she said. “Because it’s satisfying to see how much happier and more confident patients are when they have a brighter smile.”

Before enrolling in pre-dentistry studies, she served for three years as a human resources specialist in the Florida Army National Guard, where she developed valuable leadership skills that translated well to her academic and extracurricular activities at Indian River State College.

“The knowledge I gained in the National Guard has empowered me to speak with, mentor, and personally reach out to my fellow soldiers to ensure their personnel needs are met,” she said. “My time in the National Guard has not only allowed me to learn and grow professionally and personally, but it has also given me the confidence to embrace my identity as a Hispanic of Panamanian and Bolivian descent and continue to be an inspiration to others.”

Angelina graduated from Fort Pierce Central High School in 2021 where she held leadership positions in JROTC. She completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson in 2021 and Advanced Individual Training in 2022. She was awarded Distinction in Basic Combat Training. She made the Commandant’s Top 3 list in her Advanced Individual Training course. She is the third generation in her family and the first female to join the military.

Angelina’s academic excellence is complemented by her extensive involvement in IRSC campus organizations. She is an active member of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) and the Health and Self Club. She is president of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) and has previously held the positions of secretary and vice president. Burbank has also served as co-president of the Nu Iota chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK).

“PTK is very involved in the school and it was a nice feeling to be a part of an organization where I could participate in both community and service,” she said.

Burbank’s commitment to the community is evident in her participation in numerous events, such as fundraising car washes, the American Red Cross Holiday for Heroes program, the Out of Darkness Treasure Coast – American Foundation Suicide Prevention Walk, and she has also participated in the Night to Shine event, among others.

Looking back on her time at Indian River State College, Burbank said, “Some of the most memorable experiences at Indian River State College included the trip to Universal Studios and helping out with the 2024 NJCAA Swimming Championships being held at Indian River State College.” She credits her military background with developing the leadership skills that have enabled her to mentor fellow students and create opportunities for community involvement.

When asked if she would recommend Indian River State College to other veterans, Burbank said, “Yes! I would definitely recommend Indian River State College to any veteran, whether they are retired or still in service.” She praised the support provided by veterans’ advisors, especially while on active duty, and praised the school’s accounts receivable/finance teams for their understanding of the benefits of a military education.

Burbank also highlighted the flexibility and support of Indian River State College professors in fulfilling her military obligations. “The professors I had during my time at Indian River State College were always very understanding of my military obligations and were able to work with me when I was away for a period of time to fulfill my obligations,” she explained.

Angelina embodies the spirit of service and academic excellence that Indian River State College strives to instill in all its students.